Ever since I knew I would be doing this challenge, I have been looking forward to being able to finally organize our pantry and food storage.
Like, I’ve been literally counting down the weeks until we’d be able to afford the massive shelf it would take.
(For the to-do list for organizing the pantry, go ahead and click here.)
In trying to decide how best to approach last week’s challenge, I knew immediately that we would need to buy a shelving unit of some kind since our food storage alone was taking over almost half of the floor space in our spare bedroom (and it was kind of becoming a liability, seeing as we were almost breaking our ankles every time we tried to find something in there). So last Saturday, we skipped off to Lowe’s (well, I skipped–I had to bribe Matt with the thought of buying a movie at Walmart to get him to come) to buy ourselves the biggest shelf that could possibly fit into the limited space we have.
And we found one–a black resin 5-shelver that can hold 175 pounds on each shelf (no joke–Matt could stand on each, no problem).
Once we got the shelf assembled, it was pretty much a matter of just assigning everything to a shelf: staples such as flour and sugar on the bottom, cereal and chips on the top, fruit cans on the second shelf, etc. I also cleared out a bunch of stuff from the existing shelf we were using as a pantry over to the new one, so we would be able to more easily see everything that we had.
I seriously cannot tell you how GREAT it feels to have everything I need to cook a meal right in the kitchen, instead of having to run upstairs to the spare bedroom every two seconds to grab another can.
Check it out:
I know the pantry shelf above might not look a ton different at first glance, but check out the spices at the bottom left corner and notice how you can now actually SEE everything.
How are your kitchen cupboards looking? What’s your secret to keeping them organized? Do you have a system of where you keep certain things?