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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Pantry Organization on a Budget


In an effort to use my free time wisely over this winter break and tap into my organizational energy, I decided it was time to give our pantry a little love. I'm not sure why this space hasn't received any TLC earlier, because judging from the before photo below...it was clearly past due.


Now I will admit, while it looks a little chaotic, there was still a bit of a rhyme and reason to the madness previously. However, I was also constantly moving items from one shelf to the next as with labels as to where things should go only created in my head, the hubs was never quite privy to this classified information. 

So a few days ago, I decided it was time to take control of the situation and make my invisible labels, visible to all. We already had a few containers at home on hand, but I knew I wanted a few more as well as a bit of uniformity, if possible, throughout. Armed with gift cards in hand as well as a coupon for $5 off of $25 spent on storage, I headed to one of my favorite magical places- Target. 

There, I purchased all of the white bins you see pictured as well as one more of the clear cereal type bins. The other clear bin we already had on hand and the blue bin you see I received as part of a Christmas gift and decided to reuse (for free) for this purpose. All in all, with coupons and gift cards, the purchase did not cost us a penny out of our own pockets.

Then I set out to make the labels. Thinking about the most prevalent or primary items in each bin, I was able to create titles for printing. I then backed each with some scrapbook paper I had on hand and added them to each bin. Let's just say now it takes the guess work out for the hubs, the shifting of and searching for items off my plate, and I no longer cringe when I open the door. My organizational side is pleased.




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