Saturday, January 28, 2017

Pantry Organization & Storage- before & after

This project was long over due.
Over the past few years life got so busy
 that we found ourselves just throwing things in the pantry.
It's been on my "to do" list for awhile.
On our last three day weekend, we tackled it!

This before picture is a little embarrassing.
This is one side out of two shelf areas. 
We have a large family, so I tend to stock up.
But the lack of organization, created a pantry "black hole".

 We started by emptying it out. 
Tossing the expired items, 
putting aside some that we knew we had too much of to donate 
and grouping  similar things.
Looks better already!
The paint was chipping on the shelf edges.
A new coat of white paint makes such a difference!
I put new shelf liner paper down too.

Now to organize!
I kept some plastic storage bins for baking items.
A plastic tray holds the syrup and honey for easy clean up.

And found these awesome wire baskets that were perfect for cans.

We needed to use the space under the last shelf on the floor,
which is deep and things tend to get lost in the back.

Problem solved when I put together these crates with wheels.
They can be easily be moved in and out and hold a ton.
I just love them!

I have a collection of aprons hanging on the wall inside.
Had to give away some
and made this fun knob hook for the others. 

On the wall to the left as you walk in
I added these farmhouse looking wire bins for vegetables.

These bins are another one of my favorite parts of the pantry now.

The last up date was to the door.
Our house was built in 1990 and is full of brassy accessories.
I know brass is making a come back, but it's not my style.

I changed out the handle
and couldn't believe how easy it was to do.

Much better!
On the inside of the door we have our weekly menu.

If I'm really on top of things,
I'll list 5-6 meal ideas for the week and make sure I have the ingredients on hand.
Then I can just look there each day to decide which meal will fit into the day's activities.

Hope this inspires you to do a little pantry re-do organization.
I'm so loving this new pantry!


  1. Love the after! Those wooden crates were a great idea. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

    1. I'm so excited for those crates and they are working out so well in the pantry! Thanks for stopping by Amanda!

  2. Great organization ideas! I need to get busy in my own pantry. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Good luck on your pantry! It feels so good to have it cleaned out!

  3. I have two pantry cabinets but they are so lacking, you are so lucky to have a whole pantry closet! Thanks for linking up to #homemattersparty

    1. We really are lucky to just have this pantry space and now with it organized, it's a gem! Thanks for stopping by Emily!

  4. I think this basket for the cans is really clever. I am always trying to drag the cans out. And there is such a waste of space on top. Also the storage crates on the bottom is another great idea.

    1. These crates and baskets are put to good use for sure! I love how it brings a little style to the pantry too!

  5. Loved the end result. Thank you for sharing this with us @FuntasticFriday!

    1. Thank you so much Joyce! I really love this little pantry now!

  6. Baskets and bins are fantastic ideas for getting your pantry storage space properly organized. In my opinion, if you keep the shelving modular, you can save even more space by catering for the exact height of the jars and bottles and boxes that you keep in there too!

    1. The storage bins and crates are perfect for storing different sized objects! Thanks for stopping by Nathan!

  7. Wow, this looks amazing, ladies! I'm a nut for organization, so you're definitely speaking my language! xo, Kristi


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