This week I decided to try and get organized. I have an entire board just for ideas on organization. I keep pinning stuff in hopes that I will actually start organizing. So the other day I found myself at The Container Store trying to gather some inspiration on where to start organizing our very unorganized home. The kitchen and office were my highest priority but the office would take much longer. So I decided to tackle my pantry.
I'm one of those people that tends to buy things on accident because I didn't think we had any more even though it was hiding in the back of a shelf. I have two areas in our kitchen (other than the refrigerator) That I store things. The first is a cabinet just for cooking and baking, so things like spices, flour and sprinkles. Gotta have sprinkles on hand at all times with my little baker. Then we have a Pantry that is about the sized of a decent hall closet. This is where everything else goes.
I got a fantastic Elfa Over the Door system for 30% off to add shelves to the door for added storage. It's extremely sturdy so I feel confident that it will be safe. I plan on getting a few more trays to fully fill the door.
I also found a hanging rack for things like brooms and mops at the thrift store to get them up off the floor and against a wall. The aprons, brooms, duster and mops all hang here now.
I made sure that everything could be seen. One row unless it was multiples of the same item it doesn't get something in front of it. We actually just converted another closet space in our house for “stockpile” food that I have been getting from couponing. So a lot of the extras get put in there now. There are a few added measures I plan to take with organizing the pantry but these were the main ones that helped. I have it sectioned off with canned goods, snacks, breakfast items, pasta / rice, etc.
The biggest thing I wanted to do was create a special snack box just for JaMonkey so that she could go in and get something out when it was snack time. She named it her “Hungry Box.” It's just a simple plastic box that I found that happens to have a handle on the front for easy pull out access. The Granola Bar box (Goldfish Box) is the next thing I'm replacing!
I filled the box with snacks that we had like Cheese crackers, Goldfish Grahams, trail mix, Granola bars, and more. I put them into portioned snack bags so that she doesn't over eat from the box and they are quick and easy to grab when we are running out the door.
She loves the independence of having her own box to choose from. I plan on creating an are in the refrigerator as well for the same thing because she loves things like carrots, string cheese and yogurt for her snacks also. Perhaps the bottom shelf can be the JaMonkey shelf.
The snack box idea came from Jen over at I Heart Organizing.
Here are some other ways to organize around your house:
- Organizing your Pots and Pans
- Organizing Kids Puzzles
- Organizing Your Kitchen
- Organizing your Drawers