This month at iheartorganizing is kitchen month. When I read this at the beginning of February, I immediately decided I would NOT be doing any organizing in our kitchen this month. There's just TOO MUCH that needs to be set in order and organized to try to tackle it while still doing the way more fun job of finishing the nursery.
Then my mom reminded one day me that I need to make sure I have somewhere to store bottles, etc. in the kitchen. I was able to ignore her then. Last Saturday morning she sent me the photo of a pin she saw on Pinterest of an amazingly organized pantry. That coupled with a trip to the dollar store to see their brightly colored bins was all I needed to cave and decide to reorganize our pantry.
Here's a before glimpse of our pantry. Pretty awful.
One thing this view doesn't show is that we have way more spices than anyone could possibly ever need. The picture below shows about 1/3 of them.
Also, most nights I open the pantry door and immediately say "We have no real food to eat". How can a
pantry be this so with "nothing" to eat?
I already had white vinyl & dry erase markers on hand. So in the spirit of free, I went with cutting out white labels for my blue $1 store bins after I had pulled everything out of the pantry and started organizing.
Once I started sorting things out, I found that we had two bins full of pasta. So much for "nothing to eat", huh?!
I was able to quickly get the main food shelves sorted out and reorganized in one evening. But I still had the top shelves and the floor, as well as the shelf with baking items that I had to put off a few days to finish organizing. I ended up adding one shelf and moving all of my baking items to it. Since we buy in bulk, I now have a shelf over our heads dedicated to other/overflow items. So when I decide it's a good idea to buy a warehouse-size box of Oatmeal, I have somewhere to store all the excess where it's not in the way of daily items. I was also able to add a shelf closer to the floor, so no more using upside down cardboard boxes to store items off the ground.
All the blue bins came from the $1 store, which is good because I ended up needing a lot of them to get everything organized.
Our dog food container sat on the floor. It wasn't big enough to hold the 40lb bag of dog food that we've been buying, so that means a dog food container sat on the floor with a bag of dog food next to it. I found this container on Amazon that although pricey ($30), fit into the space / blue color perfectly. And the old bin with a hole in it has been around since 2005, so I didn't feel too bad upgrading.
And because everyone loves a good before and after comparison...
Now that everything's labeled and so easy to see, my husband thinks it's funny to keep moving the Pringles can into the other bins not marked "chips". The things boys get joy out of!