Organizing A Pantry Challenge: Before And After Pictures For Hall Of Fame
by Taylor @ Home-Storage-Solutions-101.com
Many of you have now completed the organizing a pantry challenge, which is part of week #3 of the Organized Home Challenge.
I want to thank each of you who has sent in pictures of your wonderful pantry organization projects. Everyone has done some fabulous work, and each of you is deserving to be in this hall of fame.
If you get inspired by the pictures you see (scroll down to see more) I encourage you to take the pantry challenge and then come back here and post your own before and after pictures for the hall of fame.
Louisa shared her accomplishments on the Facebook wall, and I thought she did so great I wanted to show even more of her pictures. Since she did Challenges 2 and 3 together, I have given her a place in the hall of fame for both weeks.
She organized her pantry and spices and they look awesome. I also love how she labeled her pictures so we know where everything is. I can tell she put a lot of thought into the process of where things should be located, but it will make it easier from now on as she and her family work in the kitchen to have things where they make sense and are convenient.
She said about the first picture: "Baking Zone - baking supplies right at the knee and elbow, cookbooks just above. Food storage supplies (foodsaver/foil/plastic wrap) right next to the fridge!"
She said about her spices: "Drawer full of easy to find spices! Got this idea from Pinterest."
Then went and glanced at a few things in the actual "pantry" and ended up throwing away baking powder that was too old. In the can cupboard, most of the things with "use by" dates were still good, but a can of mixed beans had to be thrown out as well.
Ellen, I can sympathize. It is amazing how time flies from the way I've let stuff accumulate and expire, unused, in my pantry.
Glad to hear the challenge helped you get yourself organized!
She took before and after pictures, comparing her before and after shelf by shelf. I chose some of the most dramatic transformations to share here in the hall of fame, but you can see all of her photos at her blog post.
Jessica said that " I am on a purging binge right now so I should probably take advantage of that because I am such a just in case kind of person." I totally understand that mentality, and I bet there are many others of us reading that feel just the same way!
In regard to her spices, she said: "Seriously, I think that I had some spices that were well over 10 maybe 15 years old. Yes, really. They are gone now. There are some that still may be a little too old but we will roll with it."
Finally, she said: "My pantry is also where I keep my family calendar, some Scripture to encourage, and I think this is also where I will figure out a way to display my pantry inventory."
In addition, Jessica also wrote in to share some additional information about the pictures. She says:
I basically used what I had on hand with a few additions. I had been wanting to organize at least part of my pantry with some Tupperware containers. They just made everything look so very lovely. As you can see things were just tossed about. Also, because I stock up when things are on a great sale with coupons I was on overload and things needed a place. So, I pulled everything out, matched, and categorized items. I also wiped down the shelves and vacuumed the floor area.
My spice shelf needed the most help. I needed to let go of some spices. Seriously, some were 10 to 15 years old. Good bye, lemon pepper that has been living rent free in my cupboard and hitching rides to each new abode for the last at least eight years! Goodness. I had a stair stacker and just went with what I had and tossed what I hadn't or wouldn't be using in the next year. If I need more spice I will probably go the bulk route as it is usually much more cost effective.
I put everything back and viola! A lovely pantry that doesn't seem so oppressive when you open it. Nor will anything randomly fall down on your head anymore. Win!
You don't have to have a lot of organizing gadget to get the job done. Some help but start with what you have and move up from there. Like I will be moving to a different kind of container for all of my spices -- over time.
Be encouraged... I was able to whip this together while my 1 month old and 16 month old napped and my three year old "helped" by building towers with all canned goods.
Thanks so much Jessica for blogging about the challenge, and sharing such awesome pictures. You really made some great progress in your pantry, and should be very proud of all you've accomplished.
If you do end up using the inventory sheet, I'd love to hear that goes for you too!
Meg shared the before and after pictures from her pantry, and I have to say the transformation is amazing.
I took our two pantries and completely redid their crazy disorder!
I bought new baskets, canisters, and then labeled each with scrapbook paper and ribbon. I love how it turned out!
In the spring when I conquer the garage I plan on putting some of those bigger appliance items out on a shelf.
Now, can I just LIVE in these organized places??? I will get there, one week at a time. Thank you so much for your help!
Wow Meg, I love how you organized both of your pantries.
I especially like how you labeled the boxes with the scrapbook paper and ribbon. I think that is a great idea because if you ever decide to change the contents of the basket all you have to do is change the tag.
It is so much neater in there with all the containers and canisters.
In addition, I love how you made hooks for everyone's lunch boxes. How convenient and cute at the same time. Great job.
Below are examples of similar pantry storage solutions, if Meg has inspired you to do something similar in your own pantry.
Utilizing Baskets And Canisters For Organizing A Pantry
After - close up of 3 favorite shelves
Denise shared these pictures of the before and after pictures of her pantry on the site's Facebook wall.
This is what she said about the third picture: "Another After picture of my pantry...focusing on my 3 favorite shelves. I still plan to get some more baskets and more canisters and then label everything, but I love it already."
I love it too Denise! The baskets and canisters really do make it much for functional and less cluttered, and it looks like you can really find what you need now.
There are so many choices of canisters you can choose from. Here are a couple below that are functional, and beautiful.
Are You Inspired To Take Part In The Organizing A Pantry Challenge?
If the before and after pictures you've seen above have inspired you to work on your pantry, food storage areas, and/or spices I'd love for you to participate in the challenge.
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