Today I want to share with you 5 steps to help you organize your pantry or kitchen food cabinets.
Let's face it, not all of us are lucky enough to have a glorious walk in pantry, with beautiful floor to ceiling shelves.
Mine is a pseudo walk in.
...More like a step in...
Ok, maybe a reach in.
When we had the pantry re-built after our huge leak, I had the opportunity to have the pantry wall re-built from scratch.
I had drawings, and specifications.
Let's just say that it was never going to be a walk in, but it WAS supposed to be wider than what it wound up being when completed.
I'm not sure where our wires got crossed, but the pantry was built, and it was narrower than planned.
There was sooooo much going on with the reno, that I let it go, rather than have it re-built to my original specs. Click to see my Post Reno House Tour. I really am happy with how it all turned out!
It actually works quite well for us. Someday, in another home, I may get the walk in pantry of my dreams, but for now, this one works just fine.
So here she is...Cabinets closed. Not a walk in, but she sure is pretty!
I had designed it to be able to step all the way in, and reach everything on each shelf with ease.
This is where the wires got crossed with the carpenter, because the U shaped opening in the center was supposed to be several inches larger, but, C'est la Vie.
5 Steps to an Organized Pantry
1. Clear out the old!
-Wipe down the shelves and make sure everything is fresh and clean.
2. Bring in the storage containers!
-Use cute clear containers to store dry goods, and label everything!
-Try to use matching containers for a cohesive look. (I bought mine at Ikea.)
3. Label. Label. Label.
-I used chalkboard vinyl that came in a sheet. I cut them to size with decorative sheers.
-When everything is labeled it's easier to see what you have, and what you are running low on when you are making out your grocery list.
4. Organize by Shelves.
-It helps keep everything organized, if you have a system in place.
For example, I have my breakfast items on the first shelf, followed my canned good and grains on the second shelf. Snack foods and misc. on the third, Baking etc, on the fourth, and small appliances on the bottom.
5. Stand Back and Admire your Work!
-It's so gratifying to bask in your accomplishment, so take a minute or two and celebrate your end result.
(I like to have a little impromptu dance party!)
...Shhh. Don't tell anyone. ;-)
Check out all that loveliness...
Go on, I'll just be over here shakin' my groove thing! :-)
And that's what I call pretty!
Do you like organizing as much as I do?
One more look at the whole thing!
Here's to a great day!
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