My sister and I have had the goal to fully organize each room of her house for quite a while. This past week, we made great progress throughout the entire house. The kitchen pantry is an area that easily becomes cluttered, so this was the very first spot we tackled. This is what it looked like before:
To start, we took EVERYTHING out of the pantry and put like things together – baking ingredients together, spices together, dishes together. This step often feels the most annoying, but it’s a crucial step. Putting like things together allows you to more easily see what should be eliminated and how much storage space you really need for things.
Then, one by one, we went through each pile of stuff, deciding what to throw away, what to sell/donate, what to store elsewhere, and what to keep in the pantry. Once we knew what would actually be kept in the pantry, it was easier to figure out the best spot to store each item and where we wanted to use shelves, baskets and so forth.
Here’s what the pantry looked like when we finished:
At first glance, it may not look that different, but every shelf is much less crowded. We threw away about two trash bags full of stuff, and boxed up quite a few things for the spring garage sale. And we now have designated spots for each type of item – a place for everything and everything in its place!
Two areas that were always getting unruly were coffee/tea and our extra glass jars. We put all the coffee and tea we wanted to keep in a bin – without a lid! – now it’s neatly contained. And we put all the glass jars in a bin. Any jars that won’t fit in the bin have to be stored in the garage so the pantry doesn’t become over-run by them again. :)
By getting things organized, we were also able to make room for a new appliance, a water filtering system.
Now, I walk to the pantry and smile because I know right where to find what I need. Being organized really makes life so much more enjoyable!