I saw a post on a pantry make-over using what you have around the house and it motivated me to do my own! I can do so well and stay on top of the kids to keep it tidy and then someway, somehow life goes at the speed of light, my nagging fades, and I’m left with this:
It’s not the worst pantry I’ve ever seen but it’s most certainly not the best either. It’s hard for me to find things when they’re shoved in corners and hidden behind boxes. It turns my morning into mayhem, in no time flat!
Something about a clean and organized pantry feels like sweet poetry to my mind. I begin my day finding exactly what I need quite easily.
I chose a time with a semi-free 30 to 45 minute slot and got to work. I kept the girls within seeing range in the kitchen, to keep an eye on their work progress, and away I went.
First step was to take out items that do not belong in a pantry, not my pantry anyway. I had been searching and searching for the silver duct tape and my first aid kit for my car and in my pantry they appeared!
Bags are a must in our home. But soon they become a menace! I’ve tried a stainless steel bag holder, a mesh holder (which when loaded down constantly falls off the hanger), and many other containers. I took all of these out of my pantry and started from scratch. I agreed to part with a majority of them and keep only what could be squished into one reusable bag.
I hate to waste good space but there’s something about things on the floor that irk me. As you can see, I put a few things down there and before you know it, there’s a LOT of things on the floor and it looks cluttered and dirty. I also tend to not clean the floor because, let’s face it, I’m NOT going to move all of those things out of the way, clean the floor, and then move them back into place! I decided to place only the things that did not fit on the shelves onto the floor.
I had a lot of containers. And although I love the look of cute containers with labels, I chose to use only what I had within my kitchen. And then only the mainly see-through one so that I can quickly assess what I’m running low on and what’s inside of them.
I placed the girls items where they could reach them, the items that I use in an accessible spot, and at the top the thing least used and my husbands “junk stash”, and then just filled in the rest of the empty spaces. It only took me 43 minutes; including several pet and child interventions!
My pantry after the big clean up
Ahhhh….music to my ears and pantry poetry in motion.
I hope you can take some of these ideas and get after it!
Wake your Inner Wonder Woman!