Monday, February 27, 2012

Putting Together the Pantry


Well, you've probably noticed that I haven't been in project mode lately, so I know the blog's been a little boring. I hope to post soon on some things we have been working on these past couple of weeks. We have really been in an organizational mood lately, and it's wonderful! Not many crafty things are being created, but we are definitely knocking a dent in our house cleaning & streamlining, which is priceless.

 I have to brag on my sweetie. He has been the one in an organizing mood lately (praise the Lord!), and has been taking advantage of it around the house. I got home from my best friend's baby shower two Sundays ago, and the house had been vacuuumed. I absolutely HATE the task of vacuuming, and he knows this, so he vacuumed the whole house for me
while I was gone.

Then, that night, he decided he wanted to organize the pantry. Our pantry has become somewhat of a blackhole for snacks, boxed foods, and plasticware. It was an unorganized mess. I will swallow my pride and show this "Before" photo here...ugh...


So shameful, isn't it?? My grandmother would not be proud if she saw this, that's for sure. She's the queen of clean in my family. :)

You can see our snacks & cereals & such on the top shelf, then the great tupperware abyss on the bottom shelf.

So, we started out by taking all of that junk out, and setting it out on our kitchen cabinets. It's one of those projects where it gets really messy before it gets clean. You have no other choice but to make a mess first in order to have it clean & organized in the end.



A sea of (unused) plasticware...


I bought two of these baskets at Dollar General for $4 each (but with a 50 % off coupon, ha!), and Zach used them for snacks & my K-cups. I had to head back to the store the next day to buy more. Love them!!


Here's my sweetie at work...



I loved this idea for my K-cups & hot chocolate mixes! There is no sense in keeping those bulky boxes!

Here is one of the other baskets we used, now known as the ramen noodle nest. I love my ramen!


And here are the Afters!

Top shelves...


This shows all 4 of the baskets that we used. The front two have our breads/buns and our cookies & such...


We have our neat little plasticware carousel in use & easily accessible now (on the right)...


The bottom shelves have tons of extra room now!


Ah, it's so much better!

9 comments:

  1. Found you through the new linky followers blog hop. I'm so happy to be your newest follower, it would be great if you follow me back. :)

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  2. Found you through the new linky followers blog hop. I'm so happy to be your newest follower, it would be great if you follow me back. :)

    And, on Friday I'll be hosting a "What does your blog want to be when it grows up" blog hop with a few of my blog buddies ... have you thought of your blog's hopes and dreams?

    Please check it out here...http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/when-im-five/

    Karah
    thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com

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  3. Cute idea. I have an unhealthy obsession with baskets. I buy them when cheap and find places to use them :) lol.

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    Jenna

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  5. Great organisation! Lucky you too, coming home to a vacuumed house!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  6. Love getting organized and love baskets, one in the same. What a cute idea, don't you just love getting organized. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Par.tay!!

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    http://www.gratefulbelly.com/

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  8. Oh man, you must feel so organized!!!! Great feeling, nah?!

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  9. Wow, those baskets are amazing! Last weekend my husband had the same urge, except that he just unloaded the entire pantry onto the counters, then it was up to me to put it all back in!

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