Two weeks ago I spend a day giving my pantry a mini face lift. I am so happy with the results.
Come take a tour with me!
Paint! The very first thing I did after emptying the pantry was paint it. Previously it was a
hideous uninspired shade of builder-grade white flat paint. I painted the walls a pale, butter yellow that I already had from a project I was going to do awhile back. The shelves got a fresh coat of high gloss white.
Starting at the top: Dry goods are stored in restaurant-style food storage bins. I love them because they hold a lot, are clear, sturdy and my labels stick easily. I use them for flour, sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, baking mix and cookie/cake decorating supplies. Other things on the top shelf are my vacuum sealer and the storage containers I use for freezing meals.
The next shelf (at eye level): Baking supplies (this is where I’ve always kept them).
And on the other half the larger items for everyday dinners – rice, pasta, taco shells, salad toppings
Shelf #3 (just below eye level): This is where I had some fun at The Container Store.
On the left I used a simple cabinet shelf to stack cans. On the bottom I have just my true “staples” chicken broth and tomatoes. On the top, everything else.
In the middle I wanted some pull out drawers like you would put in a cabinet. But since my shelves are only 15″ deep all of the ones made for the kitchen were too big. I told the helpful employee my dilemma and she suggested that there might be a 15″ pull out in the bathroom section. Sure enough, we found these Roll-Out Cabinet Drawers. I bought two – one for bottles and one for small boxes and packages.
Seriously, how awesome is it that I can pull the drawer out and find that bottle of apple cider vinegar tucked way in the back without moving everything in front of it?
The other side of that shelf holds some other miscellaneous cooking supplies (like bread crumbs, extra peanut butter, seasoning packets, and extra ketchup). You might have noticed that my seasoning packets are in a little box. That is a kids shoe box from Stride-Rite. The opening in the lid was just the right size for those packets.
Shelf #4 is kid accessible. I moved the cereal down there and snacks. We keep a door knob lock on the pantry door because our kids are young (just 3 & 2) and I don’t want unlimited access to snacks. But when I open the door at breakfast time they can grab the cereal themselves. The cereal is in containers from The Container Store
(that I couldn’t find online.)
I did NOT label the cereal containers because we switch up what we eat from time to time and I wanted these to stay flexible. Next to the cereal is drinks (lemonade & hot cocoa mix), popcorn kernels for our air popper, nuts, and treats for potty training in some Oggi canisters I got at TJ Maxx
but I think you can find them at Target and other places as well. In addition to the canisters I have the nuts and things in a variety of old jelly jars. These, again are not labeled because they get changed out.
Shelf #5 is also kid accessible. Here I put bigger snacks like crackers & chips along with stuff for the baby – formula, baby food & bibs. It’s great to grab a bib while I’m grabbing a container of applesauce. I’m not sure I’m in love with the Rubbermaid containers I have here but I already had them on hand so I’m using them for now.
On the floor: This is for bulk storage. On the far left I have an old diaper box with party supplies (paper plates, napkins, etc that I need like 3x a year). Then water bottles. Then this pull-out shelf I had from before that I put extra Ziploc bags and foil and cling wrap. I keep the current package of these items in other locations. These are just extras. Finally, more extra supplies like paper towels, dishwasher detergent and giant jugs of vegetable oil.
Did you think I was done? Not yet. I haven’t showed you the walls on the sides and front!
To the left: the previous owner of our home already had these shelves installed. I put our storage bags on the top here and my “make a turkey” stuff on the bottom self. What is “make a turkey stuff”, you ask? Well, it’s brining bags, twine, cheese cloth. As my dear husband pointed out I only make a turkey a few times a year. Well, yes, I responded, but I still need to store the tools somewhere!
Under the shelves I put a 3M Command Hook
to hold a bag full of my plastic grocery bags to use for lunches for work and small trash cans.
And on the front wall, another Command Hook for my broom & dustpan
To the right, the top shelf has cleaning stuff for my Shark Steam Mop and carpet steam cleaner. The bottom shelf is what I like to call the “Nana & Papa shelf” – things my parents like when they visit like coffee and tea.
Under the shelves another Command Hook for my Shark.
On the front wall, a magnetic strip from The Container Store for holding extra bag clips.
And finally… on the back of the door I put all of my reusable shopping bags inside of one bag on a hook. Now I can just grab the bag on my way out the door to the store.
So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed my tour.
To see my previous pantry reorganization check here.