I’m slowly recovering from my so far Powder-room fail, both mentally and figuratively. One day I’ll learn to trust my first instincts.. it would save so much time! In any case, it seemed like a superb time to focus on something else.. like my pantry and perfect timing for the January version of the Silhouette Creators Monthly Challenge. Many thanks to Cat of Pocketful of Posies for hosting. This month’s theme was refresh!
Believe it or not, this pantry was very organized just a few short years ago, but over time and as our needs have changed, it’s become very unorganized indeed!
Sometimes it can be really overwhelming to know where to begin when things get a bit out of control – it happens to all of us! I have a 5 step process for most any kind of storage organization. They go something like this:
1. Evaluate what you need to store.
2. Sort Stage 1: Determine whether to keep, relocate or dispose of each item.
3. Sort stage 2: Sort into categories for storage.
4. Organize! This is the part where you find containers shelving homes.
5. Maintain. If you’ve found the right home for everything, this will be simple!
In the case of our pantry, the space and shelves are very deep which makes using the door impossible for much other than apron storage. If organized correctly, we have plenty of room for everything we need to store. The first step was realizing the problem we had was the containers we were using were either not properly sized for what we needed, taking up too much room, or not large enough to store what it needed to. Things had definitely gotten out of control!
So much so that we’ve started moving into other cabinets to hold the overflow.
Following my own process, step two sorting had me realizing how many duplicates I had and also that I had a few things that were a wee bit out of date. Like, ahem, one that had a best by date of 2012.. how?!
After purging any expired foods, I sorted everything into categories that better fit our family’s needs. Some were moved to smaller containers, some remained in the larger.
For some categories, such as pasta, rice and bagged snacks, baskets from the Target dollar aisle were a perfect home. I added rope handles to the baskets to allow for easy opening on each shelf.
Drawers were a great alternative for lunch snacks, making it simple to see what is available and what needs to be added to the shopping list.
To complete the organization, I added vinyl labels for each container made on my Silhouette machine. I used the Harlow Solid Italic font in the Silhouette Studio and applied the vinyl to each container using transfer paper.
I can’t tell you how nice it is to be able to find everything again! Such a simple project that has made such a big difference in my every day!
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How about you? How do you organize your storage areas?
Thanks so much for stopping by and please be sure to check out the other refresh projects for this month’s Silhouette Challenge!
Rachel Teodoro – Making a New Crate Look Vintage + Using a Stencil Made from Vinyl My Life from Home – Farmhouse Glass Kitchen Sign Kock it off Kim – Pantry Refresh and Organization