One of my main New Year resolutions is to get organized. I am so tired of the house getting messy so soon after I clean it, and part of that is due to there not being a specific place for everything. Take our pantry for example. It is pretty small as far as pantries go, and there was never enough room for everything on the shelves, so stuff just got shoved and stacked on top of each other. It didn’t matter how often I straightened it up, it was back to being a mess a few days later. I am working on a tight budget, so I headed to the Dollar Tree, picked up $15 worth of bins, and had my pantry organized in no time!
First, I will show you the shameful before shot. This my friends is what happens when you let boys put things away when they don’t have a specific place.
See what I mean? When there was no more room, things just got piled up.
When you go to the Dollar Tree, what you see is what you get. What does this mean? It means they usually don’t have more stock in the back, so what is on the shelf is all there is. I purchased three of the royal blue solid bins, and wanted a fourth, but there wasn’t one, so I went with a royal blue plastic basket that had some holes in it. In the future, if I see another solid bin I will just buy it and swap them out.
White wire baskets were purchased to hold, potatoes, onions, apples and bananas, things that actually last longer in my pantry and free up space in the fridge. A big blue plastic basket was bought to hold chips at the bottom, since we buy a large supply of single serve bags at once. To round out the pantry, I found a bunch of tall plastic food canisters that have the spout that pops up for easy pouring. This worked well for cereal, pancake mix, oatmeal and even pasta.
When I started organizing the products in my pantry, I thought in terms of things that could be grouped together. This pantry holds mostly our breakfast, lunch and dessert items, while a set of shelves in the laundry room hold our canned goods, dinner and baking items. Once organized into like products, I labeled each basket with some cardboard gift tags I had bought on clearance at Michael’s and painted in matching colors.
Easy peasy pantry organization, and it didn’t break the bank! How are you getting organized in the New Year?