I am a little embarrassed about what I am going to show you, but you can’t appreciate the after if you don’t see the before. For months I let my pantry go because of a lot of reasons, medical problems and the loss of a sister, kids school and sports, and many other things. I kept putting it off because it seemed like such a daunting task and I just knew that it would take me ages to organize my pantry and make it look good again. I decided it was time to make some Kitchen Pantry Organization happen. Here are the before and after pictures . . . No judging….
After school one night not so long ago, I was in the pantry trying to find something I needed for dinner and couldn’t hardly move it was so cluttered, so in a fit of temper I grabbed garbage bag and just started throwing things (that needed to be thrown) in the garbage. It felt good to get rid of it all, so I continued on this path for about the next 5 hours – and at the end of that time – I couldn’t keep the smile off my face for how great my pantry looked – and empty! I could actually see the floor again and walk inside with out stepping on something. As I took inventory of what was left inside my pantry, I knew I wanted to really organize it and get it looking nice. One place came to mind for me to go and get the items I wanted – IKEA.
The next morning, I packed my hubby and youngest kids into the car and we headed out for our IKEA store. I had looked online previous to going to I had a few ideas of what I wanted – and was able to find many more options in store that I fell in love with. The store is laid out so that you can walk around and look at everything on display and I really love it there. They have a big section for kitchen supplies and organization and I spent some time there going back and forth and finally deciding on what I wanted. I sent my hubby off with the kids to look at other things so I could have a little alone time. It was great! They have an affordable collection that will make any kitchen look fab! If you haven’t been there before, or haven’t been lately you need to go – you will wonder how you ever survived before ;).
Some of the items I got were:
- DROPPAR Jar with lid, frosted glass, stainless steel (118 oz) – these are great for rice, sugar, flour, etc
- DROPPAR Jar with lid, frosted glass, stainless steel (14 oz) – these are great for powdered sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, etc
- DROPPAR Spice jar, frosted glass, stainless steel (3 oz) – I got several of these sets for all of my spices on my stainless steel spice rack hanging on the wall
- TILLSLUTA Dry food jar with lid (various sizes for plastic silverware, paper goods, bottles and jars on the shelves, etc)
- KNAGGLIG Box, pine (9×12) – perfect for fruits and veggies
Once home I couldn’t wait to implement my new organization supplies into my freshly cleaned pantry. I was amazed at how much better it looked with the items we got from IKEA – like the big glass jars and the organizing baskets for our plastic silverware and paper goods, as well as all of the jars for the spices and seasonings. I used the tall bins for some of our bottled items so I didn’t have them floating around on the shelves. It really turned out amazing. I got some chalk board labels and used a silver ink Sharpie marker to label all of our items. Now our pantry looks inviting and I actually want to be in my kitchen again cooking, baking and creating. It is amazing how a little organization and cleaning (ok maybe not so little for me – but totally worth it) can go so far. My kids are pretty good about keeping it cleaned up and I am loving the freedom from clutter and junk. I have since decided I want to do this to every room in my house – so be aware – more posts like this are coming 🙂
I hope I have inspired you to get your pantry organized and cleaned – especially with the new year and holidays coming up!
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