Come on, it’s January and every one is doing it. Organizing that is. January seems to be the month when every jumps on the cleaning and organizing bandwagon and guess what, this year I am taking a major leap!
Tomorrow marks the first day or our Organize-It Challenge, part of the Dog Days (of winter) Are Over series. I’ll be totally honest, organization is not one of my strong suits. I’m the type of person that needs my house to be picked up and neat and tidy, but tend to hide my messes behind the closed doors. Know where I’m coming from? So when I heard that the first challenge was organization it was actually hard for me to decide on a project because EVERY single room could use some help.
After some thought and chats with the hubby, I thought I’d kick off our kitchen remodel with a new pantry organization system! And my pantry didn’t just get reorganized, it got accessorized too :)
Yes, full disclosure here, this is what my pantry looked like just one week ago and here it is today! What a HUGE difference, whew! I didn’t realize how scary it was until I saw the before and after. And guess what? I am LOVING how organized it is. But who wouldn’t?
To me organization is a really personal thing. You may laugh at that, but it is. Every one’s brain works so differently and processes things differently (I find this so interesting) so when it comes to organization you need to do something that works for you. How I organize my pantry might not work for everyone, but it works really well for my family and our needs.
I went into the reorganization having a pretty good idea of how I wanted it to look so my first task was to set out and find the right type of baskets. I found these adorable rectangular wicker baskets at Fred Meyer (A Kruger Store). They cost me $15 for a set of three which I thought is a total steal.
I started by taking everything out of the pantry, throwing away expired food (that always makes me sad) and then putting food into categories. I laid all of the food on the floor and then decided what types of baskets I needed to create. I ended up with 9 types of baskets that included: Coffee & Tea, Snacks, Sweets, Breads, Flours (for all my GF Baking Flours), Pasta, Nuts & Dried Fruit and 2 Baking baskets.
My next step was to place the baskets on the shelves in a way that made sense for how often we’ll be accessing them and by placing like foods together. And most importantly, I wanted the basket sizes to match :)
To top the look off, I created faux chalkboard labels using black vinyl, card stock, jute and white paint.
And lastly, I bought one big basket for the bottom of the pantry to store all paper and plastic goods. Those tend to get out of control! And of course our cookie cutter collection :)
I really love how it turned out and so does my husband! When I asked what he thought of it, he said next to the Family Room Makeover, this was his second favorite project EVER. Hehe.
Have you been on an organizing kick lately too? Well, tomorrow it’s your turn to show off projects! Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow and link up your newly organized spaces. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to post them to the DDD Facebook Page.