Admittedly, I am not the most organized person at home. I struggle with it daily. My mother could tell you tales of the horror that was my
junk pile bedroom. I don't enjoy living in visual chaos, but that's my natural state of being. I do however enjoy spending a lazy Sunday purging junk, reorganizing and labeling spaces. It's so satisfying when I'm done and I enjoy the high for a week or two until it slowly becomes chaos yet again. Oh bother...
I decided to finally tackle the kitchen pantry mess. I've been putting it off for a while because I figured if it doesn't look like this when I'm done, why bother! I mean seriously, is that not the most gorgeous small pantry makeover you've ever seen? Like OCD porn.
Anyway...there is no "before" but I'm sure you can imagine. Nothing but plastic bags with half-full packaging scattered about. This is the much improved "after". I'm mean, it's no dream pantry, but it's way more efficient for daily use.
I visited a neighboring Target and scored these black & white canisters for $2 each (on sale). I love the modern aesthetic as well as the functionality. They are well-sealed for freshness, easy to stack and the level window shows when it's time to resupply.
I love pretty party supplies and I keep a large stock on-hand. These bins from Home Goods were perfect for storing them. Not only do they match the new canisters but they are made of oilcloth, which works as a chalkboard. Extra bonus: They were the cheapest option I came across - $2 each in clearance.
Plastic cutlery is ready for use in this numbered tin.
I save coffee tins for all sorts of re-purposing. These worked great for holding small, loose items.
Some basic tips for organizing your pantry:
1. Group items by shape. Originally I had them by function- baking stuff, dried goods. If you notice, all my boxed and odd shaped items are on one shelf while all others are more uniform.
2. Store bulk items elsewhere. Our pantry actually goes deep into the wall but isn't accessible for daily use. By storing things in smaller canisters and pushing "refills" to the back, I was able to keep the visual space clutter free.
3. Relocate items that don't belong in the pantry. I had all sorts of random dishes, even candlesticks in there. Things that could easily be stored elsewhere.
4. Use a small bin for miscellaneous items like spice/dip packets and individual bags of tea.