Before And After Pictures After The Pantry Organizing Challenge
Amber shared her before and after pictures on Flickr and Pinterest (on her 52 Weeks to Better Organizing Board), and then told me about it on the site's Facebook wall. Talk about sharing in all kinds of social media :)
In bottom rolling cabinets always had can goods but now organized 1 drawer beans (all kinds)...1 for soups...1 is baking goods (sprinkles/ cupcake liners/ chocoloate/ powders....1 is for drink powders (cocoa / cider )...1 is snacks like oatmeal/ gold fish/ etc :)
In addition, she stated, "Oh and cereals in bins from IKEA as is sugar flour and WW flour :)"
Amber, I like the idea of the little pull out drawers you have in your pantry, and I think this could be great for anyone that has enough room for it underneath their shelves.
In addition, I love how you've used the cereal bins to hold some of your dried goods, like flour and sugar. I've actually done something similar in my own pantry, since I've found these containers to be a good size to hold the bags. Those who are looking for new containers may want to consider the cool "bag in" containers, where you can place the whole bag in, and then pour out some of the contents (see examples below).
Here are a couple of similar pantry storage solutions you can use in your own pantry if you like what Amber has done:
Thanks Amber for joining the challenges and sharing your pictures. They're wonderful, and you've done a great job.
She shared quite a few really good before and after pictures of pantry, and I could only choose 4 for the hall of fame, so I encourage you to look at her blog post for even more great pictures.
I was especially impressed with how she made the most out of the pantry space she had. As she describes her pantry, it is a walk-in pantry, but quite narrow. Nonetheless with some cool pantry storage solutions she really expanded the amount of storage space she had in it, especially with the wall mounted can racks she installed.
I could not find anything exactly like it on Amazon, but I did find some really cool can storage and rotation systems that would work well in a pantry, which you can see below.
In addition, she used many other really simple but very useful pantry storage solutions for her pantry organizing project.
She mentioned that she used command hooks to add hooks to the wall for holding her broom, swiffer, bags of chips, and even her homemade grocery bag holder. In addition, she used plastic food canisters for her dry goods storage and some clear small storage tubs to organize categories of food stuffs on her shelf.
You did a wonderful job Jan, and I really appreciate you sharing your pictures on the blog and taking up this challenge!
Organizing My Pantry, Spices And Food Including Making An Inventory
by Bec @ 2012 - the year of challenges
(Adelaide, SA, Australia)
Pantry inventory in sheet protector, with dry erase marker
Top 2 shelves - after
Shelves 3 and 4 - after
Bottom shelf - after
Bec from 2012 - The Year of Challenges has blogged about her progress during week # 3 of the 52 Weeks to an Organized Home Challenge, and shared lots of before and after pictures on her blog.
In fact, she shared so many photos I couldn't share them all with you here, in the hall of fame, so make sure you check out her blog post for all of them.
First, I love that she created a pantry inventory for herself, and posted it on the door of the pantry cabinet, so she could reference it. She didn't use the printable pantry list from this site, but it was easy for her to create her own, and one that is so individualized can be very helpful!
I also love that she put it in a plastic page protector sheet, so she can write on it with the dry erase marker and easily change it as stuff comes in and out of the pantry with shopping trips and daily meals. That makes it so easy to keep track of.
Finally, look at her can storage in the second picture of the top 2 shelves. These shelf expanders can be very helpful to show all the cans you've got, letting the ones in the back get up a little higher so you can easily see all of them (such as the example on the right).
Please note they have similar shelf organizers for spices -- if you want one for cans just make sure you're buying one that is deeper to fit the fatter cans instead of just the thinner spice bottles.
Pantry Organizing Plus Craft Project Rolled Into One
by Andi @ Crazy Daze Designs
Andi at Crazy Daze Designs blogged about Week # 3's Challenge, all about pantry organizing, and how she did it.
Andi loves to craft, so along with her organizing project she turned it into a craft project as well.
