As many of you know, we just remodeled an older home and moved in back in August. Our goal of remodeling was three fold: update, maximize livable/usable living space, and increase storage. By moving our laundry room to the basement we were able to build a great mud room and add an extra-large pantry, both must haves for a family of seven. Well, over time my extra-large pantry became a collect all for all miscellaneous items that ended up in the kitchen.....it needed help. There were lots of great ideas floating around on Pinterest so I got busy!
Here you get to see my dirty little secret. Let me tell you, I am not organized. Although, I would like to be one of those people that has a home for everything, that is just not me. Even if I did have a home for everything, I am sure that six other people in my house would not. My house usually looks clean and put together, but open any closet and this is what you get. If my pantry experiment works, perhaps I will put my new found skills to work on all of the other closets in the house....it should only take me 16 years!
What do you think? Much better. The pantry has been organized for about a week. I like it, but I do not think the kids do, they liked it much better when they could see the food boxes. One thing I really like about this type of organization, is I know what I have, which will certainly help with my grocery list!
I found most of my supplies on line. The snap top containers are Lock& Lock, from QVC, and the crates are from Storables. I made the labels out of chalkboard contact paper, all you need is contact paper, a paper punch, and a chalkboard marker. I put a Ziploc in the pantry filled with supplies to relabel when I bring something new home.
There you have it, my first attempt at some "real" organization. Happy Wednesday!