Tuesday, June 22, 2010

More Kichen Organization: Pantry

Although I have posted about kitchen organization before, I still have more to show you! Truth be told, I'll probably always be posting on kitchen organization, it seems that the kitchen is a living, breathing being in our house, ever changing, ever evolving. Just when everything is perfect you turn your back and you're back at square one, but once we have kids keeping the kitchen organized will be easier, right? haha just kidding.
We recently lined our pantry cupboard shelves (check it out here) and I thought it would be the perfect time to re-organize the pantry, seeing as it was already emptied out.

Seeing the contents of our pantry laid out brought out two feelings in me, one, it made me want to simplify, cut down on duplicates, and really just keep the basics on hand. And two, it made me feel grateful, we are very blessed and there is nothing like literally seeing it laid out in front of you to make you realize it. We are very lucky to have more food then we need, but not more food then we'll use (I think there is an important distinction there).
 Lee is a big tea drinker, most people don't believe us but Lee is the tea drinker of the family, he even has a tea cup and saucer (although you didn't hear that from me). Mostly he drinks green tea but we also have a decent collection of tea bags for myself and for the days Lee's feeling a little crazy and has a peppermint tea instead. This tea bag organizer from ikea (linked here) is really handy, it's nice because you can see what you have and saves us from keeping a bunch of tiny half empty boxes of tea in the cupboard.

The bottom of the pantry stayed fairly similar. I grouped the baking goods together (flours, sugars etc...), and am still storing my serving platters on the shelves. The onions and potato's are still staying nice and cool in the same stop.

An old part of the kitchen becomes a new addition to the pantry. We've had these glass candy jars for a number of years now and somehow I always find a use for them. One is being used to hold protein powder (for Lee) and the other holds Granola (costco brand in case you were wondering, they make the best granola).I wanted to make sure that I stored both of these items in glass and not in plastic, one because I worry about plastic's leaching chemicals and two because the granola is fresh and does go bad so I wanted it to be easily accessible so that Lee would eat it all before it expired.
 So, that's the newly organized pantry. It was a lot of work, there was a lot of trial and error, seeing if things will fit then finding out they don't and starting again! The the results are worth it for us! We love the green paper and all the extra space it feels like we have in the pantry now that it's organized and thoughtfully laid out.

Also, come take a look at our food poster we hung by our pantry to help us make better food choices. There is nothing like a sign telling you to eat better starring you in the face everytime you reach for a cookie!


  1. Found your blog from the DIY Show Off and love all of the organizing you and hubby have done.

  2. Hi Ashli, I found your blog via The DIY showoff and I am loving it. Your pantry looks fantastic and very organised. I am looking forward to seeing more of your house and projects! Your new office is amazing, I wish I had a space like that. xx

  3. Thank you so much, I'm looking forward to posting more projects soon, it's great to read wonderful comments it really motivates me to hurry up and finish some more projects.
    Thanks again!! I'll have to thank Roeshel from DIY showoff again, for sending so many nice visitors my way!!

  4. Love your style and your organization! I found your blog thru DIY Showoff too. I'm looking forward to exploring more!

  5. That all looks SO good. Love the doors to the pantry, and the trays you have for the onions are REALLY a good idea. Have been trying to think how to store mine (they are in a basket full of 'stuff' at the moment and really need a place of their own). xx

  6. Visiting from I'm Lovin' It... between her featured pantry and yours I am feeling inspired! I took the closet doors off my pantry a year ago for easier access but never spruced up the interior. Yours looks terrific!

  7. Where did you get the great clear bins for cereal and staples?

  8. We got the bins from Ikea they are great, we used them to store everything. They come in 3 different sizes and all stack together beautifully!!
    thanks for asking! :)

  9. I love your posts on organizing! Everything looks so squeaky clean that it inspires me to get my house in shape! Thanks for all the ideas and inspiration!

  10. I love the tea holder- i will get one too! just what i need! keeps the tea bags that don't have it's own wrapper fresh, instead of sitting in the opened cellophane cardboard box!

    ps. great blog and great ideas!

  11. where is that cute rooster bell from?!


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