So excited about today's post! I re-organized my pantry. Again. I don't have a great "before" picture of everything looking awful like I usually do because my pantry is one area that always stays organized. I'm in and out of it so many times during the day and it drives me crazy when it gets messy. It used to look like this:
Ta-da! I'm now pretending I can hear oohs and aahs from all of you. If you aren't oohing and aahing that's ok. I'm going to pretend anyway. That's the fun thing about having your own blog. You get to pretend what you want.
A view from the side. Now I hear applause. And what? A standing ovation?
I'll come back from fantasy land and break this baby down for all of you.
We all eat the same thing for breakfast - Bran Chex for me, Oatmeal for Kenny, and sometimes the kids eat Cheerios. I bought these Press Containers for our cereal and I LOVE them. You can get them in two different sizes. Mine are the large size and I can fit about three boxes of Bran Chex in one of these babies. Major space saver! I bought them at The Container Store but for some reason I can't find them on-line. I'll keep looking, but here is something similar that would also work.
The handles on the back and the attachable lids that easily pop up and down make them so easy to use. Very kid friendly. Very Erin friendly.
They turned out great!
I attached the directions for waffles on the back of the Bisquick container just in case I forget. Actually just in case Kenny forgets since he is on waffle duty every Saturday.
I moved the cereal to the left because that is the easy to reach spot and we use those every day. The Bisquick can be tucked in the top corner because we only pull it out once a week. My best organizing advice is to set things up in a way that is the most practical for you and your family. Make it function well for you and your needs.
A better look at the lids. Love the way they seal shut!
I mostly bought the square containers but did buy a tall one for pasta. I was able to fill it with several packages of pasta and just left the wrapping on each of them. So nice to have them all together! The smaller container was the perfect size for Kenny's brown sugar he sprinkles on his oatmeal and fruit every morning.
I found this cute little scooper for the brown sugar at The Container Store.
Because life is about the little things. :)
I still organize all of my "sticky" items on a baking sheet. I've been doing this for years. It's a great way to keep your pantry clean and those items all corralled together. There was just enough room for my Prego stash in between the baking sheet and my clear baskets. Love maximizing every ounce of space!
I store all of my cans on the bottom shelf because we aren't reaching for them as often as the other items. I bought the large Expand A Shelf and it was the perfect solution! I love this organizer because you can make it as long as you need it to be. Now that my cans are stacked I can see everything so easily. No more searching for 10 minutes to find that certain can of beans. They make this in a smaller size too. A great organizing tool!
To the right I store paper plates and cups. Easy location for me and the kids to grab at snack time.
Honestly, this pantry organization has made my life so much easier. Yes, it takes a minute after grocery shopping to empty everything and keep it looking this clean, but in the long run it saves me time and money because I can so easily see what we have and need. I have SO much more room to store food because I toss all of those bulky boxes. The kids know where they can find everything and everyone knows where to put things away.
Plus did I mention that it just makes me happy to look in it!? I debated painting the inside (so many people are painting their pantries these days!) but as you know we are house hunting so I decided it wasn't worth the time it would take me. I'm sure in my next house my pantry will not only be organized, but a fun color as well!
So there you go. My "taken to the next level" pantry. Can I get a Woot Woot!! Nothing puts a smile on my face like a clean pantry and a clean fridge. Life is hectic, but having often used spaces organized somehow makes the hectic much more manageable. And a lot more fun.