About mid-way through the process of reorganizing the kitchen and the pantry, my husband turned to me and said, “How did we get ourselves into this?”
The truth is that I do try to stay organized because my life just seems to run better. Meal planning is easier, I feel less stressed, and honestly, it makes me happy to open a closet or cabinet and see it look neat and tidy.
However, the impetus for getting started on this project began when I stumbled upon the television show “The Amandas” which follows an OCD professional organizer and her crew of high-heeled wearing cohorts.
After watching an episode where she “fixed” one couple’s home, I looked in my pantry and kitchen cabinets. Bad looking. I should have taken a before picture because although it was all on shelves, it wasn’t neatly placed or in the least bit attractive.
I got inspired to reorganize, but stay on budget, so I headed off to our local Goodwill and bought eight baskets, some glass containers, a wire basket, and various other organizing tools. Total cost? $12.50. Pretty good.
I took everything out of the pantry. I grouped the cereals into a large basket, put my beans in glass jars, rice in an airtight container and put the little boys snacks in a large, clear plastic container. I was pleased with the result.
I then tackled the other side of the pantry. On the floor are the grain bins where I store the wheat I use to make bread. Above that shelf is potatoes, my enormous mixer, and onions. Then I have canned goods and other things I don’t use that often. The shelf in the middle, which I plucked from the side of the road last year, holds our enormous package of plastic wrap, some fruit, and larger appliances. The top basket is for pasta.
I then reconfigured my spices and flour cabinet so I could find things easier, and finally I cleaned out my plate and bowl cabinet. We have Fiesta plates, bowls, and cups and I love, love, love them.
My challenge to you is to not only rid your pantry of unnecessary food items, but also to clean out your pantry or food cabinet and reorganize it so you will find it easier to see what you have, plan your meals, and likely save money in the process.
Does your pantry or kitchen need a facelift? Believe me, you don’t have to spend a fortune, but instead just a little elbow grease and planning time. Up for the challenge? Diane
If you reorganize your pantry, send me a picture or post about it on your blog. I’ll compile the pictures/links if I get enough!