Wednesday, March 7, 2012

My Pantry

I've been living in a sick house for almost a week, and somehow I haven't gone completely insane.  Last Thursday evening my 5 year old son came home with the germ of all germs and ever since, it has been a whirl wind of sheet changes and Tylenol shooters.  My 2 year old hasn't started showing symptoms yet, but I am still waiting on the other shoe to drop.

The only bright side to our house confinement is that I have had time to do all kinds of cleaning and cooking.  I seriously am going to invent a "tool" belt for sick emergencies that will hold Lysol and Clorox wipes in a holster on my hip, so stay tuned. 

The one thing on my list that I have been putting off is to rearrange my pantry, so I took this as the perfect opportunity to get the job done.  All the pictures I am about to share with you are post organization, simply because there is no way I would've let anyone see what my pantry looked like before. ...

This is the cabinet I use as my pantry.  I bought this cabinet from a man who made it by hand, but I think you could also use an old dresser or armoire for the same thing. The trick to organizing your pantry is to make sure all the things you use the most are at eye level and easy to grab. This is especially important for those of the family who can't seem to find what they are looking for unless it falls out of the cabinet and smashes their toe...I have one of these in my house, but he shall remain nameless.

The next tip is to use all possible space, especially when you have a small house.  I live in a house that is over 100 years old, and back then, they didn't worry about walk-in pantries or closets, so I have had to get creative with what I had. ...

This is the stairway to my basement, which happens to be right off of my kitchen.  I purchased a pantry organizer and installed it on the wall.  This made use of some wasted space, that also happens to be very accessible while I'm cooking.  One shelf was already on the opposite wall, but I did add a wire basket that hangs down.  I also stuck a couple 3M hooks on the wall for my aprons (we can talk about my unhealthy addiction to 3M hooks later).  So I hope this gives you an idea or two for your pantry and if you have any extra advice, I would love the in-put!

No comments:

Post a Comment