Cupboard Organization

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.




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  1. 1

    So nice and beautiful!! I need to do that! I use kimchi pots for some storage.
    Mischa recently posted…My New Crochet Project: 30 different squaresMy Profile

  2. 3

    I adore this! I need to reinvent a few things, because our home is now Hawaii, and any kitchen items stored (even in sealed tight jars) seems to rot/mold/attract bugs…ICK! So I’m still feeling out how to preserve, but in the same mentality of buy only what we need. ALL areas are next for me to organize, lol;)
    Lindsay recently posted…Settling InMy Profile

    • 4

      We had the problem with bugs in the summer humidity also. The canisters had to have a rubber seal for us and adding a little muslin herb bag filled with white rice to absorb moisture works really well. I’ve added them to several of our jars and even my homemade detergent to prevent moisture buildup.

  3. 5

    The cabinets look great! You’ve inspired me – I need to tackle mine. It’s just too easy to jam new items in without getting rid of the old, expired stuff, isn’t it? You must open them now and SMILE!
    Meg recently posted…Hello, Old Friend.My Profile

  4. 7

    Not yet. i did a few organizing things when I came home from tech school but now I’m holding off until I clean out my pantry of food.
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  5. 8

    Where did you get these containers from they are super cute? Niamh

  6. 10
    Anne-Marie says:

    Doesn’t it feel good to organize & label things? Looks great =)

  7. 12

    Awesome job! It not only looks great, but it looks real. Some of these redos look so perfect that you know two cabinets over is all the stuff that wouldn’t fit in the cabinet they did the photo shoot of.

    – The Tablescaper