Welcome to my pantry! The new year always makes me want to tackle new projects and I’ve had my eye on my pantry for awhile. I wanted not only function but beauty too. This post will show you exactly how I reorganized my pantry-function and beauty. I’ll highlight great products to transform your pantry into a practical, Pinterest-worthy place!This post will show you exactly how I reorganized my pantry-function and beauty. Click To Tweet
Reorganize Your Pantry-Function and BEAUTY too!
We moved into our home fifteen years ago and a woman named Lynne (who would turn out to be a dear friend) invited me to a Tupperware party. Organized bins for the pantry?! Sign me up! And those bins were very functional for a very long time. I also used clear plastic bins with a handle from The Container Store. (I use those in the new pantry too-as well as in other areas of the home. They’re great.) Here’s some “before” pictures of my pantry:
Like I said-very functional, but to me, not very pretty. I love Pinterest (I bet you do too!) and I kept seeing all these drool-worthy photos of mason jars, chalkboard labels, and the textural beauty of pastas, grains and cereals. So I decided to go for it!
The Steps to Reorganizing A Pantry
Here are the steps I took to overhaul my pantry:
- I emptied my pantry of everything. This is the point where you should throw away any expired or funky looking food.
- Group your food into zones. The zones I use are:
- side dishes
- helpers (like Panko crumbs and taco shells)
- drinks (tea and water flavor packets etc.)
- treats (a small bin with some chocolates, Walker’s shortbread cookies etc.)
- specialty items for company such as flavored nuts so I always have something to put out if a visitor drops by
- onions and potatoes (in baskets I already owned)
- recipe binders (my system for keeping our favorite recipes that are not online-later blog post) and recipe books (in magazine holders I already owned)
- I wiped down all the shelves a non-toxic all purpose cleaner
- Next I cut new shelf paper to fit the shelves. I used the Duck brand Easy Liner from Walmart in Black Quatrefoil. They have lots of cute patterns-especially online. You’re sure to find something fun that coordinates with your kitchen!
- Then I determined which ingredients I thought would look best in jars. I found glass jars again at Walmart.
Great Ingredients for Glass Jars
The ingredients I placed in the larger glass jars are
- flour, sugar, brown sugar, and powdered sugar in the baking section
- steel cut oats in the breakfast section
Mason Jar ingredients are:
- cake flour (I don’t bake too many cakes), cornmeal, cornstarch, and demerrara sugar in the baking section
- old fashioned oats, grits, and pancake mix in the breakfast section
Here are a few pictures of my new and improved pantry glass jars!
Plastic Containers are So Handy
- pasta (3 kinds-lasagna, spaghetti and bow tie) and rice in the sides section (pictured above)
- cereal (3 kinds) in the breakfast section
- crackers, saltines, pretzels, goldfish, and tortilla chips in the snack section
Bins Hold a Bunch
Lastly, I put appliances that I don’t use everyday (panini press, fondue pot food processor, bread machine etc.) both on the lowest shelf of my pantry and on the floor.) My 3 crockpots-which I do use almost every day!-are on that last shelf with plenty of space around them so I can grab them easily.
Here’s an overall picture of my new pantry.
I’m in love! The pantry door opens what-60 times a day?! depending on the size of your family. Why not make it pretty as well as functional. Another thing I noticed as I was overhauling my pantry was that I was really getting in touch with all these great ingredients I have like steel cut oats and quinoa. I definitely think now I will want to cook more. This was a great jumpstart to healthy cooking for 2016!
I hope this inspires you to make your pantry beautiful as well as functional!