One year ago this week, I was standing in the aisle of a local craft supply store debating the amount of baskets that were in my shopping cart. I had already taken the necessary measurements to help keep me accountable and purchase only what I really needed. As I made my way to the check out line, I silently wondered if it would be worth it. I mean did I really NEED these baskets to help keep my pantry organized?
This is how my pantry started out. It took almost the entire day to go through every package, read all the labels, find the expiration dates and group like items together. You can read the original post here. I was totally embarrassed when I realized I had three different kinds of pancake mix yet told people that I was a healthy eater. I know right? I must have been totally clueless.
But seeing all of the items together, healthy or not, was really helpful in determining how many baskets I needed to buy. I needed a basket for everything from cooking oils to movie snacks. Once the baskets and glass containers were in place it was amazing at how differently we shopped. I no longer bought things I didn’t need because I could see what I already had on hand. It not only helped us save money but it also helped us save time too. Every time I would come home from grocery shopping, it would take a while for me to put up the groceries. I would cram as much on the shelves as I could. It’s totally different now though. Now I’m able to put items directly into the designated basket without wasting time.
We also make meal planning a priority, which not only helps to keep the pantry organized but the entire week organized as well. All of my cookbooks are neatly kept in the cabinets above the built in desk in the kitchen.
To help keep the contents of the baskets organized I use a mix of paper labels and framed chalkboard labels. I’ve gotten two sets of these labels as Christmas gifts and I love them. They’re easy to use and easy to change when needed. The paper labels have held up pretty well too. Although, truth be told I’ll probably need to change those out fairly soon.
If you’re wondering how the other side of the pantry looks, it’s not nearly as pretty but it’s just as organized as the dry goods. It houses the small appliances, plastic containers, trash bags and party supplies.
And finally after months of trying to decide what to put over the window in the pantry…a regular curtain, a café curtain, leave it bare…I decided to make my own cornice of sorts and I made this GROCERY sign.
Buying all of those baskets that day was worth every penny. If you can’t afford to go out and buy a lot of baskets no worries check the thrift stores. It may take little bit to find what you need but it’s an affordable option. I was able to pick up baskets for an upcoming office makeover for around $5 just yesterday. Also, check the dollar stores. We’ve used them under the bathrooms cabinets and in the linen closets as well. All of those spaces, I’m excited to say are still organized to this day!
I hope you guys have a great weekend. I’m looking forward to spending time with family and decorating for spring.
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