This time I tackled the pantry. A while ago I painted the fronts of the pull out shelves with chalkboard paint so that I could label them easily. That was an improvement for our tiny, little pantry; but in the last few months, I've realized that labeling wasn't the only thing this pantry needed. I felt like I didn't have enough storage space, and it always looked cluttered.
|Do not judge us by our sugary cereals ;) I only let my kids eat cereal for breakfast on the weekend! |
I had already wiped the chalk off when I took this pic.
I started by pulling everything out and wiping down the shelves ( this took the longest - 10 minutes or so).
Then I searched for containers that I already had to use for storage. I emptied the not-so-fresh-anymore red vines, cleaned out the container, and put all of my fun baking stuff inside. It's a sturdy little plastic container. I think it will last for a while.
I used another storage container that I already had for all the other baking related items.
This way I can easily pull them out when needed.
This is what the pantry looks like after my 30 minute re-org.
I moved the cans to the top, reduced the amount of space the baking supplies were occupying, and brought in another basket for snack food items. By utilizing a couple of baskets and some storage containers I already had, I was able to create a little more space in my teeny, tiny pantry. Now I even have a place to keep my step stool which is pretty awesome to this 5'3" girl!
The top cabinet looks like this now.
|I actually have extra space for paper towels now!|
I realize that this is not a major blow-your-mind kind of project; but it does show that with a small amount of time utilizing things you already have, you can organize an area of your home. It doesn't have to take a lot of time or money. It has also shown me that it's not about the amount of space you have; it's about the way you use that space that counts!
Have you been organizing anything lately? If so, leave a link to your project in the comments section so we can all get a little organization motivation!