Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cleaning Out the Pantry...Again

Ok, so y'all know how much I like to clean out and organize!  It seriously is a hobby.  I clean out closets, pantries, entire rooms, and then my lovely family of seven actually lives in this house, and before you know it, I have another clean out and organize project to do again!  I love it!

Today's fun was inspired by these four buckets of grain....

 corn, hard white wheat, soft white wheat, and oatmeal

Up until a few days ago, I had only one grain bucket--hard white wheat.  But I recently bought 25 pounds of oatmeal from a co op order, and I also bought the additional wheat and corn from a friend. I also bought some pretty new gamma lids, and the grain I bought from my friend also had gamma lids on the buckets too. Sooooooo, I had to find a place in my pantry to store these new buckets.

That's what I did today.  I thought it would only take an hour or so, but of course it ended up taking much longer.  Like almost three hours!

Here are some Before pictures:

 No room on the floor for any buckets.

 Stuff crammed in....

 That sign hanging on the shelf reads, "Please keep the pantry clean."  It really wasn't too, bad, but I had to make room for those buckets!

Now here are some After pictures:

 I moved the canned goods up one shelf higher, and I made labels for all of my containers.  I have an assortment of containers, some of which I have had for 18 years or so.  They don't all match, but I can't justify buying all new containers just so they will look cute.  I think the labels bring uniformity to the containers.
That large off-white basket on the left hand side on the floor is holding our chips, pretzels, etc.  All of those things that come in bags.  

A nice home for the buckets

Canned goods, spices, and labeled containers!

I wonder how long it will look this nice?  Today, the children and Jimmy too, all oohed and aahed when they saw the pantry's new look.
I like looking at it too!


  1. It looks awesome! I think we have exactly the same size pantry, but mine is bursting at the seams! And I only keep food in mine, I don't have any spare room for small appliances. I also have 2 super size shelving units in the basement filled with canned goods, pasta, cereal, etc. I think you may have inspired me to redo my pantry too.

  2. seriously love the basket on the floor for chips and pretzels. I am totally copying this!!! great idea!