Sunday, July 1, 2012

Organized Pantry



For some reason I didn't take any before pictures of the pantry. Probably because I was too excited to start taking it apart. Let me set the scene for you. We moved in a year ago in June and inherited a very nice sized pantry--one of the selling points for me actually. And although it was a great size and there was nothing terribly wrong with it, it was a dingy white that needed a refresher coat of paint and just kind of became a catch all for all of our food and kitchen products. There was no real organization to it and it just wasn't pretty.  So let the purge begin.
 First step of organizing any space is to take everything out and get rid of anything you don't use. There was quite a bit hiding in the pantry that I wasn't even aware of. So out they went.
 The pantry got swept and scrubbed and a fresh coat of "You are my Sunshine" paint by Benjamin Moore. (The name is probably what sold me. Who doesn't want to open a door of sunshine every morning?)
 I almost hated going any further. 
 I ran across some wrapping paper on clearance at Michaels and knew that would be my inspiration and color scheme. My kitchen is already red and white so the colors went well and the cupcakes...just too cute.

 I was originally going to alternate the two papers but realized it was a little too busy for my liking. So I decided to use the red and white paper on the shelves and alternate with the yellow shelves.
 I went round and round about how to adhere the paper to the wall and finally just decided to mod podge it on. I wanted it to stay put and the mod podge kind of put a sealer on it that let me wipe it down if needed.



 Here is the final pantry once it was all put back and containerized.


 I found this scrapbook paper that looked like little chalkboards. I snatched up a bunch and used them to label different areas of the pantry. I also had a few old plates and plate hangers and decided to add a few at the top. Why not?

 I bought a bunch of containers from Ikea to hold all of my staples.
 This idea I found from Pinterest. I have a bin for Monday through Thursday. So when I plan out my meals for the week, I place the dry ingredients for that night's dinner. It makes it so easy to grab a bin and take it to the counter when I prepare my meals. I only included Monday through Thursday because those seem to be the main days I cook. Friday is usually pizza and the weekend we are either out or eat leftovers.
 This pic is a little dark but it is my cleaning section. It holds my brooms and mops as well as plastic bags and a bin for recycling.
 I have baskets on the bottom shelf for my kiddos. I try and package individual snacks when I get home from the grocery store so that they can get what they need when they are hungry for a snack.
 The corners of my pantry may just be my favorite part. I found these Lazy Susans at, again, Ikea. The base was quite a bit smaller than the actual carousel which made them fit perfectly on my shelves. Perfect for canned goods and such a space saver.
 I divided each into fruits, veggies, dressings and sauces, and beans and soups. 
 On one door is my grocery list and a menu for me to reference.
 The other door is for coupons that need to be cut and restaurant menus.
 One big complaint that I had was the my pantry had no light. Because we didn't want to take on wiring a light inside, we found a battery powered one at Home Depot and hung it by screws to the left of the door. It actually does put out a fair amount of light.
 Here's a few more shots.



I found this sign at World Market and couldn't resist. It was the perfect sign for the outside of the pantry. Kind of love the message too. :)
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  2. Your panty is super organized and its soooo cute!

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  3. This may be my favorite pantry redo that I've seen! Maybe it's the cupcakes. :)
    But it is totally cute and well organized!
    I love it!
    Kelly

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    1. Thanks Kelly! I loved the cupcakes too. :)

      Susan

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  4. I have to say I'm a little jealous of your pantry - it's so big!! Love this redo! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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  5. Loving this pantry post! You have great ideas. I'm pinning you to my organization board. Can't wait to see what else you have!

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    1. Thanks Samantha! I know I'm very fortunate to have a large pantry but honestly it really didn't matter until I finally organized it all. Now I smile every time I open it. Hope you keep coming back! Lots more projects in store!
      Susan

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  6. Awesome pantry! I love how big it is too. I'm so jealous! Mine is teeny tiny! I love all the containers and labels. The lazy susans are my favorite.

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    1. Thank you Leanne! I know I am fortunate to have a large pantry--that was one of the selling points for me. :) It wasn't long ago that I had to completely improvise because we had NO pantry. :)

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  7. I'm always looking for tall containers to hold spaghetti, linguine, lasagna noodles, etc.--why did I never think to look at Ikea? (I've been turned off by the prices on most of the ones I've found, but Ikea's are probably more affordable.)

    I always wanted the interior of my condo painted a light shade of yellow. Finally got my wish--when I married and moved out and turned it into a rental. :(

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    1. Ikea is a good place to look for containers. They have a bunch of different types that are great for a pantry. As for the yellow--I know what you mean. There is something so cheerful about it. I couldn't sell my husband on an entire room so I settled for the pantry. A little bit of sunshine every time I open it. :) Good luck with everything!

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  8. Love your pantry! such awesome ideas!!
    ( found you on Pinterest..now Im a follower ) =)

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  9. Found your post via the Organizing contest party, I love what you did, your organizing ideas are so great, my favorite is the dinner bins. I might have to get a lazy susan or two also! The pantry is #1 on my 2013 to do list! Thanks for all the ideas,
    Jenna

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    1. Thank you Jenna! The dinner bins have been very helpful on those busy evenings. One less thing to think about! Have a great week!
      Susan

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  10. Do you have a link for that light? I can't seem to find it and I can think of so many uses for where we need one

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    1. You know I couldn't find it on Home Depot's website but here is something similar on Amazon. It even has a shut off timer to save battery power. http://www.amazon.com/Garrity-L-E-D-Touch-Lite-White/dp/B000FLESYI/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1365008936&sr=8-11&keywords=battery+powered+wall+light

      Hope that helps!

      Susan

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  11. I love this! Everything is on my kitchen table right now. I wondered where you got the bins for each nights dinner? I need those ASAP! Thanks Kate

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    1. Thanks Kate! I got those bins at the Target $ spot a couple of years ago so I'm not sure they have them right now. :( BUT I want to say that I have seen similar ones at walmart in the organizer/bin aisle. If not, I know that the Container Store has a similar version and has two different sizes. Hope that helps!

      Susan

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