Hi sweet friends! Are you having a great week? We’ve been busy busy around Grandma’s house. Take a look:
Every time my mother-in-law comes to my house for a visit I hand her a huge pile of sewing projects and tell her to get to work.
To repay her (or at least try to start somewhere), I promised to organize her least favorite space in the house…her kitchen pantry.
It doesn’t look too scary, right?
This kitchen pantry pretty much looked just like any other pantry that hasn’t had a blogger go all organizational cray cray on it.
And I knew that if I could hand this sweet lady a bunch of curtains and ask her to cut them all up and sew ‘em into horizontal stripes for me, there’s no reason why I couldn’t pull out everything from her pantry and turn it into a organized and functional space.
So, it began.
The kitchen was a total train wreck by the time we finished bringing everything out onto the counters! I know you can’t really tell by looking at it, but we did have things arranged in piles. Organized chaos, right?
When it came to putting everything back, grouping like items was key. We started by using clear containers my MIL already owned and a few from Wally World. (See the really large one on top holding the Cheerios? That was full of animal crackers …my cute kids had already eaten everything inside, so we just saved the container for the cereal.)
All snacks, quick breakfasts, and side dishes, like stuffing and mashed potato mixes, got their own storage boxes.
Every container got a label made from scrapbook paper and printer labels my MIL had in her stash.
Canned goods and larger items were added to the shelves, but I made sure that everything was grouped with like items. A lazy susan holds condiments in the hard-to-reach middle of the shelves.
Large food storage boxes and extras from Sam’s Club stay on the floor and out of the way. The cute striped bag holds MIL’s reusable grocery sacks.
A hook keeps her cute aprons organized, too.
Apart from being a seamstress, quilt maker, and artist, my mother-in-law is also a professional cake decorator. Seriously. It’s a shame she has no talents.
“Sewing skills, quilting skills, painting skills…guys like girls with skills!” - Napoleon Dynamite if he was talking about my MIL.
“Well, you could build her a cake or something.” – Pedro to Napoleon
K, enough movie quotes (or misquotes). On to my point. She has quite the cake decorating tools collection, and we wanted to make sure she could have everything she needed all in one spot. I suggested she use a door organizer system like the junk door I have in my kitchen.
She put her sewing skills to use and added coordinating ribbon to a $5 Wal-mart shoe organizer. Black and white scrapbook paper with printed labels gives the tools an assigned spot while still looking pretty.
My MIL also sewed an extra pocket to the bottom to hold her large rolling pin.
Last, but not least, I added a few of her red plate chargers to the top of the pantry just because it’s pretty.
It’s small details like these that make a pantry go from chaos to organizational heaven in just one evening.
The total cost for this makeover was just $25.
By using storage bins and containers from around the house, the cost of this makeover stayed under control. A quick trip to Wal-mart for the shoe organizer and a few clear containers (for the sugar and flour, each about $3 a piece) was all we needed to complete the look.
My in-laws really love their new and improved pantry! It’s so easy to find things now, and figuring out what to cook is a whole lot faster. And I’m pretty sure I can still hold my long-standing title of Favorite Daughter-in-Law.
So how about you? Have you overhauled your pantry lately? Used any of these organization ideas before? Do you have a junk door yet? Come on! Everyone’s doin’ it!
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