So you know how you move in to a new house and the object of unpacking the kitchen is to just get everything shoved into a cabinet or drawer with no real rhyme or reason?
Then again, maybe that’s just me.
I’ve been putting off tackling the pantry until last week when I was inspired by one of my favorite blogs, Perfectly Imperfect. Check out Shaunna’s pantry makeover!
And speaking of awesomeness pantry makeovers, check this one out from Shelley at House of Smiths! She went all out!
The motivation for my pantry organization project was not just to make it look pretty, but to create more functional storage spaces for meal prep and teenage grazing.
Now you know cooking is so not my bag. But one of the things I dislike about it is the digging through the cabinets looking for that one ingredient that I know I bought but can’t find. Talk about frustrating.
Here’s my pantry before. Not the worst thing in the world, but not efficient for our busy family.
Time to organize. I emptied the pantry.
Then painted the inside of the pantry and the shelves with some leftover Apple Spice paint.
Shopped my storage room for glass containers and baskets. I did have to buy just a few cracker jars.
I filled them with dry ingredients and labeled them using a little shortcut.
I bought this package of chalkboard wall decals for around $10 at Target.
And used this punch. Voila! Easy chalkboard labels that can be easily erased and re-labeled.
I also used some IKEA baskets that I had on hand and hot-glued the chalkboard labels to the front.
And here is my new super-organized pantry!
It houses dry ingredients, grab and go snacks for my kids, lunch box fillers and quick breakfast items.
Next, I moved all the dinner prep stuff to the cabinet next to the fridge. I used separate baskets to group pasta, rice and potatoes. Basically everything for dinner preparation except refrigerated items is now in this cabinet.
This was such an easy project. It has already made my life so much easier! My kids love it too.
There is a downside to this project though. Now they will expect me to cook. 😉