She used her Silhouette Cameo (see the picture to the right) to make labels for several of her food containers. If you're not familiar with this product, it is kind of like a printer, but instead of printing onto paper it uses an electronic cutting tool to cut out things from various types of paper, vinyl, etc. Therefore, one of the things you can do with it make cute little labels.
I think she did a great job! In addition, she went to the dollar store to buy some little storage containers to help containerize the pantry. I think that is a great idea, and a great way to get some cheap pantry storage solutions.
Thanks for blogging about the challenge this week Andi! You did a wonderful job.
The after was only possible because my husband agreed to do the hard work of ripping out the old wooden shelves and replacing it with new adjustable shelving and investing in some more OXO containers to smartly contain it all.
I have a lot of baking items because I have to cook gluten free for my son.
Lisa, tell your husband he did a great job on the shelves, and that you did a wonderful job getting everything organized in your pantry!
I too love OXO food canisters, especially their good grips POP containers (see picture to the right). These are wonderful for many reasons, especially because they are airtight, stackable, easy pouring, have square and rectangular shapes for space efficiency in your pantry, and finally because they are made with BPA-free plastic.
I could see how someone who needs to cook from scratch a lot, like you do, would also find these canisters very helpful in a pantry. We do a lot of from scratch cooking too, and my hope is to eventually get some of these for my own pantry, some day.
Susan at Camp Slinkard showed off her before and after pictures from Challenge #3 her blog.
I've chosen some of the best pictures for the hall of fame, but she has even more, so be sure to check her post to look at all of them.
She said she had recently worked on their pantry, so there wasn't as much to do, so in about 45 minutes she had made some great strides forward in her pantry organization.
I love her use of some very simple but effective pantry storage solutions, which you can see in the third picture, which is a close up of a couple of shelves. These include lazy susans, food canisters, and pretty baskets. (In addition, notice the cute wine rack she has when you look at the big before and after pictures.)
What I love about organizing is that some really simple solutions will make such a dramatic difference, and make things so much easier for you to find what you need.
You did a wonderful job Susan! Thanks so much for blogging about the challenge.
I don't have a pantry but I did organize my food storage cupboards and my spices.
I was got rid of a lot of expired spices and old sauces/oils/food. I also purchased a tiered shelf but it didn't work with the size of my cupboards. I never knew about these, so thank you for sharing their existence. I'll keep them in mind for other storage projects.
I didn't do anything very creative other than cleaning out and organizing. You don't know how happy this makes me feel doing this project. Now I'm excited for the refrigerator/freezer challenge!
Dawn, you did a great job with this challenge.
I know what you mean about the little stair steppers (like the one on the right), they can be very handy in pantries when they fit, but if your shelves are shallow they may not fit well.
I do like that you've considered using it in your bathroom instead, and I think it would also work quite well in there. If you do end up using it there, I'd love to see a photo!
Thanks so much for blogging about the challenge, and I can't wait to see what you do next!
She said, "Hi Taylor! I posted about this week's challenge on my blog and shared before and after photos.
I'm really happy with the way it turned out and even better was that it took less time than I thought it would!
I liked what Caroline said in her blog about how she organized her spices. She said:
I grouped all my spices together by like items. For example, all the Italian type seasonings, Oregano, Basil etc together and then the spicier stuff like Cumin, Paprika, Chili powder and then the sweet and/or baking spices together like Cinnamon, Powdered sugar & All Spice together. This will hopefully keep me from buying duplicate spices and also being able to tell quickly what I need to replace.
I think that is a great way to organize your spices! I know a lot of people also like alphabetical, but sometimes if you use several spices together frequently Caroline's method may actually make it easier to grab all the right ones together, and save yourself some time.
You did a great job Caroline! Thanks so much for joining the challenges and blogging about them. I can't wait to see what you accomplish next.
Are You Inspired To Organize Your Pantry Now?
Have these before and after pictures inspired you to organize your food storage areas and pantry now too?
I sure hope so. If so, I encourage you to take the Organize Pantry Challenge, which provides step by step instructions for how to proceed.
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