I’m working on easing back into reality after an eventful, yet low key 4th of July weekend! I’m so glad Baby D didn’t decide to join us 🙂
We tackled a lot of home projects this weekend including a full day of home brewing a new beer to have on tap, building new adirondack chairs, scrubbing the boat… OK, so those were mostly Hubbs’ projects, but one that was all mine?
TOTAL PANTRY OVERHAUL.
I think I have a new favorite room in the house!
Let’s take a quick look at the before and you’ll see why I was so anxious to get my hands on this disaster of a space…
Eeks. That’s embarrassing.
One of my favorite things about this house when we bought it was it’s big, walk-in pantry, and I had not been making very good use out of it. Time for a change.
Step 1: Clear it out!
…even if it makes my kitchen temporarily look like this:
Step 2: Scrub it clean!
Well hello, belly. Aren’t we just poking out there further everyday?
Anyways, one day we’ll rip out those wire shelves, paint the pantry and replace with nice wood shelves… but it was not that day, so instead I scrubbed.
Step 3: Label!
I spent a little time writing down what I wanted to ‘group together’. I knew I wanted a whole shelf for grains, and after a little research and driving around town, I found these at Hancock Fabrics:
They are called Wallies. They are peel and stick chalkboards that you can put on anything. I was thrilled because they helped me turn ordinary jars into these:
Step 4: Restock!
Before the close-ups, let’s take a look at the total picture:
A bit different, right?!
I used the immediate shelves on the right to store our non-food lake essentials. Paper napkins, solo cups, straws, plates, bowls, etc. The highest shelves (that I can’t reach) now hold some of my serving platter accessories.
I bought a small wire shelf (Target) to help with storing cans. All my canned goods are easily visible. If I have 2 of a certain item, they line up behind each other so I can easily tell how much I have left.
Two mini lazy susans (Target) quickly organized my oils and vinegars, and make it easy to locate the one I am after.
My spice rack that hangs on the wall is even easier to navigate now. The top is for the oversized bottles, the second rack is for cooking spices, the third for baking spices and the lowest shelf is for spice blends.
Ah, my favorite part! I used those awesome chalkboards to clearly label my grains and baking supplies. (Miscellaneous baking supplies in the white basket (Target)).
The best part about the chalkboards is that I can easily erase and re-label if I find myself using a different ingredient more. Also, storing grains like this makes it easier to shop the bulk bins for extra savings!
And the back of the pantry door makes the perfect spot to store my grocery bags.
So, let’s compare: before & after
I’m in love with my new space! Everything is easy to find and I’m quickly able to see what I’m running low on.
Also, I found I’m more apt to using all the healthy grains and beans I have in stock because I can actually SEE that I have them in stock. Same with my raw almonds in the mason jar- I snack on them much more frequently now that I can see them!
What room in your house needs a makeover?