It occurred to me recently that I hadn't actually considered the state of my pantry ever since I had moved in...over 6 months ago. Uninspiring, messy and not the least bit organized, I knew this wasn't a huge project, but one in which a little time and money could make a big difference.
A visit to the Container Store left me the proud new owner of several small but vital organizing tools: a small, narrow pantry shelf, a lazy susan and lots of new food storage containers. Before getting to the store, I measured my pantry for depth, length, height and also for the clearance of each shelf opening.
My first step upon returning was to clean the shelves. While I may add color later on and while many of you may protest, I decided I liked the simple and clean look of no colored paper inside the pantry (though I might feel more inclined to add some punches of color when the weather gets nicer.)
After cleaning, the organization part was a snap. I moved my favorite teas into a cute vintage sugar and creamer set I repurposed. I grabbed a vintage mail sorter and used it to display my favorite recipes. I lovingly arranged my spices on the lazy susan. I added my dried goods to my new jars. So, it was super simple, cost under $40 for the new items and took less than 2 hours with the store trip and cleaning to assemble it all. Now I've got a remarkably cleaner and more inspiring pantry space for a fresh start to the new year.
Will you be reorganizing your pantry this year? What's the one spot around your home that definitely needs freshening up for 2011?
Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.
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