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?