It’s January, which here at chez glamour means it is time to organize!
I have been in desperate need of organizing certain parts of my home, namely the pantry, my closet, the kid’s room, and I need to straighten up my basement (to see my basement before I organized it last year click HERE and to see the result, click HERE.)
But the pantry was really the area that was most in need of an overhaul.
As a matter of fact, I don’t think I have shared my pantry with you because it has needed to be organized for years!
Of course it wasn’t in terrible condition for most of that time, it just wasn’t good enough for me to put up on the blog. In my fantasy life my pantry looks like the picture seen above. But in reality I needed for it to be functional more than I needed it to be beautiful.
The same can not be said for most of my shoes.
So here we have the before picture of the pantry.
It is quite a large space- almost a butler’s pantry, but sometimes more space means more mess!
The major issue with the pantry was the fact I hadn’t really straightened it in years.
Over time I would put things in the pantry that didn’t really belong there, or that I didn’t really have another place to put it.
There were general areas for things, but they were starting to spill into one another and the whole place was a cacophony of crazy.
So I got to work and started organizing.
How To Organize A Pantry
Step 1: Empty Your Pantry
The first thing I did was take everything out of the pantry in sections.
For example, I started with the left side lower cabinets and took everything out and laid it out on my dining room table. Then I wiped down the shelves and put everything back where it was supposed to go. Then I moved on to the next section and so on and so forth.
For two days my dining room table was a complete disaster. But I knew at the end it would be worth it.
Step 2: Trash it!
One of the major components of my organization was getting rid of anything I didn’t need, want, or use.
This included a large amount of expired food (hangs head in shame).
I really need to go through my pantry more often. Side note: the stroller just happens to live in that area of the garage. It wasn’t being thrown away.
I also moved anything that I wanted to keep but I didn’t use very often to the storage room in the basement.
Step 3: Organize your pantry into sections.
I have my pantry separated into three sections.
- The lower level is all serving dishes, large pots and pans, cookware, and then decorative items I use all the time.
- The middle of my pantry is devoted to food.
- The top of my pantry is for things I don’t use very often because I have to get out a step ladder to reach them!
Notice all the empty space? So much better than all of that clutter.
Because my pantry is so tall, and I am quite short, I put the things I use the most in easy reach. That is why the food is at eye level. I find that to be the easiest way for me to see what I have.
Then I separated the food by group: snacks to the left followed by canned goods, bottled sauces, and pasta.
Then on the right I have my baking goods on the the main shelf with grains/legumes, dried fruits, and nuts above it.
On the very top shelves are things I never use but don’t want to throw away, followed by things I use every now and again on the shelves above the food.
The three bottom shelves hold my serving bowls and trays, cooking/baking items, my bottle collection (which I use all the time) and the props I use for my cooking photos.
Step 4: Reward yourself for a job well done!
Not bad, right?
Not as glamorous as some I have seen on Pinterest, but at least it is much more functional. Also notice the new microwave?
That was my reward to myself for a job well done! I mention rewarding one’s self in the video I posted on Tuesday (here).
I think it is very important to reward yourself when you accomplish a goal.
The reward doesn’t have to be as expensive as a new microwave, but it should be something that helps you achieve your passions.
One of my passions is cooking, so the microwave helps me achieve this ambition.
And look! The dining room table is all cleared off!
The whole thing took about two days and two trips to the Container Store.
So if you have an area of your home that is driving you crazy with its disorganization, maybe now is the perfect time to tackle the job.
As a matter of fact, I have written an entire book about how to stop procrastinating and get to work on accomplishing a major goal, such as getting your home organized.