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Pantry Organization

Here is my pantry (for my family of five):

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Small…crowded…and to the point where I can no longer find what I need when I need it!  When small spaces are not functional I find myself going a little crazy, but luckily today is a day off of school…It’s raining…girls are playing…baby is napping…so, I’m up for the challenge!

Here are a few pointers when reorganizing a kitchen closet:

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Tip # One:

Take out everything that you don’t use often and relocate it, so you can have room for the things you do use!  I cleared out the entire top shelf of the glass pictures and containers (I’ll put them in the basement, and get them out as I need them).  Already I have more space to utilize.

Continue taking everything out of the closet, so you can see the space you have to work with.  Every organizational design show on HGTV will tell you this, (and if you don’t believe me watch Hoarders and see them completely empty the spaces they are dealing with).  My brother still teases me that I have been doing this since I was five, when we used to share a room…I took the stuff out, organize/sort, and put only the stuff you use on a regular basis back in!  It works I promise.

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I loaded up my table so i could sort the pantry items…please don’t judge my Ramen Noodles (pretty sure I have passed this college habit down to my kids!) 🙂

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Out of all of this food there were only two empty boxes and an old box of raisins to get rid of, for some reason I was thinking I would find more!

Tip # Three:

Now, go shelf by shelf trying to group items that you use together like breakfast foods, snacks, pastas and rice, crackers, etc…

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Keep in mind that this is not all pretty, but it is completely functional!  If you want a more aesthetic look, you could go and get cute baskets to organize the food in, but for us this system works well.  Here is the finished look:

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The wire rack on the floor is a folder organizer.  I picked up for $1 at a thrift store.  It holds my pizza stone, baking sheets, and cutting boards perfectly and it was totally worth buying.  Hope these tips help next time you organize your pantry…Now, maybe I can go find something in there to cook for dinner!!

Happy Organizing,
Jolene


6 Responses to Pantry Organization

  1. Heidi November 18, 2015 at 9:17 pm #

    You always have such timely tips! This morning I balanced 2 bags of chips/pretzels on top of the cereal boxes- totally need to hit the pantry reset! 😬

  2. Janet November 18, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

    I love the wire rack idea for organizing cookie sheets and other baking stuff!

  3. Lois November 19, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

    Ok you have officially motivated me to organize my life!!!!!

  4. Jolene November 20, 2015 at 1:22 am #

    Heidi, you just made me laugh! You go girl! 😜

  5. Jolene November 20, 2015 at 1:23 am #

    Thanks Janet! I always see them at goodwill!

  6. Jolene November 20, 2015 at 1:24 am #

    Lois, your pantry is nice and big! Tons of potential! 😉

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