You might remember the last time I cleaned out my pantry…it was in a different house!
Now that we’ve lived in our new old house for almost a year (holy crap!) it’s time for me to evaluate my space. I’ve contracted the Spring Cleaning Bug and I’m really into organizing lately (thank God!) so I decided to go through my pantry yesterday and purge/organize. On a side note, I think it’s important to live with your space for awhile when you first move in and see how you use it. Then regroup!
Let’s look at the before.
This is a high traffic closet. We’re opening it up CONSTANTLY in my house. And since it’s been quite untidy for the past few months, it really freaks me out when someone else leaves it open (COUGH COUGH COOPER).
I started sorting the shelves. This time I decided to do one shelf at a time. I thought I’d be too overwhelmed with pulling it out at once. It made it waaaaaay more manageable.
More sorting…and emptying jars…
I ended up going through all of the food and tossing what expired. It’s good to go through your pantry every few months to see what you need to get rid of/need to add. I like to do a BIG sort twice a year and then every few months straighten things up.
Let’s talk about some sections, shall we?
Top row contains all my specialty flours & things I don’t need as often. Because the top shelf is high up and has a lot of head room, I decided to put big bottles (like oil & white vinegar up there)
Shelf below contains all of my potions!
I decided to break things up into sections.
Vinegars & Oils to the left… and Asian & Mexican ingredients in the middle.
Condiments like Mustard, Cookie Butter & Peanut Butter…
And to the right we have sweeteners! Honey…Molasses…etc.
The section below this one contains all my sugar/flour and baking needs.
I have my vanilla & chocolate section.
I labeled some of my glass jars. This is my grain/rice/bean section.
I did tidying up on the row below…sorting like with like.
To the right I have rice/grains/beans in glass jars.
Nuts/Dried Fruits/Crackers & Snacks below….
The GRAND AFTER!!!!!
Let’s hope I keep it this tidy for months to come! Wish me luck.