the Unmentionables

Thursday, November 14, 2013

So maybe it's just us. 
Maybe your house would make Martha Stewart cry tears of joy--perfection in every nook and organized cranny. Over here in the Roach casa, try as I might, we still have a few places that I don't want anyone to ever discover. Most of these "unmentionables" are behind closed doors. Easy to hide, easy to forget... kinda like my elbow fat.

Call it nesting; call it a small case of OCD; call it an excuse to go to the Container Store. But there was one unmentionable I couldn't handle for another gosh darn minute.
Brace yourselves for our pantry.
I mean, what in the world is going on here? Two words. Yiiii-ikes. For a gal who prides herself in a clean, organized house... well, this was just unacceptable.
It was a cluster, my friends, a "let's just ignore the expiration date and shove everything toward the back" mess. Something had to be done. 

I quickly headed to the Container Store, a little slice of heaven on earth, for some much needed inspiration. I wanted a user friendly and pretty pantry--something that wouldn't make me want to curl into a ball and die any time a friend looked inside.

Before you go spend a bunch of money, make a list of all the items your family normally purchases. I knew I needed about 12 big containers (recipe books, bread, pasta, rice, chips, crackers, cereal, quinoa, protein bars, seasonings, baking goods). Depending on the size of your family and what all you buy/want to store in a nifty container, you may need more or less bins for the pantry. 

Then search your house for containers you can repurpose. Chances are you have some mason jars, bins, or old baskets you aren't using. I know we did!
We only purchased two things from the Container Store: a spice rack and door organizer. Upon realizing that I could get all the containers I wanted at Wal-Mart and the Dollar Store for significantly cheaper, we quickly ditched the overpriced wonderland and headed for our neck of the woods to buy the containers we needed for cheap.

I then printed off some free labels here. This gal even offers several blank ones for you to customize, since we don't all buy the same things.
These cute jars I found at the Dollar Store.
I added a few baskets we had around the house to hold our recipe books and bread. 
Would you like to come to my house and meal plan for me? Look, I even got you this fancy pants clipboard.
It's simple, easy to navigate, and (most importantly) nice on the eyeballs.

Here's hoping an organized pantry will miraculously make me want to cook. Dream big, right?

26 comments:

Alexa said...

Your After pictures make my heart go pitter-patter. I did this same thing with our pantry this summer and I swear it brings my stress level down fifty billion degrees when I look in and see everything in a pretty little container and easily accessible! You go, Organized Coco!

Emily said...

We have approximately uno tiny kitchen cabinet that has to fit all of our food. Hello, worst pantry ever. Thanks, apartment. I started stuffing things in small round containers to make it look less messy. I'd say you worked some wonders on your pantry!

Stormy said...

My OCD heart is totally loving this!

Meg Cady said...

This makes me want to hug you and never open my pantry again due to the severe lack of organization going on!

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

I'm so jealous of your pantry. What has my life come to?! lol

Danielle said...

Looks like someone is nesting ;)

Love how organized this all is...we definitely need to do something like this in our pantry. And the weekly meal planner chart is a great idea!!

Becky said...

The after picture is so nice on the eyeballs! Love the labels!! I wish I could help you meal plan...if you find someone that does, could you send them my way next? :)

Jennie Grange said...

soooo good! seriously, come do mine next!
ps. your post is up! xoxoxo

Kalyn V said...

I will plan your meals if you'll organize my pantry... and the rest of my house!

Sarah Smith said...

I love it! A little organization goes a long way! I really love the meal planning sheets- did you make those or can you share where you got them from?!

Veronica Lee Burns said...

I love it! I've been wanting to do something like this for a long time. Just haven't put my mind to it.

Katie said...

looks so good!! come nest over here :)

Miki {Becoming What I Always Was} said...

Looks great! We don't have a pantry, but our cupboards look more like your before photo. I try so hard to organize them, but my sweet husband is not the best at remembering where everything goes so in a matter of days it's a mess again! Maybe I need more container and labels.. labels are a great idea!

Pamela said...

Dang girl! Looks good :)

Laurie @ Disney 'n Diapers said...

This post is so funny..I think we all have spaces like this. I'm a freak when it comes to organizing. I actually posted an organizing post today! I really need to get our pantry finished, it's basically just an empty closet with boxes right now. BOOO

Helene in Between said...

oooooh!! it looks sooo good now. this is inspirational. i need to do this. bad.

Amy said...

love love love this. girl my pantry is a hot mess. not super wide but oh my gosh DEEP...things get lost back there

Katie Did What said...

Girlllll. Come organize my life, please and thanks?

xo

KatyK said...

You keep posting all these adorable house posts, and I keep thinking how can I get this girl to come to Ohio and help me make my house pretty...

Julie Joy said...

Your newly organized pantry looks awesome! I wish I had that big of a pantry! Mine is the size of a port-a-john. Womp womp! :)

Amy said...

I hate our pantry.It's a black hole of close that cupboard quickly.

We're moving in a month to less cupboard space, I'm going to seriously need some organization motivation/ideas to stop the bad pantry organization.

Your pantry looks AMAZING!

Sara said...

I love it! It's my dream pantry! Right now, I use some of the kitchen cabinets and a closet in the dining room for my "pantry". I may be able to organize the closet like this, though. Hmmm....Pinning for future reference! :)

Hena Tayeb said...

my pantry currently looks like the before.. I need to make it look like your after.. so pretty

Andrea @ Love is... said...

Gah, I love it!! And even more so since you used things you had & went to the dollar store! Totally what I would do! = )

Rita Korkounian said...

Jena you are a Martha Stewart in training (only better)! She would be lucky if she had your personality and sense of humor!!! I love all of these special touches throughout your home! Your pantry looks amazing! So clean and organized! And those blue labels are perfect! P.S. I don't know if you've ever seen the Friends episode where Rachel buys all of her furniture from pottery barn....and Phoebe hates pottery barn lol! Anyways....where I'm trying to get with this story is I love how everything in your home is so original;)!

Emilie Bordeleau-Laroche said...

This is awesome! The OCD in me saw the before and immediately wanted to go in and start organizing! I love how you fixed it! Definitely gonna do something like that when I have my own home! OCD-queens for the win!