Pretty pantries. What can I say, I have a weakness. They are one of my favorite spaces to organize because they can ultimately save us so much money and the kitchen is where we spend so much of our time.
How does an organized pantry save money you ask?
- Using clear storage allows you to quickly see what you already have stocked, so you don't re-buy what you already have.
- Using sealed storage containers will keep your food fresh for longer.
- Only buying what you have room to store will reduce unnecessary over-purchasing.
So when Oksana wrote and shared with me her pantry, my heart smiled. She did it exactly right, was resourceful and even took it that extra step to add pretty labels. Good job girl!
I adore your blog and look forward to mid day every weekday when your email usually arrives.
I made over my little pantry and am so excited! Perhaps, you might find it worthy of being featured in one of your Reader Editions. I posted about it on my blog, here is the link: http://ordermatters.com/
Thank you for inspiring so many folks out there to find joy in an organized life.
And here is her story as shared on her blog:
I have a small pantry in my kitchen. It had been terribly neglected. This is the "before"....
Yep, that’s it. I was ashamed. Most of the time, I could find things easily, but that just was not enough for me. So, I emptied everything out…
And got to work. The primary issue I had in the pantry was lack of visibility. I had no choice but to do a bit of editing and some restructuring. I made a list of the bulky items I keep in my pantry and purchased clear containers in which to store them. I had to carefully consider the weight increments in which I buy items such as sugar, flour, rice, and other grains in order to source the containers of the right size. The containers HAD to be stackable because while I have a small pantry, each shelf has a lot of height. With stackable containers, I could utilize the space in between the shelves to my advantage. I decided to go with the Click Clack brand and got them at an amazing discount at The Container Store.
These containers feature squeeze-top closures and airtight seals to keep food fresh. Lift-off lids make them easy to open and close. There are, of course, other great products out there, but I found the Click Clack ones to be functional and very reasonably priced.
After various pantry items are put into clear containers, it becomes somewhat hard to identify what is what. So, labeling was critically important. I got a free template for these lovely labels from Better Homes & Gardens. Aren’t they sweet? Labeling is always so much fun.
Voila! The “after” photos…This is what my made over pantry looks like now!
I have pull out drawers in the pantry. If you look at the top of unmarked containers, it is hard to tell what is inside. So, I labeled the otherwise hard to identify lids.
I am really pleased with the way the pantry turned out. Every time I open it now, I do a little mental celebration dance. I can’t help it…organized and pretty does it for me.
What do you all think? What challenging areas of your house are you working on now?
THANK YOU Oksana for sharing your incredible pantry and your process of taking it from drab to fab! Your makeover is inspiring and lovely.
And the before and after one more time, so we can celebrate with her:
That's not all! Oksana is hosting an AMAZING giveaway on her blog for to help you get your space organized as well, with organizing services, a set of labels and a gift card to the Container Store for $50! Can you believe it? So much sweetness going on here today!
Who else is just as smitten as I am? Anyone else been playing with those free BHG label downloads? Don't you just LOVE?!
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