Hello and happy Friday! How about we start the weekend off with a little organization project? My kitchen pantry has been driving me crazy for the past few months. So I went to town and organized everything!
First, let’s look at the mess it was before. There was very little logic to where or how things were stored. Heartbreaking.
I felt like our pantry was overflowing, even though I knew there actually wasn’t that much in there. Furthermore, it took me an extra five minutes to find anything!
This was probably my most hated pantry shelf. Nuts, seeds, granola bars, dried fruit, cereal — everything thrown on top of each other in various bags and boxes.I also have an unusually large oil and vinegar collection which was taking up almost an entire shelf! Ack. What’s that peanut butter doing up there?Mixed in with all the food were various appliances, paper products, canned goods, aluminum foil, etc. Nightmare!!So about a week ago I finally broke down and turned to Amazon for help. I invested in some great food storage containers as well as some racks to hold cans and extra Ziploc bags/plastic wrap.
And then I spent a good three hours happily labeling and sorting it all. Here’s the after shot!
Is it wrong that an organized pantry brings me such joy?
Two great space (and sanity) savers: this can rack and the Ziploc bag box rack. Practical and efficient!My favorite mini project was getting all of the nuts, seeds, and dried fruit sorted out. We have a lot of those since I make granola bars every other week.
I invested in some large containers (instead of bags) which made it easier to stack, label, and sort. I had to buy about five new containers for the entire pantry– I was able to re-purpose many old Tupperwares and jars we already had.The top shelf of our pantry is pretty high up and difficult for me to reach and see. So I try to keep things up there that I don’t use as often and don’t weigh as much
Big labels and big cartons helped keep everything together! And yes, that’s a Talenti gelato container I’ve re-purposed. They’re seriously great for storage! Fact: eating ice cream makes you a more organized person.I also used an old yogurt container! It’s large enough to hold a few chocolate bars, but small enough so that it doesn’t hold too many chocolate bars
And look — I rounded up all of our peanut butters and contained them in one space!The oils, sauces, and vinegars got the VIP treatment. I sorted them into two sections: oils and sauces on the right, vinegars and jarred foods on the left. The other half of the shelf is dedicated to cereals and oatmeal.And then I went real crazy and made a little inventory list. It was a big project, but I’m so happy with my new pantry!! I think I sleep better at night and have extended my lifespan by at least a few years.
And FYI, here are those Amazon goodies I found if you’re interested:
- What’s your pantry looking like these days?
- Tips for food storage?
- Is my oil/vinegar collection insanely large, or is that a normal amount of jars to have on hand?!