Getting Organized for the New Year – Part 2 Pantry’s

Please tell me I’m not the only one who is dying for this kind of pantry organization found over at The House of Smiths?!?
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Well needless to say my pantry has always been organized, but when I saw this pantry posted I knew this would be my goal!  Granted my pantry is in our laundry room and no one really ever sees it, but it is a decent size and has much potential.  I’ve painted it in the last year, but need to get busy on the shelves and repainting those.  I have purchased many glass jars and things are coming together, but I’m still a ways to go before it looks this pretty!  I’m going to share with you some ways to help get your pantry in tip top shape this year.
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First off…BASKETS!  They are your friend!  They hide the ugly hard to organize foods!  Spice packets, odd boxes, juice boxes or pouches, cereals put into ziplocks.  You can use baskets or non-clear plastic tubs that have no lids.  Label them or leave them unlabeled for a clean look.
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Use glass jars if you can, or clear plastic.  I put all my pasta’s in jars similar to these hinged mason jars shown below, and man did it make a huge difference to not see a bazillion pasta boxes.  Also utilize labels that you can do with those fancy craft machines that you all have (not me, so sad!)  Use chalkboard paint, whatever…it all looks cute.  Keep items like nuts, pastas, rice, sugar, flour, baking goods, etc…in them.
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Even the snacks for the kiddos can be kept organized and look visually appealing!
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I have several of these hinged tall bottles for items like syrup, rock salt, and oils.  They look so wonderful in the pantry.
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Remember this can get costly.  Do some research first on what items you want to put in to what storage solution.  Ross, Homegoods, and Ikea are all great places to look for the glass jars…even Hobby Lobby with coupons or sales have good prices.  Unless your made out of money, this transformation to a picture perfect pantry isn’t happening over night!  Start with a few things here and there.  Like putting all your cereal in to ziplocks and tossing the boxes, then keeping all the cereal in a basket hidden.  Hot cocoa packets, tea bags, sweetener packets, single serving items fit great into wide mouth jars or old fashion candy store style jars.  Use some of your favorite cookware as decoration on shelves to display. 
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If your pantry is short on space, utilize the door with shoe holder.  It doesn’t have to be clear, but that probably helps with seeing what’s in the pockets.  Use it for spice packets, seasoning shakers, extra snacks for the kiddos, etc…
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And lastly, if you want a cheap solution to storing canned goods if you buy in bulk maybe.  Save your old soda 12 pack boxes and cover them in either fabric, wrapping paper, or scrapbook paper.  Then pile your canned goods inside like the soda cans come when you buy the box.
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When you can see into your pantry or walk in to it and things are clean, organized and easy to locate you will be a happy camper!  Up next on my Getting Organized Part 3 is all about craft spaces!

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