Since one of my New Years resolutions was to organize the house what a better way to spend the 1st day of the New Year but organizing and cleaning out the pantry!
Since moving to the new house and never having a pantry before I was thrilled when Jake agreed the closet in the dining room over the stairs was the perfect place to put in a pantry! Over the year when we needed to get rid of something fast it got stuffed in there. Unfortunately, it usually didn't come back out! So needless to say the pantry looked something like this:
So I started with emptying out the entire pantry onto my dining room table. I'll save you that picture. Its not pretty! Then I just started to separate and throw away outdated and opened items that were bad or stale. I had a magnet board that I couldn't find a good place for. I decided I'd put it inside the door. I could put important stuff that I didn't want to lose on the board. Then I found (cleaning) the scraps of cork board (from a different project) and decided to put them on the inside of the door too! I also wanted a pad of paper somehow in there to have to writing down grocery items that we need as we think of them. You know, for example, I'm looking for cream of chicken soup and I notice there isn't any or I'm taking the last one. Instead of making a mental note (and forgetting it) I can write it down right away! That also meant I needed something to store the pens in. So organize organize organize and this is what I came up with:
One of my best finds by cleaning out the pantry:
|Clean and organized! The top shelf has a box with wrapping paper, gift bags, and tissue paper in it for a quick grab!|
|The top shelf has plates that my mom gave us that we usually use on Thanksgiving. The right side has Chrissy crafts that are only for adult supervision. The left side has important papers and sewing things.|
|This cabinet isn't quite finished I'm guessing, but it had overflow from the pantry so it is clean now!|