Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Organize your pantry in one hour: 5 simple steps!

My pantry went from this unorganized chaos...

to this lovely organized, shelf lined beauty...


in just one hour flat today!  
And that includes the time I spent lining the shelves with Contact paper.

I have to admit that I am pretty impressed with myself here so I thought I'd share how I was able to do this so quickly.  Even my seven year-old said, "Oh Mom, this is beautiful!"  He's the sweetest boy ever.  Later I heard him open it and sing, "Hallelujah!" 

1- Turn off your computer and your phone.  Don't stop for one second to check your email, Facebook, text messages, voice mails {does anyone even leave voice mails anymore?} and you're well on your way to whipping through this.

2. Have a game plan before you start.  Honestly, I've been wanting to re-organize that mess for a while now, but I was a lazy procrastinator waited until I found the right plastic tubs {Costco: 14 tubs for $19.99}.  

I also already knew in my head what was going to work best for each shelf before I started- where the snacks for the boys are accessible for them, and where to put groups of items- pastas, baking products, breakfast foods, etc.

3.  Empty one shelf at a time and wipe down the shelf with antibacterial wipes.  While the shelf is drying, measure and cut your 1st sheet of liner paper.  I saved the backing from the first sheet of liner paper that I cut because all of my shelves are the same size, so when I cut the next 4 sheets I didn't measure them.  I just matched up the same amount of liner paper as the backing from the 1st sheet and cut it that same length.  

4.  Don't feel bad about getting rid of stuff.  I actually feel kind of bad writing that, but seriously- we all buy things that we don't use sometimes, right?  If it's never going to get used, get rid of it.  I found some granola bars that we don't eat {because we pick out the chocolate chip and PB ones, and leave the raisin ones} and some microwaved bagged popcorn that we don't use {because I learned how to make my own kettle corn on the stove top and we'll never go back to microwave popcorn again} so I boxed it up for my husband to bring to his break room at work. 

5.  Line your shelf with shelf paper and group your items the way that you use them.  For me, it works best like this:

-I put canned goods on the top shelf 
{oh and hot chocolate/marshmallows too}.
 -Baking products and breakfast items on the 2nd shelf.  

{I was short a couple of plastic tubs- I'm definitely going back to Costco for another set of 14 soon so I can organize our bathroom supplies next!}
 
The 3rd shelf is where the snacks are- perfect for the boys to get their own snacks {with permission}.  This is genius because I'm not a waitress after all, right?  
"Mommm-mmmmy, can you bring me some goldfish?"
My boys inhale Goldfish crackers.


The 4th shelf is for dinner items/oils: Seriously, look how bare it is?  I've told you about my lack of talent in the dinner department, right?  I'm working on it... popcorn for dinner? 

Bottom shelf: A few miscellaneous items, and bulk items from Costco that aren't being used yet.


Hope these easy tips help you conquer your pantry too!  
I'm off to stare into mine again :) xoxo

19 comments:

Bumblebee and Sophie said...

Great idea to use bins!! I am in the process of organization and also trying to simplify!! Great tips!

Colleen said...

I love the paper liner. It looks great. I feel like my pantry is one of those never-ending places I organize and re-organize.

Rachael said...

Great Ideas! Where did you get the contact paper? It's very cute.

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

WOW! Look At You Go! Looks so nice, like I want to take a nice cozy nap in there-- so nice! ;) Thanks for heads up on those plastic bins at Costco!! I need some of those for sure! (Great Price)!! And Yes- love that contact paper too!! Well Done Mama!

Jen said...

Ahhhh....so organized! I wish mine looked that nice. That snack shelf - isn't it fabulous? We instituted a snack shelf for the boys when they were almost four and I have NEVER looked back! Get your own goldfish, mister! :)

Another thing we do that works for us - when I get home from the store with boxes of snack stuff (wheat thins, PB Ritz, etc.) I immediately dole it out into snack-size ziplock bags and put them in the snack shelf bin. That way, the boys don't have to navigate the packaging, AND it helps with portion control, because I've already portioned it out for them!

Also...just have to tell you I have that same shelf liner. Target? Haha! Great minds think alike!

The Fickle Pickles said...

Ha! I LOVE the raisin granola bars - those are my favorites. You didn't really throw it out - you just donated it, so you can feel better about that. Looks great!

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Oh, that looks fabulous! My kids inhale goldfish too!

The Nira Family said...

I would LOVE to see the kettle corn recipe! I tried to find it on the site, but I'm pretty sure I don't know what I'm doing.

Shannon said...

Love the paper, I have to say though that since I stock pile shop my groceries out grew my pantry a few years ago, now I have two large metal shelving units, that need to be reorganized!
I think I'll take your advise and turn everything off and make a plan, since my area is so big I may try to get my 10 year old and 7 year old to help!

Reannah @ {Shaped by Grace} said...

Great tips Laurie! :) I have a cupboard pantry too and it's such a challenge to keep it organized! Where did you get your contact paper? It's so pretty! :) Have a great rest of the weekend!! xo, Reannah

Lisa @ MMT said...

Your pantry looks amazing! We so need to get these bins for our pantry. Thanks for all the tips :)

Natalie Dixon said...

I need to do this SOOOO bad! I have wire shelves, though, wish I could use a shelf liner to pretty it up! I'll be featuring this tonight on my Sunday Spotlight! Thanks for sharing at my party!

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

Too funny... I just organized my cupboards and pantry yesterday too!

Michelle said...

Love this tutorial! It is great! I feel like I could do this every month sometimes.

Michelle Paige said...

Love how deep your shelves are! Can't believe you did this so quickly! It would have taken me a lot longer!

Amy said...

Love these ideas...I grabbed the idea of use of a plastic container to keep opened packs...thanks

Tracy Jensen said...

Hey....thanks for finding me!!!! This post...awesome!!! <3 Wow in an hour I say! Can't wait to get to know you more!

Tracy

Dear Life From a Mom of Boys

Marcia (123 blog) said...

your pantry is beautiful! I don't know why I never thought about storing the cereal boxes on their sides! GENIUS!

Jaimee @ Craft, Interrupted said...

Good work Mama!! I just saw Jen @ Four Mars One Venus use those same boxes to organize her game closet. Had to come see how they worked in your pantry, too. Two thumbs up!

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