Awhile back I shared a photo on Instagram showing the disastrous state of my pantry.
In general, I’m a pretty organized person. But certain areas of the home have been severely neglected since becoming a mother. There’s only so much time in the day.
Week by week, day by day, the overflowing pantry was starting to get on my nerves. It was getting to the point where I couldn’t find things and I was purchasing duplicates due to my lack of organization. This felt wasteful and annoying so I knew it was time for a change.
I embarked on my pantry organization project in an effort to bring more balance and calm into my life. Little frustrations during the day add up to a constant state of stress and I didn’t like the way that was making me feel.
If you’re attempting to eat well, make healthy choices, and save money a pantry organization project may be a good idea for you too.
I started by taking everything out of the pantry and organizing it by category (cereal, baking, snacks, baby, back-ups, cans, etc.).
I then did a thorough wipe down of the pantry which felt really good. (I use Honest natural home cleaning products and absolutely love them).
My biggest area of concern was the bulk items. Things like nuts, dates, raisins, quinoa, flour, etc. These are the items I buy at the store in bags, toss in the pantry to have on hand and then forget about them for months to come.
So I decided to use clear, glass jars to put a more effective system in place. I went through my pantry items and made lists of how many jars I would need to contain my regular staples.
I made a quick trip to Ikea (okay maybe not so quick) to purchase these glass jars along with a handful of bins to create zones that are easily identifiable.
The shopping trip also included a few big green tubs; one for recycling and one for reusable grocery bags that seem to take over the pantry in an unnecessary way.
I also found these adorable chalkboard label decals from Dana Decals that work perfectly with my glass jar system. I love that if I change the food in the jar I can easily re-write the label.
I’m thrilled with the way it all turned out. The decals are my favorite part. They were so easy to use! They can be used on any kind of canister or bin that you already have on hand. It’s an easy way to feel more organized and in control.
I can honestly say I have less stress and frustration on a daily basis due to this simple pantry makeover.
If you’re looking to do something similar in your home the kind people over at Dana Decals have offerred to give away a $25.00 online credit to one lucky lady.
Be sure to check out their site because they have a bunch of other fun wall decals as well!
Simply post a comment on this post and tell me how you’d use decals of your own. 🙂
Cheers to getting organized, saving money and stress-free, balanced living.