It makes me sad when I have to start off a post with an apology, but I must. I am posting today about the reorganization of my pantry, and I apologize because I forgot to take the 'before' picture! What a knucklehead! Though the transformation may not be as evident to you all because there is not actual photographic evidence, I think you will still sense the dramatic transformation.
My mom was in town this weekend and pantry reorganization is the project we decided to tackle. She's a gifted organizer and tremendously motivated, so I knew that she would give me the advice as well as the get-up-and-go I needed to accomplish this large task.
Our first step was to remove everything from the pantry. The amount of stuff, some junk and some not, piled in there littered three rooms.
|the contents of the pantry
|more contents - I find this one particularly frightening
|even into the dining room (I always keep roses in my pantry. Ha!)
|an empty pantry
|bamboo roman shade
- put bigger lesser used items up or in back
- group food items together (cans together, pastas together, cookbooks together)
- organize dishes in a manner that made them easy to pull out and put back
|Lesser used items to the back
|from left to right: plastic silverware | paper napkins, votives | tea lights, cake pedestal (partial)
Our final and biggest task was grouping everything together. This was the hardest part because, of course, some things just don't fit. Which of these things is not like the other? Here is how we went about it. I will show you some of the bigger successes.
What I knew for certain is that I wanted my cookbooks at eye level (second shelve for this short girl) and right next to the door so I could quickly grab one.
|I love cookbooks. Aren't they pretty?
|grains, nuts and whatnots
|teas and Cliff shots
|hanging veggie basket
You'll notice that we have our recycling in that blue bin and next to that is our 'hamper' for napkins, dishtowels and dish rags. Maybe someday I'll find a prettier container for those items, but that is by no means a necessity to me.
In the future I'd like to get some pretty hooks for the east wall for aprons, our plastic bag holder, trays (I'm not loving that one on the floor), and grocery sacks. That is for another time and another post though.
Mom and Dad left on Wednesday morning and this little note was tucked inside the pantry.
No wonder I love notes so much. Thanks for your help, Mom, and the same goes to you. ;)