With the beginning of a new school year upon us, it almost feels like New Year's all over again for me. I feel compelled to get organized and have things in order. Granted, by looking at my house right now, I'm far from being that self-actualized, but one area of my home is ready to kick off the new school year in style.
The Pantry. A space that gets more visits than most rooms in our home. How many times do your kids venture in and out, looking for something to eat? More times than I can count (especially in the summer months).
But, now that school lunches and after school snacks are upon us, this is one area that is the epitome of chaos, and needed an intervention.
Let's start with a quick side by side, before and after shot:
Now, let's break it down a bit. I have to give a shout out to Toni at A Bowl Full of Lemons (thus my lemon tribute in the photos), for being an Organizational Yoda to those of us who are somewhat organizationally challenged. Her site is chock full of tips and tricks, as well as plethora of drool-worthy organizational photos to inspire you into action.
First, I pulled all of my stuff out of the pantry (and was astounded at how much crap was in there!). Then, I bucketed items into common groups and loaded up on bins, baskets and containers to put them in, so that they're easy to find and most importantly, stay organized.
The baskets are from TJ Maxx - perfect for holding microwave popcorn. The XOX containers are from Marshalls - perfect for snacks, crackers, nuts - you name it.
I used magazine holders to store my cookbooks and cooking magazines, so that they are more visually appealing vs. willy nilly all over the place.
I moved the canned goods to the right, and it seems to make more sense and hopefully will keep can clutter to a minimum the next time I go to the grocery.
I found some cute containers at TJ Maxx with chalkboard labels already on them. I'm planning on getting more labels for my bins and baskets, so that there is no question where things are and where they belong!
The real trick is going to be keeping my kids out of the snacks that are intended for lunches. I'm already seeing the supply decline more quickly than it should. But locking up snacks in my pretty pantry would just ruin the whole look!
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