:: weekend project :: organized pantry

4 years ago

I have a never-ending list of projects I want to do and things I want to make. One thing I wanted to focus on this year was getting me and my home more organized.

My kitchen is the heart of my place. It`s connects the living room and dining room with a pretty large island. I have limited cabinet space, so I have to make sure everything has a use and a home. The pantry was the main cabinet that needed the most attention. I never really thought of myself as messy or unorganized... until I started seeing pictures of amazingly organize pantries on blogs and Pinterest.

To tackle operation organize the pantry, I stuck to these easy steps:

1. Take everything out! This forces you to touch everything that way you can decipher if it is something to keep or toss.

2. Decide where everything goes. Since I have kids, I made sure the snacks and other things they use were within reach. My shelves are also very deep so I put the things that are not used as much towards that back.

3. Put it in a container. I thought that once I had cleaned out the pantry, I would have a better idea of what types of containers I would need to go out and buy. But it turned out that I didnt really need to do that. Under by sink I have saved empty jars of spaghetti sauce. I spray painted the caps and used them to hold cereal and candy.

4. Wrap it up. Did you notice the red and white chevron items? That is wrapping paper. There are so many other uses for wrapping paper besides the obvious. Here, I wrapped a large box of oatmeal that I put stuff I use for baking cupcakes in. I wrapped the cardboard that holds my instant noodles. And I wrapped a shoebox and filled it with fruit snacks.

Thats all I did. You can apply these steps to any closet you are trying to clean out. And I didnt spend any money but I did spend a lot of time. Now that it is organized, I know what Im low and make grocery shopping easier.

{Photos are mine}

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