Like I said, not awful, but I knew it could be better so last summer I decided it was time to take this baby to a whole new level! I started this little project in July, took my time and finished it in October. Then I took pictures of everything in November and finally in December I’m ready to share it! (Good thing I don’t roll this way with all of my projects…) Ready for the “new and improved taken to the new level” pantry?
A few reasons I decided to re-do this pantry – first of all, it’s so small and was always crowded with food. I knew I wanted to get rid of bulky boxes that were taking up too much room. Second of all, I live in a humid climate and if we don’t close the tops of boxes/sacks tightly after use the food doesn’t taste as fresh. Nothing like semi-soggy crackers and cereal. And third, well, I just wanted it to look prettier. :)
I spent a long time deciding which containers to use. I knew I didn’t want glass. Breakables get broken around here. And I’m not just talking about the kids. I’m incredibly clumsy and break things all the time. I’m sure Kenny would love to elaborate on this little fact. But that’s the other nice thing about having my own blog. No elaborating from Kenny.
For the rest of our dry goods I decided to use the OXO Good Grips. I can’t begin to tell you how much I love these. LOVE THEM. Great variety of sizes, fantastic lids that seal when closed keeping your food oh so fresh, plus they’re stackable. The only problem is that they aren’t cheap. The rectangle size is the one I needed the most of (second one on the left) and those are around 17 bucks each. That’s why I took so long on this project. I just bought one or two at a time. I could have bought them all at once, but then Kenny would have seen hundreds being spent on plastic organizers and he may not have been impressed. And I’m all about impressing my husband when Christmas is in our near future. :) I will say though that these are absolutely worth the investment. Now I’ll have these in our pantry forever and they really are a great way to organize and store your food.
For the flour, sugar, Bisquick labels I bought chalkboard labels and a chalk pen. Love the look of chalk without the mess! I wrote each one a few times and then realized that my handwriting wasn’t magically going to change and they all looked the same so I picked one out and stuck it on!
Frist I had the Bisquick placed on the left so I could see the all of the fun labels, but I quickly realized that wasn’t the most practical way to organize everything.
In fact, that’s why you don’t see labels on everything else. I didn’t want to label the other containers because the contents are always changing. One day one is filled with fishy crackers, the next day pasta, and when the pasta is gone it’s full of cookies. I didn’t want to be tied down and have to put the same thing in each time. Plus every few days when switching out the contents of the containers I like to rinse them off in the sink so they stay clean and I didn’t want to have to keep taking off labels and putting them back on. Function is key!
These clear baskets I also found at The Container Store (similar here). They hold odds and ends like fruit snacks, packaged goods, and the middle one is for snacks I put in Ziploc bags so they are ready to go when we are heading out the door somewhere. When I unload my groceries I fill my containers and if there is anything left over I put the contents in Ziploc bags. I’m always glad I did when I am rushed making lunches or need to be somewhere quick and I know I’ll need a snack for Kole.
I found these baskets at Target (similar here) and they are a great solution for things I didn’t want to dump into clear containers. Chips are on the left and random boxed items are on the right. To the right of the boxes there is just enough room for a loaf of bread or two. A place for everything and everything in its place.
Bottom is free for anything else that doesn’t fit! For now it’s just our Costco popcorn. I blog better when I’m munching on popcorn.