Monday, February 28, 2011

Kitchen Challenge Step 1: Pantry!

Today, I had some extra time to work on my pantry organization. I lost my voice, and most of my job is to answer the phones at work. I didn't have anything to do (other than make important phone calls which I was unable to do) at my second job, so I was sent home early. I decided to use my extra time to start on that pantry organization (after a nap didn't work out...haha)!

I first emptied out EVERYTHING, cleaned the shelves, and finished putting contact paper on the last 2 shelves (we ran out of paper shortly after we moved in).

In progress pictures:

After two trips to the dollar store (I ran out of containers and went back with a list later to get everything I needed to finish) and $44.93 spent, I was home and ready to tackle my pantry.

For my $44.93 (including tax) spent, I got 2 corner wire organizer shelves, 2 mini wire organizers for small stuff, 1 roll of nonskid drawer liner, 13 plastic baskets of various sizes, 19 single plastic containers with lids of various sizes, 3 two-packs of plastic containers with lids, and 1 four-pack of plastic containers with lids. That's a total of 38 organizing items (or 76 items if you count the lids)!!!!

Here's what I bought the first trip (only half my haul):

After I had everything, I threw out old stuff, pulled out some items to donate or give away, and then started transferring everything into their new plastic bins!

Here are the before & afters!!!!

Tall shelves - top (before)

Tall shelves - top (after!!!)

Tall shelves - bottom (before)

Tall shelves - bottom (after!!!)

Short shelves - left (before)

Short shelves - left (after!!!)

Short shelves - right (before)

Short shelves - overall (after!!!)

In case you're wondering, here's how I organized my shelves.

Tall shelves:
Top shelf - large baskets are baking items and the smaller one is cake mixes
Second shelf - Oils & Vinegars, Syrups & Honey, and other small baking items
Third shelf - baking staples & ingredients
Fourth shelf - breakfast items & cereals
Fifth shelf - canned goods, spice packets, sauces, nuts, & pastas
Sixth shelf - drink mixes (ovaltine, protein powder), box meals, rices

Short shelves - left:
Top shelf - Crackers & Rice Cakes, Crystal Light packets, Snacks & Granola Bars
Second shelf - Smoothie mixes, tea strainer & accessories, Loose leaf tea, Bagged tea
Bottom shelf - popcorn & popcorn maker, coffee items

Short shelves - right:
Top shelf - lightbulbs, lunchbox
Bottom shelf - disposable cups, straws, lunchbox, trash bags, bulk baking soda, bulk vinegar

This is step 1 for my overall kitchen organization challenge this week! I was originally planning on spreading this step across two days, but I was able to accomplish it in one! To see my plan for the rest of the week, click here. To join this challenge at A bowl full of lemons, click here!!!

I'm linking up to:

Organize and Decorate Everything

Anything Related

Transformation Thursday


  1. VERY NICE! I am about to tackle my pantry today for the 5th time in 3 weeks... But your pantry is an inspiration. Thanks for sharing

  2. Very, I love the color of that blue you used

  3. Looks good! I wish my pantry would stay pretty... Love your turquoise baskets.

  4. Look great! Seems as thought you've been hit with a little spring fever cleaning bug! Stopping by from the Weekend Wrap up!

  5. That looks great! I know I need to do mine, but... OK. Fine. I'll do mine.
    Stopping by from TT&J

  6. You did an awesome job on organizing your pantry. Thanks for linking to We're Organized Wednesday.

  7. Looks great. I love organizing. I'm your newest follower. I would love it if you linked your project up to my link party on Monday.
    More The Merrier Monday.

  8. Don't you just love opening the doors and seeing all your stuff organized? I would like to invite you to share your idea by linking to my blog bash K.I.S.S. Happy to be a new follower too :)

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  9. Wow, Jennifer, you worked hard! And it payed off! Your pantry looks awesome! I just love to be organized, though I'm not very good at it...I take that back...I'm excellent at it, my FAMILY is not! ;0)

  10. Oh I can't wait till I get to redo my Pantery, Thanks for the insperation! Found you on Eisy Morgan.


  11. WOW WOW WOW! Go girl! I want to get in my car and head to my local dollar store asap! You have inspired me! You really did an outstanding job!

    Thanks for sharing! I bet you look in your new cabinets often just to smile! I know I would!


  12. looks fantastic! I am still plotting out my pantry remodel/reorg!!! :D Thanks for sharing. I love the use of your baskets!

  13. That's gotta be the most organized pantry I've ever seen! Great job. I love the title of your blog too. That's how I feel everyday, I'm still aspiring to be one of those good wives who actually keeps the house clean :)

  14. Very nice! Great job!! I love the bright blue color of the bins. Very cheerful.

  15. Looks Good! I SOOOOO need to do that! Thanks for the ideas!

  16. awesome Job! thanks for linking up!

  17. I love a clean and organized pantry! Way to go!

  18. Thank you for sharing your great project by linking up to my blog bash K.I.S.S. @ The Tattered Tag. Please remember tomorrow is another fun blog bash, so drop by and link up more of your creativity! :)

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