We have been working on some beautiful framed mirrors in our master bathroom, but we encountered a bit of a delay when one of the mirrors we purchased became chipped, and we had to order another one. I will admit that a small amount of marital strife ensued when one of us put the mirror down a little too hard on the driveway, and we heard a sound you never want to hear a mirror make. So, the mirror reveal will have to wait until next week. Oh well!
Instead, I spent the weekend organizing my pantry, and I’m really happy with the way it turned out. I found a simple pantry organization system that I think will work really well for me and my family.
I did a google search for “pantry organization” and found so many great ideas! I wanted to do something very simple, that would work for me and my family (and that my kids could maintain). I saw this incredible pantry from Shanty 2 Chic, and absolutely loved it, but I felt like it would end up being extra work for me in the long run to maintain it. I just couldn’t see myself emptying all of our boxes of cereals and crackers and things into the containers, having to wash the containers each time I changed the food, and then having to change the labels each time. Too much for me…I know my limits.
For my simple pantry organization scheme, I bought 12 of the Sterilite Large Ultra Baskets They come in packs of 6, so I just had to buy two packs. They are about 16″ deep, 13″ wide and 6″ high. These are great, inexpensive baskets that can be used for a thousand different things in your home. I use them throughout our house (mostly in our closets), because they come in a variety of sizes and they hold up really well.
I took a close look at all of the items in our pantry, and started grouping them into categories. We ended up with baskets for snacks, chips, crackers, dessert, water bottles, rice & pasta, bread, smoothie supplies, and baking supplies. Your categories could be very different, of course, depending on the type of food and other items you keep in your pantry.
For the labels, I bought a package of 20 chalkboard labels and a white chalk pen from Michael’s. I punched two holes in the labels, wrote the category on the label, and then attached the label to the basket using some jute string.
My pantry organization approach got a thumbs up from the husband and kids. They all agreed it should be easy to maintain, which is the whole point, right? I just love opening up that door and seeing such an organized space for a change!
What about you? Do you have some pantry organization ideas to share that have worked well for you?