Monday, February 20, 2012

:: pinterest-inspired pantry makeover ::

I've been on a "Pinned it & Did it" roll this weekend! After the exciting Saturday night of baking banana bread, I decided I was sick and tired of my disorganized pantry with it's piles of bags of baking supplies, pastas, rice, beans and all sorts of other things, and that I needed to make a trip to Ikea to buy a few new things to get it in order. I had a sheet of sticky chalkboard paper from a decal I had bought at Winners for a previous project and decided I would use that to cut out labels for all my new glass jars. I love how it turned out!

the new and improved pantry

dollar store buckets for onions & garlic (repurposed from our laundry room)

ikea baskets to organize bags of pasta, rice and beans (that used to drive me crazy in a messy pile!)

ikea jars, along with repurposed mason jars & bonne maman jam jars for all our dry goods.

I always keep the plastic containers from our spinach/mixed greens/produce. They are in organizational use all over our house, in bathroom drawers, cabinets and now, in the pantry to organize tea :)


these dollar store buckets house our snacks (we have a chip addiction at our house), crackers, cereals, and bags of flour. We also have a space for lunch snacks and for potatoes and other root veggies. The space behind the cereal and flour holds the huge bags of rice, oats, and other things that still had leftovers when I moved them into the Ikea jars.

It's certainly not as perfect looking as some of the ones on Pinterest, but this is our REAL pantry with all the stuff we really eat. I was tempted to leave some things out for the pictures, but I wanted to be honest with all of you!

I noticed many of the prettiest ones on pinterest are filled with beautiful coloured bottles of sparkling water, and Duggar-sized amounts of canned goods, and they don't look all that realistic to me. Nonetheless, they provided the inspiration to get our pantry in order, and I am in love with it.  For $35 worth of Ikea jars/baskets and a little bit of creativity repurposing some things I already had - I think it is a great improvement on the previous mess :) I keep opening the door just to peek inside again, and hopefully that is going to inspire some new and exciting meals at our house.

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