No one stepped up to come over and organize my pantry, so I had to. Just kidding! It has been on my “To Do” List for awhile now. So, where to start? I truly was overwhelmed by the amount of work it was going to take. I started on my go to for ideas, Pinterest. I started with a simple search, pantry organization. You wouldn’t believe all the blog posts out there just about the topic of Pantry Organization! I was astonished. So pinning away I went. I spent about an hour on that one night. I then spent another hour weeding through, deleting those that didn’t work, or pertain to my situation. That was about 3 hours. It shouldn’t have been that long, but I got pulled into some of the blogs and starting reading other posts. There are so many great blogs out there! Here is one article by Kitchn that I found helpful, 5 Strategies for Organizing and this one by A Bowl Full of Lemons, Pantry Organization. Both had great ideas and lots of photos.
My next step was to head to Target to see what would work well for my pantry storage. I decided on these grey baskets. I know they aren’t see through, but they are clean looking and who doesn’t love gray? I purchased 3 different sizes, 5 of each. I figured it I didn’t need them all, I would return some. I also purchased 2 rack stands. About $130 in total.
I took on the huge job of sorting out my cookbooks. I don’t think you can really tell in the “Before” shot, but the entire second shelf was lined with cookbooks. I LOVE THEM! Read them like novels. But really was I using them all? The thought of purging, was a bit hard to grasp, but I knew I need to.
I was able to purge about one-third of them. So onto the pantry organization. I moved everything out of the way so I could stack the remaining cookbooks down one side of the pantry. I also organized them into categories of some sort, i.e. Everyday, Favorite Chefs, Baking, etc. This will help later when I need to grab a cookbook quickly.
The rest of the pantry organizing went fairly easy. Just had to think of breaking it into areas, baking, snacks, canned goods, and more. I used the baskets to put loose bags of pasta, rice, dessert mixes, dip mixes and so on. I already had the clear push button containers, so I loaded those up to get rid of the bulky and ugly boxes.
I moved my larger appliances to the top shelf (thanks honey!) I have a step stool I can use in the pantry that I leave just inside the door. So no problem getting them down when I need them.
Lastly, I used my new Brother P-Touch Label Maker. No one will wonder what is in that bin or where it is! Ta-da! I love this label maker! So….drum roll please!
Not only does it look great and I can find items easier, I feel great! I purged where I needed to, kept what I loved or needed. Cleaning and organizing can be a bit like therapy, good for the soul.