Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Pantry Reorganization Photos

This was a low budget pantry reorganization. For about $30 I was able to purchase all the supplies I needed - some storage containers, a bin for potatoes, an over-the-door hook and a few pant hangers-turned-tablecloth hangers.

Dry Goods Storage - a few well labeled containers are easier to stack than boxes and a lot less messy than bags of sugar.

Spaghetti - pasta in bags always seems to get kind of lost in a panty. An old over-sized baby formula can is just the trick for keeping the spaghetti from breaking.

Beans - beans tend to come in bags. Bags, even with clips, tend to come open spilling little beans all over the pantry and floor. And they are just the right size for my baby to choke on. An old jelly jar is just the right size for holding these.

Party Box - this holds paper plates, plastic cups, plastic utensils and napkins - all the essentials for a quick party setup. A label makes sure I remember what is inside.
Potatoes - Bags of potatoes get shoved on the floor and by the time you remember you bought them there are so many eyes sprouting you feel like someone is watching you. This handy slide-out bin is an easy way to store them and see them. I have my extra rice on the top but this would be a great spot for a different potato variety or onions.

Bags & Brooms - I can't take all the credit on this one. My mom made me the handy plastic bag holder. But you can buy these in almost any home store in the country.

All in all, this isn't the most organized pantry ever. But items are sorted by function and are easy to see and get to. And it's a living, working pantry. Items go out and new items replace them. It doesn't need to be picture perfect. It never will be. It just needs to function in a way that makes sense for you and your family.

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