Spring Cleaning Challenge – Pantry Organizing

Pantry Organizing
It is the last few days of spring cleaning here on Inspired-Housewife, and I joined iDreamofClean and 9 other bloggers in the Spring Cleaning Challenge for a chance to win some incredible prizes!  You can still join the fun too.  Click the above link for more details soon, because contest ends April 5th.

My pantry is always a source for contention between my husband and I.  We love to cook in this house, but our pantry is simply not big enough.  If I had my dream pantry it would be a walk-in pantry with lots of shelves to house all my canning goods, flours, lentils, and other items.  I am thankful for the size of the pantry I have, but up until this spring cleaning challenge I could never find anything in my pantry.  This caused us to over-buy items, because we would not know we already purchased an item or we would lose many potatoes and onions in wonderful rotten aromas.

I started this project and removed everything out of my pantry.  It was no small job and it ended up in a huge mess before it was all completed.  My poor house totally fell apart during the spring cleaning of my kitchen and pantry.  When cleaning a new area area, I feel it helps to sit down and make a list to prioritize the space.  If you determine where you would like to keep things before you start, then you will be happier with the end result.  I own a bunch of cookbooks, most of which I forgot I owned because they were always on the bottom shelf of the pantry, but I reorganized and placed them at the top of the pantry.  Most of these books do not contain gluten friendly recipes, but I often modify gluten recipes and change them so they are safe for my son.  I left the cereals where they were and moved some of my big pots and pans to other areas in my kitchen, which freed some much needed space.  My husband also bought me four Rubbermaid Plastic Under Shelf Pull-out Drawers that I now use to house my smallest canned goods, spice packs, and breakfast bars.  These pull-out drawers free up a lot of space, and they easily hook onto the wire shelving or could work with wooden shelves also.  Another Rubbermaid product I bought was a large plastic stackable basket in which to place my potatoes and onions so they had a place and would not get lost to rotten smells in my kitchen.

Pantry Organizing
 

I grouped like and related items such as all my noodles with my tomato sauces, beans and vegetables with other varieties.  This now allows me to see if I need to buy more black beans or if I need more of a certain kind of noodle.  I am pleased and pleasantly surprised at how nice my pantry looks, and I hope we can keep it this well organized.  I love the look of it and the organization gives me relief and happiness.  It was worth the disorganization of the rest of my house, because I hope now my husband and I will feel less stressed while we cook.

XOXO

Amee

 

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I am Amee, a housewife, mother, food lover, and DIY cleaner. I am a special needs parent and a woman's health advocate. I love my cats, shoes, chocolate, and Superman.
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  1. Kirsten says

    I have loved looking at your blog and all the cleaning ideas you have presented recently! I can not wait to get into a bigger place so we can takke advantage of all the organizational space. This little apartment (in reality a 2 bedroom daylight basement) has almost no storage space! I did manage to organize my “pantry” the other week though and it does make meal prep much easier!

    • says

      Thank you Kirsten! I am trying to get better organized because with three small kids it is always a fight. You sound like you are really cramped for space and I hope you find the home you want for your family. It has been fun to blog about what I am doing and I hope it helps people. :) Amee

  2. says

    Amee, you did a great job with your pantry! I love the under the shelf storage drawers! I just saw them at Lowe’s a week or so ago. I think I might need to reconsider getting them. It looks like they really freed up some space for you.

    Thanks so much for linking up to Simply Sensational Tuesday! :)

    • says

      Hi Amber,

      Thanks for following and I will go and check your blog out too. Glad my post will help you it really made a difference in my pantry. :) Amee

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