I’m still going clockwise in my kitchen this week. A couple years ago I sorted my pantry and had everything all nice a organized. Life happened and all that hard work went unchecked.
While Joe and I were out running errands the day before yesterday we stopped by Lowe’s Home Improvement Center. There were some pantry baskets I wanted to get. They are $6.95 each. I bought all they had on the shelf.
I had some wire baskets from the last time I organized this mess. I had to dig them out of the clutter first.
My intent was to lay the canned goods on their sides so I could readily see what I had and how many there were. Joe had other ideas. He came in to give me his advice and thoughts of proper use of space in the baskets.
Thank you, love of my life, for your organization skills. Now would you please do me a favor and figure out how to put these baskets together for me?
So while Joe is busy chasing the little tie wraps and trying to make them wind around the wires to attach the baskets together….I’ll get back into the business of organizing the pantry.
Put “Like with Like”. Get all your groupings of food items together and situated in baskets so they fit well.
You will find that there is more than one of anything and everything.
Noodles of all kinds appeared before me.
Some Mexican and Asian foods, and some canned fruit I didn’t know where to put.
Joe says “We need mayonnaise and I’m out of pickles”. Well, not anymore you aren’t.
Peanut butter, jelly, and salad dressings.
Oh, wait. The Ramen Noodles. They’ll fit on this shelf.
I didn’t know we had all this sugar!
I had to get into Joe’s stash of boxes because I ran out of wire baskets. Baking items are in this box.
There were still items left on the counter tops and table that needed to find a home. I used more of Joe’s boxes to contain things and stashed other items in places that would be a likely spot.
Now…where did I put the salad dressing? I can’t find it! A minute or two of searching I found it Organized chaos!
You can find a lot of pantry storage ideas on Pinterest. You can drool over the large walk-in pantries with wrap around shelving. See all the colorful baskets used to store the items. Get some ideas for your pantry storage items.
Sooner or later you will need to get the sugar and salt granules that make their way to the floor then get tracked through the house. Once you get your pantry organized, stand back and take a look at the work you did and feel the satisfaction of getting the job done. Don’t think about the weeks and months to come when the pantry might get back into the shape before all this has been done. Just enjoy the moment.