My mom keeps her home very clean (she might argue with that) but to me her house is always clean…well until we bring over our toddler and then it shouldn’t be in a decor magazine anytime soon. However, even the cleanest people have a spot in their house that doesn’t bring them much pride. Some people it may be the garage, a junk drawer or their room. For my parents…it is their pantry! Their pantry is in their laundry room and do you want to know what is cool about their laundry room? It has a door to it, so all you have to do is close it….hey look…no mess! 🙂 My mommy said she wanted me to clean out her pantry and in turn I could make fun of her on my blog…so here mom…here is me making fun of you. I love you mommy!
The laundry room is right off the kitchen. And as I stated earlier the pantry is in the laundry room. The view from the kitchen isn’t too bad, but when you go around the door you seem to be very overwhelmed by everything!
As you can tell it is quite the mess (sorry mom). How can you possibly even see what you want to eat! I am overwhelmed just looking at this (once again…sorry mom). My mommy did try to have some sort of organization with the can organizers (that are broken might I add) and the cute Tupperware for her sugar and flour.
The first thing I did was take out every last piece of food! By the time I finished taking out all of the food I ask my mom if I could leave all of the food on the counter, because her pantry looked really good now. For some reason she wasn’t feeling that idea.
As I took out the food I checked for freshness. I threw away outdated, stale and all around gross food that nobody would eat. This ended up being three full bags of useless food that had to be thrown away. But it certainly cleared up a lot of necessary space in the pantry.
I know this tasks seems overwhelming at first, but it really wasn’t as bad as I thought. I first moved all of their small appliances to the top shelf. I figured my family can’t really reach that top shelf to grab food very easily so it waswasted space. So up goes the waffle maker, the skillet and the George Foreman Grill. I then had more space on the bottom shelves which was very important for the functionality of the pantry.
I then took out the stupid can holders and salvaged one of them, but the other one was completely useless.
I took out the big Kitchen Aid box at the bottom. Inside were the nicest pots and pans I had ever seen. My dad apparently won them at one of his appliance events (he’s the General Manager at a successful appliance store here in town). I took out the pans and placed them on the bottom shelf, so they could be accessed if necessary.
I grabbed all of the items that were not food items. My family has a lot of napkins, paper plates, plastic utensil and plastic cups for parties and BBQ’s (my mommy is a social butterfly) and I put them in a cute bucket I found in their garage. I then placed the bucket where the pot and pan box used to be.
I left some napkins available for quick grabbing on the bookshelf next to our pantry. I also put the garbage bags, Ziploc bags, saran wrap and aluminum foil on the bookshelf as well so they could be accessed quickly if needed.
On the top of the bookshelf I placed some random cooking supplies that didn’t really have a spot such as honey, cristco and chopped peanuts.
While putting back the food I had to make sure that each food was placed with similar food. All of the pasta together, all of the rices together, all of the soups together and so on. The hardest was placing all of the items back in the pantry, but still being able to see all of the food. I managed to do it pretty well if you ask me.
Here is the pantry! So much better! 🙂
My parents said that I did such a great job so in payment I got to take home one of the pots (since I only have one at my house).
You know you’re an adult when you get excited because you get to organize a pantry and get paid in cookware.
This took me around 2 hours to complete. I had a lot of fun!
For more organizing tips check out my post about organizing the home with the dollar store. Here