New Thing #193: Re-Organizing The Pantry

Pantry_BeforeI wish I had taken a "Before" picture so you could see just how impressive this effort really is. But I only thought to take a picture once I had cleared out the pantry.

Suffice it to say - those shelves were filled with 8 years worth of clutter.

And then we'd add groceries every week.

I've been slowly and steadily doing a re-organization of all of our kitchen cabinet space, and this was a big one.

I'm proud of the work I did...and you'd better believe I remembered to take an "After" picture.


To be honest, I'm still working on the finishing touches of the pantry.

There's more room for me to move around some stuff from some other cabinets - especially on the floor there. (For example, after the "After" picture I moved the breadmaker to the bottom right part of the floor.)

But this is a world of difference from what we were dealing with before.

I'm particularly proud of the baskets and organizers we bought from the Container Store. (I'm hopeful that if you click the picture it'll enlarge and you can better see the details.)

Let's start with the baskets - on the right side of the third shelf from the top you'll see a two-tiered basket. That will now house the loose snacks that the girls pack for lunch rather than the big box of the snacks that takes up way too much space. I forget what my original vision was for that bottom shelf, but my wife and I decided to put the girls' applesauce snack down there. Again, this eliminates a box that takes up too much space.

Under the next two shelves you'll see hanging organizers - those are for kitchen towels and placemats, respectively. I never thought these things would work, but they are awesome. They hang off the shelves perfectly, they don't take up too much space, and we had no good spot for our placemats. It's so organized now! By far the best part of this whole re-organization. (We also bought a basket that hangs under the shelf - that's in a different cabinet and now houses my wife's Keurig cups.)

After we organized the pantry we were able to create some room in other cabinets and then discovered a whole bunch of baby bottles that we no longer need and could throw away.

We're doing a lot of re-organizing and I'm not going to bore you with every little thing. But the pantry is a big key to the rest of our kitchen re-organization.

And it was so successful that I had to share it with you.