3.23.2016

Pantry Organization

I think about 2 years into owning a home, I started to realize that EVERYTHING I want to do to our house MAY not be possible – at least not right away or without breaking the bank.  My end goal is still to turn our house into a home that I love spending time in and that reflects our lives.  However, I’ve also come to realize that some of our projects are going to be exactly what we want, and some, we will just have to make the best of our current situation.  And I’m actually okay with that.  It’s just realistic.  A perfect example of this would be our recent pantry organization project.  If I had unlimited time and money, I would probably have liked to tear out all of the wire shelving, put some new paint on the walls {another shade of pale gray, no doubt, that Matt would say looked identical to the original paint}, install new, wood shelves all the way to the ceiling, along with custom shelves in the back for our surplus food storage that we hardly ever use.  Instead, I decided to embrace the existing neutral paint color and white wire shelves for now, and just simply GET ORGANIZED.

Organization diminishes stress, and that’s exactly what I felt for the past 2 years every time I opened my pantry doors – stress {refer to “before” photos below}.  After doing a thorough purge of all food and small appliances that were no longer needed or wanted, I organized everything on the top shelf that I don’t reach for that often, but still wanted to keep.  I used a variety of these air-tight containers from Walmart, to store bulk food, and these baskets to keep food within quick reach.  A few lazy susans keep our cans and jars easily accessible, and these metal bins store things like trash bags, napkins, grilling tools, empty jars, and any overflow we have {extra food that is too much to fit in the canisters or baskets}.  We simply stacked our surplus food storage in the back since the back becomes inaccessible due to the slope of our stairs.  The result is a pantry that is much more organized and less cluttered, and it has really been helping me to use what we have and to know when we are out of things.  I don’t think we really needed a full pantry remodel - just some simple organization in this space made all the difference. 


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