So, I grabbed my camera to document the before and after, and then I got busy!
I filled 3 trash bags with out of date food. Three bags! I have periodically wiped the shelves and rearranged items, but this is the first time that I took everything out, vacuumed the entire thing top to bottom, and purged!
Here are a few before pictures.
an almost floor to ceiling shot--my pantry is built in a corner of my kitchen
a shelf full of packages and packets of all sorts of things
another picture of the floor
the baking shelf
After a couple of hours of work, this is what my pantry looks like now--so clean, so organized! I enjoy just opening the door and looking inside!
In this picture: top shelf--baking goods; middle shelf--snacks, oatmeal, and canned goods; bottom shelf, appliances, cereals and other boxed goods, and the pared down box of packages and packets
another view of those shelves
the other side of the baking shelf. I re-alphbetized my spices. I don't know why people can't put them back in ABC order after they use them!
I tried to get a picture of the whole pantry, floor to ceiling.
Doesn't the floor look so much better?
another almost top-to-bottom view
After cleaning out the pantry, I did my weekly grocery shopping. I supervised closely as the children helped me put away the groceries. I wanted to make sure everything went in its proper place!
I hope it stays clean!