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Thursday, January 20, 2011

52 Weeks of Organizing: Pantry

As promised yesterday, I finally got around to organizing the pantry. Whew! Much thanks to the best of Elmo DVD for giving me 30 minutes in which to work. :)

In all honesty, the before and after pictures don't really do it justice, but here they are for good measure:


After completely emptying the pantry, I organized everything by category (snacks, pasta/sauce, canned goods, condiments, processed crap food, breads/grains, baking, and breakfast) on my kitchen counters. Then I got out my trusty label maker (LOVE that thing!) and added a couple of categories (I had already labeled a few shelves during last year's challenge). Then everything went back in! I even had room to put my cereal and tortilla chips in there instead of their previous home on top of the refrigerator, so now the kitchen looks a little less cluttered as well. Double win!

So like I said, the pictures might not look that drastically different (especially since I don't organize my pantry with fancy bins and containers), I feel so much better knowing that everything is in its correctly labeled place.

On a slightly different (but still organizational) note, I've been tackling my former-guest/craft-room-but-soon-to-be-nursery like a madwoman. I'm not ready to post the "after" pictures yet, but here's a sneak peek at the "before."

Eek, just looking at the pictures makes me shudder. The room already looks SO much better, and I can't wait to show you the completed project!

Happy organizing to my friends who have taken the 52 week challenge!


Anonymous said...

Looks a lot like our cabinet after I organized it. =p I'm sure it is more organized looking in person.

Alexandra said...

The pantry looks good. Having everything labeled has to help you stay organized. I can't wait to see next week's project.

Krajcimama said...

I keep putting my pantry off...I just don't know how to start!

Nice work! My before and after pictures never look that much different...but I feel so much better after I finish something!

Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

The pantry looks great, I know what you mean! Can't wait to see the nursery!

danae said...

thanks for visiting & leaving a comment on my blog! your pantry looks just as fabulous - even without paint! function is what really matters anyways :) good luck with the 52 week challenge! i look forward to seeing what else you get done.

Carol said...

It looks great. As long at it is functional for your family that is all that matters in my organizational world. I love my label maker too!