Today, I had some extra time to work on my pantry organization. I lost my voice, and most of my job is to answer the phones at work. I didn’t have anything to do (other than make important phone calls which I was unable to do) at my second job, so I was sent home early. I decided to use my extra time to start on that pantry organization (after a nap didn’t work out…haha)!
I first emptied out EVERYTHING, cleaned the shelves, and finished putting contact paper on the last 2 shelves (we ran out of paper shortly after we moved in).
After two trips to the dollar store (I ran out of containers and went back with a list later to get everything I needed to finish) and $44.93 spent, I was home and ready to tackle my pantry.
For my $44.93 (including tax) spent, I got 2 corner wire organizer shelves, 2 mini wire organizers for small stuff, 1 roll of nonskid drawer liner, 13 plastic baskets of various sizes, 19 single plastic containers with lids of various sizes, 3 two-packs of plastic containers with lids, and 1 four-pack of plastic containers with lids. That’s a total of 38 organizing items (or 76 items if you count the lids)!!!!
After I had everything, I threw out old stuff, pulled out some items to donate or give away, and then started transferring everything into their new plastic bins!
In case you’re wondering, here’s how I organized my shelves.
Top shelf – large baskets are baking items and the smaller one is cake mixes
Second shelf – Oils & Vinegars, Syrups & Honey, and other small baking items
Third shelf – baking staples & ingredients
Fourth shelf – breakfast items & cereals
Fifth shelf – canned goods, spice packets, sauces, nuts, & pastas
Sixth shelf – drink mixes (ovaltine, protein powder), box meals, rices
Short shelves – left:
Top shelf – Crackers & Rice Cakes, Crystal Light packets, Snacks & Granola Bars
Second shelf – Smoothie mixes, tea strainer & accessories, Loose leaf tea, Bagged tea
Bottom shelf – popcorn & popcorn maker, coffee items
Short shelves – right:
Top shelf – lightbulbs, lunchbox
Bottom shelf – disposable cups, straws, lunchbox, trash bags, bulk baking soda, bulk vinegar
This is step 1 for my overall kitchen organization challenge this week! I was originally planning on spreading this step across two days, but I was able to accomplish it in one! To see my plan for the rest of the week, click here. To join this challenge at A bowl full of lemons, click here!!!