A little over a month ago, I was going through one of the many piles of crap that happened to be sitting on our counter at the time. I came across a Lowe’s Creative Magazine, that had probably been there for a good month if not longer, and decided if it hadn’t been read yet, it was going in the trash… and in the trash it went.
Later that day hubby came home and went to throw something away. He noticed “his” magazine in the trashcan and unknowing of the wrath that was about the spark said “why did you throw this away, I was going to read it”. Well, friends… to say I lost it is a little bit of an understatement. I dug it all up and threw it in his general direction.
“You didn’t even know it existed until you saw it in the trash!” (true)
“You never help me keep things clean!” (lie)
“The piles of crap are overtaking my life!” (exaggeration)
“I can’t stand it anymore, I hate this dining room table!” (grasping at anything)
This went on for a good hour, and I did go a LOT little overboard, but that rant helped me get my kitchen a little more organized- go figure! I headed over to iheartorganizing and Sunny Side Up hoping to get some help organizing paperwork, and discovered I needed to organize my whole kitchen- don’t you love when that happens?
I started with cupboards, purging all of the old Tupperware that didn’t have matching lids or was stained. After that I realized I had a whole bottom shelf in a pretty big cupboard that could be used for small appliances, so those were moved over.
Here is a before photo of my pantry- I was already in the cleaning process so it is usually a little more organized that this, but not much.
Here is what I hated about it:
1. The wire shelving- it’s not something I could easily or cheaply fix, so I needed a different solution so that my small bottles, cans, and boxes didn’t fall over constantly.
2. There are some really heavy appliances on the top shelf.
3. The bottom shelf contained glass bottles and old baby food jars which are breakable and easily accessible to E.
4. BOXES- so many boxes, some half full, some mostly empty… but too many boxes!
5. Overall lack of organization.
Here is the in-between:
My kitchen was in COMPLETE disarray for a good three days. E LOVED it though! She wheeled her wagon in there and spent hours playing with boxes and placing things in her wagon.
So, to solve the issues that I hated, there were a couple of things I needed: baskets, bins and Snapware. Also a HUGE trashcan for everything was being thrown out! I headed to Ross first; I had read that sometimes they carry Snapware products, and they did! I cleaned out both Ross’ and the Marshall’s in our area. I also went to Target and The 99 Cent Only store for the other items on the list.
And this is the finished product!
I LOVE IT! I showed everyone that walked in my house my new pantry!
A close up look of the dry storage- sealed tight! I changed the small labels out to my chalkboard labels.
Now for the breakdowns-
1. All of the Snapware Storage that you see (snacks, dry storage) came from Ross and Marshall’s. I got what I needed plus a few extras. They ranged from $5-10 each. Organization and box problem solved!
2. All of the clear and white containers that you see came from Target. The clear containers were 5 for $4.97- less that $1 each! and the white ones ranged from $3-5. Wire shelving, organization and box problem solved!
3. All of the green baskets came from The 99 Cent Only store, and were all only 99 cents 🙂 Some of these hold the glass baby jars on the top shelf so E can’t get to them now- problem solved!
4. And finally we moved all of the heavy appliances to the ground or bottom shelf- problem solved!
Thanks for reading- let me know if you have any questions! Have you ever done a big organization project like this? How’d it turn out? Any tips?
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