My 2014 word of the year was simplify. I kicked it in to high gear by sorting and organizing the “pantry”. It’s not a traditional pantry with a full sized door, but we have to use what we’ve got. Can I also mention for the tenth time how much I despise our honey colored laminate cabinetry? They’ve recently started to peel at the corners, exposing the MDF underneath. Ick.
Alright, I’m done complaining. Back to cupboard organization. I’m about to share not so pretty pictures for you. Brace yourselves.
I have a lot of everything going on in the cabinets that are supposed to be dedicated to pantry items and serve ware. I knew something had to be done when stuff would fall out of the upper right hand cupboard every time we’d open it. It was a mess. So I pulled everything out onto the counters to sort through. It was bad.
And then it got worse. I found a few expired items that had to be tossed. And the blue Ikea bag was starting to spill over with all the recyclable boxes and jars.
There was finally light at the end of the tunnel, three hours and one giant trash bag later. Once I put everything back, I was relieved. The cupboard clutter was gone and I was left with a much more organized space. I didn’t buy anything new, everything you see was buried behind all the junk. Crazy. Jars and canisters are from Homegoods and Target a couple years ago. Bins are from the dollar store.
The top left cabinet holds most of our dry goods and a few baking items. The jars are filled with pasta, beans, popcorn kernels, breadcrumbs, quinoa, steel cut oats, etc. The top shelf holds most of our baking items. The basket is filled with smaller items like cupcake liners, extracts, baking powder and the likes.
The top right holds everything else. I labeled all the bins to help us sort and keep everything in its place. I also decided not to buy more than what can fit in that specific bin. This has kept our grocery bill WAY down. Our grocery bill has actually decreased nearly 50% in the last month. No more expired canned and boxed goods ever again. Buying just what we need and nothing extra has meant we make a lot of small trips for specific items vs. a couple big trips.
The lower cabinet holds our serve ware and large bins meant for oats, flour and rice. I had a few extra jars that I used to store all our cookie cutters.
It is so refreshing to finally have these cabinets organized. Simplifying hasn’t been easy, but tackling cupboard organization was the first step in the right direction. Keeping only what we need and making sure everything has a “home” is so refreshing. The next thing I’m going to do label the shelves and put laminated sheets with a list of cupboard contents on the inside of the doors.
Have you started any organization projects this year? My next area of focus is all my crafting stuff. SO.MUCH.STUFF.