This week’s home organization project took much longer than anticipated. The kitchen pantry got tackled and it took 6+hours. To save time, cookbooks should have been sorted and baskets, bowls should have been rounded up before starting – rather than during the project.
After almost 19-years in our home, the kitchen pantry needed attention. The pantry has lots of shelves – which is good because we have a small kitchen.
My goal was to not buy any new storage containers to make the pantry more functional – and pretty. With plenty around our home already, it was easy. Baskets, bowls, and bucket type items are plentiful at second-hand stores and garage sales. Look around and don’t be afraid of a little elbow grease and spray down with the garden hose if they’re dirty!
Kitchen Pantry Organization
- Everything out: I took out everything – including the shelves – and gave it all a good wipe down. The walls needed painting but I skipped that.
- No contact: The old contact paper got removed from the shelves – and did NOT get replaced. I was going to and then decided not to bother. The shelves are a little sticky but it will go away.
- Baskets, bowls and buckets: Without buying anything new, I rounded up different shapes and finishes and placed them on the shelves. This helped break up the space of the shelves and will (hopefully!) keep items grouped together.
- All together: Grouping like items together helped me see what I had and where it needed to go.
- Shelf assignments: It really helped assigning items to shelves. Vices (wine, coffee and tea) were on the top shelf. Cookbooks and small storage came next. Oats, seeds, nuts, and the cookie jar went below and then savory, snacks, and canned goods went on a shelf. Pastas, grains, beans, and legumes were next and then salad spinner, onions, and lunch sacks were at the bottom.
- Consolidate: So many containers of the same item. How did we end up with 7 containers of honey? From chia seeds to brown rice and beans – everything that could get combined did.
- Trade out: Glass is the goal for storage but I’m not buying new containers, so the transition from plastic is slow. As I get containers – from peanut butter to pickles – if it’s a good glass jar, with a good top, it will get used in the pantry.
- Eliminate: We pared down the cookbooks and then we all added some back in. What can I say? Everyone has their favorites and hearts were broken with, “You’re getting rid of this cookbook I gave you?” So, some came back. Baby steps.
Another week and another area done. Honestly, I’m ready to be done with this organizing. Once I finish one area, I saw 5 more that need doing! Especially now that I’ve robbed the house to have baskets and bowls in the pantry. This weekend I’m getting the whole family involved. We’re tackling shoes!
How’s your home organization coming along? Are you cleaning out another area each week, too?
Go Gingham related links:
Fixing items at home – reduce, reuse, recycle and repair
How to make your own shelf liners – mine are gingham, of course!
How to organize those recipes and cookbooks – but no burning books!
Organizing recipes and set-up binders for the collection – you’ll be so glad once you do