I may have gone slightly off the rails last week when I made the decision to empty out my entire kitchen pantry to organize. Well, once one starts this, there is no turning back. I think my pantry has been a serious disaster since moving into our house with three babies. It’s just not a priority at the times when your kids need a fist full of goldfish immediately. I know you know what I’m talking about, Moms. My kids are now in school and I think the time has come to do something about the disaster zone.
When you give a mom a pantry to organize….she may go OCD on you for a solid five days.
Here is the shameful before picture. I know, it’s bad. The bottom shelf is purely slime ingredients.
I started with pulling everything out of said pantry and placing it all around my kitchen, throwing away empty snack boxes, trash, and expired foods. It was only after creating a huge mess that I jumped on Pinterest to get a few ideas for storage and found that I like the combo of glass canisters, baskets and wire.
There are so many storage options out there, but I wanted to select pretty things that I would like for the rest of my life. Organization is a financial investment.
I started with some pretty glass jars with lids as I had purchased three of these a few years ago and knew I could add on.
I placed a bunch of dried goods in these that I knew would look pretty. I did not realize I had five bags of lentils until starting this process.
I needed baskets next. I would recommend doing a basket that you can see through. I have tried organizing closets and if I choose a basket that is sold or fabric I can’t see a darn thing. I will either forget about what is in the container or trash it trying to sift through it. Don’t make that mistake even though a basket can be pretty. I went with these from Target.
They are a pretty dark grey metal with a cool copper handle. Sold. I bought the smaller, square size and the larger, more flat size.
I went with penny jars for the cereal, which is super cute and some large containers for the floor on the pantry that I can hide paper products….and slime ingredients.
I found these on Amazon as well.
I put my canned food in these wood bins from Target that are just slanted enough so that I don’t have to see all the cans, but just enough to know what’s in there.
My baking ingredients are stored in these metal, sealed containers because they need to last longer.
Lastly, I purchased some peel and place chalk board stickers to label everything.
Slime ingredients also made it to their own, large basket.
And my friend Bear looked on, stealing food at every opportunity.
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