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Overhauled Pantry Organization

28 Apr


That almost did me in!

When I decided to reorganize my pantry, I had no idea it would be such a big job.  I thought, “this should take me about an hour”.  WRONG!

I think my food multiplied every time I turned to put something on the island.  For reals.

As you know, in my last post  showing my pantry before I started on this project, I was on a quest to find containers.  When I’m at the store, I always look at storage containers.  It’s like I have an addiction.  I hardly ever buy. I just can’t seem to bring myself to spend $8-15 for a food container and upwards of $25 for household storage containers.   Are you the same way?  Or am I just cheap?  I like to call it thrifty.  🙂

I think I went a little crazy.

I convinced the hubs to go out early this morning to a neighborhood garage sale just up the road.  He’s so sweet.

I found a few containers.

Aren’t they so purty?

But I didn’t think it was quite enough.  So, I batted my eyelashes and mentioned that I thought there was another community sale a couple of miles away.  Okay.  Maybe it was 5.  He’s such a good sport.

And then I hit the mother load.  I couldn’t help it.

 My name is Karin and I’m a container addict.  🙂

You should see how many I have from my classroom.  But that’s another post.

And I’m happy to say that after making a HUGE bag full of trash, it’s done.

It’s gorgeous.  It’s mine.

I thought at first that I would only use the same type of containers but I just couldn’t pass up the Tupperware.  So I made it work.

I think it looks a little vintage.  I like vintage.  I even bought a bunch of vintage buttons and brooches today.  Love them.

I used labels found at BHG and hung tags from the baskets I used at the bottom of the pantry.

They have like a bazillion.  Really.  Why reinvent the wheel?  I love theirs.

Let’s face it.  Some things just don’t fit in a jar.  But I think it still looks good.

What do you think?  Are you ready for a pantry overhaul?


Pantry Love <3

27 Apr

Have you seen all the beautifully organized pantries lately?

The Social Home

They seem to be all over Pinterest and blogland.

The House of Smiths

 I have to admit that I love looking at them ALL.  I could sit in my chair with my iPad and Google images of pantry organization and look at them for longer than I should.

I’m sure my hubby would like to have clean clothes to take on his business trip coming up in a couple of days.  But, I just. can’t. stop. looking at them!

I figured I better make this “research” pay off. So off I go to the store to search for just the right organizing containers to get the job done.

First I looked at my horribly disorganized pantry.  Ugh.  Does yours look like this?

Who can be inspired to cook when looking at this mess?

Then, I tried to semi-organize it with a few bins a couple of weeks ago.


Finally, I made a list of all the things  I need.

  • air-tight containers for cereals
  • air-tight containers for staples like: sugars, flour, pastas, rice
  • bins for snacks, bulk items, canned goods
  • labels  –  round, rectangular, fun

I’m sure I’ll get to the store and see some other goodies I can’t live without for my pantry overhaul.

Muuaaahhhhaaa! 🙂

Come back tomorrow to see the big reveal!  You will be sooo surprised how much it cost me!!  I hope it looks as good as these:

Better Homes and Garden

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