You guys. I did it! I can’t believe I finally did it. What I kept putting off – for years – I conquered in less than three days. I also happened to whip our completely unorganized and ‘scary-messy’ kitchen pantry into serious shape, for less than $300. I am in such awe and feel like the heaviest weight has been lifted off of my shoulders! I’m not kidding one bit…talk about liberating and feeling so good about something! I organized, purged, painted, hunted down the best items to pull this off. I’m so excited to share this with you, so please, without further ado – let’s open that pantry door!
*Affiliate links are provided in this post for your shopping convenience – while I make a small commission on these items, it’s no extra cost to you! Ah… but first…a reminder of the before. Rows deep of ugly boxes and expired packages. Plastic bags floating around. Piles of items stashed into the corners, and just a plain old-fashioned hot mess. If you read my post last week, I walked you through this pantry and talked all about the stress and anxiety (no joke!) it has given me for years. You can read all about it and get a closer look right here.I had put this project off for so long, thinking it would be a ton of work, and too much money to spend. I just didn’t want to spend $500+ on this little pantry, especially since I really couldn’t stand it. Well, let me tell you, since taking this on with serious conviction and no looking back, I am a new woman! Had I known it would be this easy and feel so great, I never would have waited this long.And here is my newly organized kitchen pantry. Baskets, wire shelves, glass jars, and the best part for this type of pantry, the door organizer. It was the biggest investment, at $110.00, I purchased it from Canadian Tire (and have similar ones linked further down). It is a life changer and allows me to keep the shelves clutter free. I removed the boxes off the shelves that I couldn’t empty into jars, and gave them their own designated area. No more random box sizes floating all over.Almost everything else you see here is from the dollar store. Yes, the dollar store. You wouldn’t believe what you can find there – items that you can pay three and four times the amount for, in other stores. My cylindrical glass containers, tall pasta containers and the small size baskets are all from there. In case you’re wondering where the plastic bags and reusable shopping bags are from the ‘before’ shot, my oversized ‘bread-crock’ jar is housing the plastic and the reusable ones are on the very top shelf (not pictured). We keep our weekly shopping bags out in the garage.I like the idea of the a uniform look, so I purchased a plethora of these jars with metal lids in different sizes, to hold cereal, pasta, rice, nuts and goldfish crackers. I’ll even most probably buy more of them, because I love their look, and I sill have plenty of room on this shelf if I need to add more. The large ones were $3 each, the 2 medium sizes were $2.50 and $2.00 and the smallest size were $1.25. If you look at the back of the shelves, the tall pasta containers, which happen to match my large bread-crock jar on the top shelf, were $4 each. I spent a grand total of $66.75. For less than $70, this shelf looks like a million bucks ;)We added a half-depth shelf at the very top, to house items I don’t use often. Simple mdf (medium density fireboard) brackets and melamine shelf did the trick perfectly. We happen to already have the materials, so there was no additional cost, but if you were to purchase what you’d need, it would cost around $20. I also gave the entire pantry a fresh coat of white paint, in an eggshell finish, which I already had as well.
SHOP GLASS CONTAINERS:
I love the use of the space underneath the wire shelves, and I have more of my small glass jars housed inside the baskets. This small size is perfect to corral small things you don’t want to just throw in a basket.Next up, are my mix of vintage inspried jars for the baking/candy shelf. I have kids and yes, they have candy. From one holiday to the next, there is always a stash in here, although they’re pretty good about eating it, I have to say. Cocoa mix, peanut m&m’s (a favorite in our house) and dark chocolate (mine and my hubby’s nightly treat) are beautifully contained in these jars. The two in the center I already had, and the four others with the labels were $2 each from the dollar store – $8. I haven’t written on the labels just yet, I haven’y decided what to put yet…candy, chocolate, treats, hmmm, such a dilemma ;) Really though, just look at my pantry! I still can’t believe the difference. I purged so much from this little space, I was in shock of what I got rid of. Not having it organized was cause for a collection of expired food, things I didn’t even know were in there. Some were years old. Really shocking stuff! Even pasta expires, so one of the tricks that I find useful is to label the bottom of your jars with the expiration dates so you know when to throw things out. Everything in our pantry is what we use. I don’t have an overabundance of packaged food. The kids eat one or two kinds of cereal at a time, and I don’t purchase a dozen cans of something at once. We tend to cook mostly meat and veggies on a regular basis, and what we have in here is for our use. The amount of pasta I have in here is actually much more than I would normally use. I only cook it maybe once a week for the kids. I talk a little bit more about our diet and how we eat in this post here, all about my daily tips for an organized life. You may find you need more baskets for example, if you have more boxed items that you keep on hand. Or you may need a full shelf dedicated to canned goods. Find the solutions that work for your needs to have a pantry that functions for you.
SHOP VINTAGE INSPIRED JARS:
SHOP FLOOR BASKETS: