I’ve clearly had a lot of time on my hands lately, and when I have lots of time, I clean and organize. Today, I tackled the pantry. Our pantry is usually fairly organized, but it had gotten a little out of hand, so I wanted to try to implement some systems that might help keep it clutter-free.
Here’s the before:
The floor was the main thing that bothered me. All of those bags and boxes and random stuff, you could hardly walk in the closet!
It is semi-organized, but just doesn’t ‘look’ organized.
Seriously, how many bags do we need?
I started by cleaning out everything from the floor. Initially I was going to put the soda/beer boxes down there in the corner, but didn’t like the feel of it there, so I went in search of something sturdy that could hold them.
And I found this in our entry way 🙂 Of course I knew it was there, but a little lightbulb went off when I was searching, since this wasn’t going to stay in the entry way forever, and it was short enough to fit under the first shelf in the pantry, it was the perfect, cheap choice.
There weren’t too many opportunities for in-progress shots, but above is the finished product! The sodas stored in the wooden bench from Ikea, the sandwich baggies, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, etc. all in the basket above the bench, cat food shelf (they are running a bit low, huh?) above that, then cereals and morning food, then teas, gatorade and bottles for sporting events.
I kept the location of most things the same, trying to avoid the “hey – where is the ___?” conversation. I put all of the grocery bags in one big one, did the same with the paper bags, put the onion and potato bowl back on the floor with the big Costco sized oils and vinegars. The cooking stuff that we use regularly is on the first shelf along with a low sided basket for all our chips and beside that, our nuts and dried fruit. The next shelf up has our chips and cookies (thank you Girl Scouts) and breads in a round basket. Above that is the astas, sides, soups and, canned goods, then finally on top are the paper goods, like plates, cups and napkins.
I’m pleased with the outcome and when Robert came home from work, he said it looked good, plus he didn’t have to ask me where anything was 🙂