Pantry Makeover

I finally completed a project around here. It only took me a couple of months to do what should’ve taken a weekend, like this past one but that’s neither here nor there. If you haven’t noticed my kitchen has a million cabinets and at one point all of them were a hodge podge of expired food and misplaced items.

Now I have four cabinets on the far wall of my kitchen that I consider to be my pantry done….and it feels good. I started off the year saying every space in this house would be organized by year’s end and I intend to keep that promise so I guess I really need to get going. I know half of my battle is going to be making sure that every little item in this house has a home so that’s where I started with this pantry makeover.

Pantry Organization

I normally do a great job of not overstocking food. Generally I only purchase what we will eat so I knew only a few baskets would be needed in the pantry to hold our necessities. I spent about $75 in baskets from the Dollar Spot at Target and Homegoods. I purchased the large Ball mason jars from Michaels.

These cabinets are original to the house and the previous owners had them stained so there were and still are dabs of stain on places where there shouldn’t be so I decided to line the back of the cabinets to avoid looking at those messy stains. I went with wrapping paper that I found at Homegoods on clearance. It has sort of a linen feel too it so it wasn’t as shiny as traditional wrapping paper and I kind of like how it turned out.

Pantry Organization

Pantry Organization

To decrease some of the clutter I decided to trade in boxes for glass mason jars. I love mason jars. I use them to house tea bags, grits, rice and popcorn.

Pantry Organization

The left upper side was just used as a dumping ground. Somehow all of our medicines found there way there so I decided to leave it as a medicine cabinet of sorts. It looked like this.

Pantry Organization

It looks like this now.


Pantry Organization

I picked up all of the baskets here from Dollar Spot at Target and labeled them so my husband will know where to put what. The little baskets hold band aids and other first aid items.

Pantry Organization

Pantry Organization

Pantry Organization

Below this cabinet I used more wire shopping baskets and a burlap bag from Target to hold a few other items and potatoes.

I think I’m done for now, I do plan to purchase glass cereal storage bins as well as something to replace the orange bin to house snacks. I’m still on the hunt for those perfect items. I’ll update you when I find them.

Pantry Organization

Have you tackled and completed anything off your home organization list?

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  1. I love it! Over the last year, I’ve,slowly, been purchasing glass jars to house pantry items. I really like the use of baskets especially for meds. The bulk of our medicine has made it to a kitchen cabinet as well. I need to finish the pantry and the laundry closet before summer.
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  2. I got some big toy containers this weekend to try to tackle the war on toys going on in here. I feel like toys are every where and they keep popping up all over the place. Hopefully, the toy bins will keep the clutter to a minimum since the kids have to actually pick out a toy and bring it downstairs. Your pantry looks amazing. My pantry looks like the babies organized it. My desk is an eye sore and I need to figure out how to keep it clean. Do you have a desk area to share? I need some ideas.
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  3. Love it. I’m doing the same thing. Started with my spices and seasonings and used mason jars as well. Keep sharing the ideas.

  4. I loveeeeeee this, so neat, modern and organized. It would have taken me a few months as well. Im a big time procrastinator. Lol

    1. I’m telling you, an organized pantry makes things run smoother. I have managed to keep it organized and that lets me know it really works!

  5. I’ve been wanting to buy some baskets so I can put some onions,garlic, sweet potatoes, and white potatoes at the bottom of my pantry. I also, need to organize my beans. I have jars that are labeled for some grains and beans. However, I’ve been a bit lazy and some of my jars need to be filled up.
    Your pantry looks great!
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    1. Thanks! I think I like the look of jars more than boxes. Of course it takes money but slowly but surely I will get there.

  6. umm LOVE how this turned out! Looking forward to the day when I have a “real” pantry again! and what FABULOUS liner paper!

    Oh and I do the same thing with projects, put off for months what ends up taking a few hours and then I get excited and look for more stuff to put off. It’s a vicious cycle.

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