Today I’m going to share with you my REAL pantry, not a pretty well staged pantry, but one that’s organized for our family’s need. Once a year I gut the pantry, wash all the shelves, flip them over, throw out expired food and get it back in order again. It’s one of those spots that I hate to go into when it gets out of control with people that use the cram method. You know the ones that just find a place and cram it in rather than keep everything in a neat tidy row with other like things?
This is an inexpensive pantry redo and all the items came from Walmart. I purchased 12 – $2 mesh baskets, and 9 – 1/2 = $12 gallon Mason jars and that’s all it took to get things back on track. The biggest thing I like about the mesh baskets is they’re square with straight sides. The ones that are tapered (smaller at the bottom and larger at the top) to me are a waste of space. If they fit tightly together on the shelf I can fit more things into the pantry.
12 – $2 Mesh Baskets = $24
9 – 1/2 Gallon Mason Jars = $12
I’ve had a huge pantry in our basement for years also, it’s at least 4 times larger than the one in the kitchen but with all the teen boys grown and gone I no longer need all the food overflow. For those of you who didn’t know there were times, many times, we’d have my 2 boys and 6 of their friends living with us and let me tell you 8 teenage boys can eat a LOT. So now that they’ve grown and moved on I am trying to downsize and only use the main kitchen pantry for storage. We also live in the country and going to the grocery store isn’t something that happens on a daily basis, we go once a week and stock up.
One of the best parts about this pantry it the outlets. I can have all my small appliances in here and never have to have them cluttering up my countertops in the kitchen. I keep our seldom used appliances on the top shelf, but the stuff I use often remains in the middle where the outlets are. See those brown boxes on the right side of the pantry floor, those are my recycle bins. I’d love to find something different to use like maybe trash bins but once again the shape of them is wasted space. I did find square trash bins but at $65 each I decided to keep my boxes for now. Me and my bestie are heading to IKEA this week so maybe I’ll find something there that will work.
The easiest way for me to get the pantry all organized again is to take everything out, put it on the island, sort through things, get them all into their food specific bins again, and then add them back onto the shelves. I wanted to purchase new pretty canisters for my baking staples when I’m at IKEA but I thought to myself, that’s a stupid idea I just need to use the Mason jars I already have, why spend the extra money.
After it was all put back together again Hubby went in to get some drinks and said WOW that looks nice and I like not having to bend over to get what I want anymore. The whole project took just over an hour to do, and that included taking down all the shelves, giving them a good scrubbing, and putting them back. I’m happy with the results and it’s nice to know what I have again.