Pantry Organization

Ever since we have lived in this house, I have been so frustrated with the lack of storage.  I don’t even have a drawer in my kitchen to put my dish towels and dish cloths in.  It really drove me crazy.  One day when I was browsing some blogs, I saw that someone had used a three drawer Sterlite system for add storage in their pantry.  I thought that was a great idea, so I went out and bought one.

Here is a glimpse of my pantry before and changes.

When we moved in (almost four years ago), I bought the door rack to provide extra storage.  It was okay for a while, but ended up getting really annoying because things would fall out of it.  I decided to try a different storage idea for the door…a shoe organizer!  I have used a shoe organizer for years in our computer room closet.  I use it to hold cords, wires, spare computer parts, etc.  I am really LOVING all the extra storage provided by it and the three-drawer organizer.

 

 

 

While the shoe organizer isn’t the prettiest accessory, it sure is nice to have the extra storage space!

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The Spice Cabinet Re-Do

I posted this on my family blog, but thought I should add it here.

I’ve been reading a lot of blogs about organizing.  I have been so aggravated lately with the lack of space in our house so I decided to do something about it finally.  I plan on doing several blog posts, but today I’m going to talk about the dreaded spice cabinet.

We do a lot of cooking so we have a lot of different spices, salts, seasonings, etc.  I have tried many different things to keep the spices organized (i.e., lazy susan, raised trays, etc).  Nothing seemed to help, mainly because we never seemed to put things back where they were supposed to go.  The raised trays are a great idea, but I found that they were more of a pain since all the jars seemed to fall down when I’d reach in to get something.

After reading a few blogs, I found one of those blogs that totally made a light bulb go off in my head!  So, here is the before picture of my spice cabinet:

And, here are the after pictures.

I wanted the magnetic spice tins, but they are SO expensive.  I found a place that you can order the tins from and bought magnets on Amazon.  I had seen several people who used cookie sheets attached to their cabinet doors or just used the side of their fridge.  I wanted to have a piece of metal that would fit the door.  I ordered online and it was fairly inexpensive.  The total price for the tins, metal, and magnets was around $60 I think.  I know that seems like a lot, but it is so worth it to me to be able to just open the door and see the spices right there.

You may be able to get the metal cheaper at Lowe’s or Menard’s.  Someone told me after I ordered online that they have it there.  They sometimes have pieces small enough to fit a cabinet door that are not necessarily cut to fit exactly.  I should have checked that before I ordered, but I was so gung-ho to get going on it that I just went ahead and ordered!

Stay tuned for more organizing posts!  I’m on a mission!  ha!


Day 1 – The Junk Drawer…sort of

I don’t have enough drawers in my house to have a junk drawer, but I had a desk at our front door that was more of a junk desk.  I used to like the desk, but it really was not of the size to be much benefit in terms of storage.  You see…our house is small and lacks drawers, closets, etc.  Oh, we have a few, but not near enough.

Here is what the desk looked like last week.

 

Once I had my light bulb moment that I needed a better storage option, I started browsing around for options.  I finally decided on the Hemnes Dresser from Ikea.  Ikea is two hours from here, but we had a free weekend and needed some other things for my organizing mission, so away we went.

Here is the after pictures.  I am SO happy with it and how much additional storage we have now.

 

 

I bought drawer organizers at Ikea so I can have some separation in things.

 

Overall, I am very pleased with this and it was a great investment.  I also bought a piece of glass for the top of it so it doesn’t get scratched up.


Day 4 – The Linen Closet aka bathroom towel closet

I am participating in a 21 Day organizing challenge.  I have been working on it for a while, but just decided to actually create a blog and post my progress.

You can check out more information at

I took a picture of my closet as it was when I started.  I’m SO embarrassed!!

 

 

Here are all the towels on the living room floor.

 

There are only THREE people in our house.  Why do we need this many towels?!?

 

I forgot to take a picture of the rest of the stuff that I pulled out of the closet.  I sorted through all the towels and put some in a different closet to use as cleaning rags.  I separated our wash clothes from my little boy’s.  I also separated beach towels and put those up on the top shelf since we really aren’t going to need those for a while….unfortunately!!

Here is the after picture.