I find that since cutting out most processed food, and aiming to eat more fresh, whole foods, I don't have the need to store a bunch of boxes and cans anymore. I have tried to streamline my shopping, and buy fresh fruits and veggies one or two times per week. We eat a TON of fresh produce.
I have been dreading the pantry clean out, and I'm embarrassed to say that there were things in there that had been expired for years!!! (Mostly canned goods, but some condiments found in the back too!)
Here is the space I am working with, and the new containers I purchased from Ikea a few days ago...
My pantry. -Uh...Cabinet. :-)
BPA free Ikea containers for storage.
Here are the 5 easy steps I used for an organized pantry.
- Clear out EVERYTHING, and dispose of old items.
- Wipe down shelves.
- Wash and dry storage containers.
- Load back in and arrange in a way that functions best.
- Label dry goods, and keep everything visible.
Here is the lovely before shot of my pantry. (*cringe*)
Yep. That's right, peeps. I'm keepin' it real! Just know that if I were the only one living here, angels would sing when I opened that cabinet, cuz that baby would be sparkling perfection! But alas...
Here's the first step.
Clearing out and discarding the old.
After wiping down, I loaded everything back in, new containers labeled and ready to go!
New pretty containers hold breakfast bars, nuts, snacks, and pasta and grains.
I also had to deal with another problem that I kept forgetting to tackle (intentionally blew off).
The previous owner put up some ugly plastic spice holders, and they were so stuck onto the cabinets, that when I re-painted, I decided to wait to paint the inside, until I dealt with removing them. (Lame?!)
See those little stinkers? Ooh, and the HIDEOUS old oak finish on the cabs?
I had to pound, chisel, and scrape!
Now I get to sand and paint the insides, but NOT today. :-)
I don't need my spices in the pantry, I prefer to have them close to the cooktop, in a drawer.
Well, that was a glimpse of my day today. Who else is in mission organization mode this month? Have you been working in your kitchen too? I'd love to hear your tips and tricks for keeping things neat and tidy.
Later this week I have to clean out the fridge and freezer, and the coffee and tea cabinet. Not nearly as much work as the pantry! (I hope!)
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