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Have you ever gone grocery shopping only to return home and realize that half of the items you bought, were already in your cabinet? Why does that happen? The reason is a lack of proper organization.
There are three things an organized space should allow you to do quickly and easily:
I saved this challenge for today, because depending on how much food you have, you may need an entire weekend to complete it. For this challenge you will need:
The Process: Empty, Purge, Sort, Scrub, Analyze, Return
Here is how I was able to apply these principles to my pantry and cabinet space. The photos below are from a previous organization challenge - long before I started blogging. I'm so glad I kept them, so that I could share them with you. We home decor bloggers usually don't like to show you the bad stuff, but doing so every once in a while let's you know that we are not perfect.
Boy was this ever a big job! I can't believe how much food had to be thrown away due to expired dates. I didn't even need the large corner cabinet for food, once the purging was done. This gave me much needed space for pots and pans.
After everything was sorted, I scrubbed down the insides of my cabinets, analyzed my space, and returned the foodstuffs to the cabinets that made the most sense to house them. Here is the end result, which we maintain to this day.
Notice that marinades, sauces, and rubs went into one cabinet. While baking items, condiments, and teas were stored in the other. I used clear bins, a lazy susan, and labels separate items, and to clearly identify - and remind others (including myself) of where things should go.
Since we don't eat a lot of prepackaged foods, these were the two easiest areas to organize. The pantry however, was all whole different ballgame. TIP: whenever possible, remove items from their original packaging and store them in bins, squeeze bottles, or baskets. You will be amazed at how much space you save.
Like most things in my home, this is a tricky space to work with because of it's small size. Each shelf space measures between 12 -15"H x 17.5"W x 12"D. Needless to say, locating containers to house all my stuff was a bit of a nightmare. We'll talk more about that in the next post, as this one is getting a bit long. But for now, below is the before and the end result:
And there you have it! My organized food cabinets and pantry. In my next post, I'll outline the storage solutions I used, and will try to link as many items as I can.
In the meantime, how are you doing with the challenge of getting your home organized. Please tell me in the comments below.
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