Sunday, March 4, 2012

Divde and conquer

To save what is left of my sanity, I have been organizing and purging all things in our home. It all started with the kitchen pantry. It started out small, but turned into a big and expensive project.

I decided to use containers for most of our food items. I found the most amazing containers at Target. They are clear and have a wonderful lid that has a big pop up button to close it.
I'm using them for rice, flour, sugar, pastas, teas, and many other things. They come in all sizes and I feel like I'm in heaven for finding them. My pantry is not very big like the one I used to have in my former home.

This pantry comes with its own set of problems. Number one being that I try to cram everything into this small space. I had the mop, the broom, dust pan, the swiffer mop and all kinds of others things in there with our food.
It started with those containers I mentioned. One whole row is full of them. I did a snack basket with portion sizes and calorie counts for sister. She has been on a night eating binge. I thought the portioned out snacks might help her. Nope it didn't. She just ate more and more snacks. I still like the idea for myself, so I will keep it.

Once I finished the clear storage containers, I tackled the top shelves. I store things that I seldom use such as paper plates, bread baskets and the less used kitchen items. Things that don't look good or fit went into these green containers and they are stackable too. I wanted to paint my pantry or wall paper it but the top goes as high as my wall outside of the pantry and it wouldn't look good. I also wanted to changed the light fixture in the pantry, but it presented a problem as well. So I did the next best thing I could do. I adjusted my plan and worked with what I had.

The floor of the pantry is where I store my dog and cat food. The solution was to buy containers and store them in them. I'm liking my choices. I also prepared a basket for all of my baking supplies. That way I can pull out the whole basket instead of making multiple trips to the pantry.

I moved out the extra medicines I stored in the pantry as well as anything that was not pantry worthy. I moved the dog's heart worm medicine and the cat's things to another box in the wash room. I still haven't figured out what to do with the bread, but I'm working on it. Right now I'm about half way done with the pantry. I sort of work on the new bins and containers, but neglect the mess. In my mind it will all work out.

Every year, I feel the need to organize things in our home. As I said, it started with our master closet, next the pantry and now I'm on to the wash room. Some where in the middle of got in the way and I am still organizing. The only bad part of all of this is I have to constantly keep it all in order. LOL! Some days that is just not going to happen.


Sarah (Nikki) said...

HI your header. About organizing....I do that too. It makes me feel like my life is a bit more organized ☺ Have a great day today.

DeEtta said...

Your organizing looks great. You have given me a desire to get going. My pantry is a disaster.

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Mimi said...

Looks great to me! And huge compared to my one-press "pantry". I did, however, put all my baking supplies in plastic lock-n-lock containers, and it makes life much easier!
Good luck with your organising, I empathise with trying to keep up with other stuff at the same time.