I don’t know about you, but I’m in the mood to get my house back in order after these last few weeks. December kinda felt like a whirlwind, so I’m ready to start January with some deep cleaning and de-cluttering of all the things. I actually ordered a whole bunch of organizing bins and I’m kinda geeking out over all the different spaces I want to clean up. I guess you know you’re an adult when organizing is exciting. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to do this as a new little series on the blog–every Monday in January we’ll organize a different space. First up is the kitchen pantry! It looked like a bomb went off in there, so I thought this would be a good place to start. Ok, let’s get to it. Here’s how the pantry looked before:
I know. It’s awful. But in my defense there are five of us living here and well, we are messy. First up, I started by pouring a cup of coffee and reciting a few encouraging words to myself. Then once my courage was up, I removed everything from the pantry to clean the shelves.
This is where it gets worse before it gets better. At this point I was really questioning my life choices, but this part of the process is important. I threw away anything that was expired, excessive amounts of junk food, and anything we didn’t need anymore. That helped narrowed down the pile. I also moved any canned goods that had made their way into the pantry back to the lazy susan.
Then I started putting my organization containers in the pantry to help me figure out where things should go. Here’s how it all came together:
Ta da! Much better, huh? It’s nothing super fancy, but I can’t even begin to tell you how good it feels to have this pantry organized and no longer looking like a bomb went off in there.
This is my favorite area of the entire pantry–the SNACK SECTION!
It took me about two hours from start to finish to organize my pantry. Perfect little afternoon project. And now I’m just hoping we can keep it looking like this for at least a couple months. Fingers crossed. I also rounded up some pantry/food storage bins in case you’re also looking to organized your pantry!
PANTRY ORGANIZATION FINDS: