Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pantry, Before & After

Here are some photos of our pantry. It's actually a closet near the kitchen, but when we moved in, we decided we needed a pantry more than a place to hang coats. I have organized and reorganized it for almost four years now, but I think we finally have it just right. Here is the "before." It's hard to get a good photo in a dark hallway, with not much space to maneuver. 
We took some of the surplus items and brought them down to the basement, where we have a rack for extra food storage (that's a post for another time).We went through everything and tried to put similar items together. Yet again. I also purchased two items to help organize; one of those can organizers that has "steps" so you can see which cans you have; and a small lazy susan.

See the cute can organizer? It slides open so you can make it wider. The can organizer, and the lazy susan organizer on the shelf below were both purchased at Lowe's. The brand sticker on them said "Real Organized." Each piece was under $12.

Here is the bottom of the closet. Yes, that is an old-fashioned, metal candy machine. It is filled with Gobstoppers. Rob found it at an antique store, and cleaned it out thoroughly and added the candy to it. He wants to find a stand for it, but for now it gets stashed away in the pantry for a "once in a while" treat. I'm not a fan of Gobstoppers, but the boys are. And yes, that basket holds plastic bags. Shame on me, I know, I shouldn't use them. But I've been using them to line small trash cans.
Anyone need to organize their pantry? Whether it is a closet or a shelf in your kitchen, go through it and see what you can organize, so you can find things more easily. You don't need to purchase a lot of fancy containers or organizers; clean out and organize first to see what you need before you go shopping for organizers.

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14 comments:

Danni said...

I love to organize my pantry! It's great to do often so you can see what might be in the back that you forgot you had!! :)

denisemarie said...

If we move I can't wait to try to set it up right the 1st time.

Sarah Finks said...

That looks great! Doesn't it make you happy every time you look at it!

TidyMom said...

I LOVE it!!!.....I wish I had a pantry to organize! Can you believe our house doesn't have a pantry?........so years ago my dad made me a HUGE Pie Safe....I love it, but hard to organize.

Thanks for linking up!

larsinnh said...

Yes, this house (built in the 1990s) came without a pantry, too. So now I don't have a coat closet, but I decided I needed a pantry MORE. I think it was more of the "older" houses that were made with pantries. We had a HUUUGE, walk-in pantry with one of our old houses (built in the 1850s). I loved that one!

Laura@White Spray Paint said...

You did a great job.
I a now inspired to re-organize mine.
Thanks-
Laura
White Spray Paint

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

Wow, it looks so much better!!!

larsinnh said...

Thanks so much! I'm going to have to smack Hand man's hands if he messes it up again, lol!

Gail@Faithfulness Farm said...

GREAT job....I like that you repurposed a coat closet into a pantry!! Very organized. I too use those dreaded little plastic bags to line small waste cans.

Blessings!
Gail

Bette @ Frugal Mom x3 said...

Great job! I swear I organize my pantry monthly it seems. I'm visiting from Tidymom.

marlis said...

Oh wow, great job. It always makes one feel better when you can actually see what you've got!

Tanya said...

I'd give up a coat closet for a pantry any day, too! Luckily, my house has a little pantry, but it was a mess until not long ago. I have before and afters! http://sewmanydreams.blogspot.com/2010/09/pantry-reveal.html

Toni said...

Thanks for linking up today!!!

Toni
;)

Millicent said...

Great job on the pantry reorganization! I couldn't help but notice your Longaberger baskets (at least I think they are). I think I saw one on another post yesterday while browsing your blog. I have several and love them.

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