In this final installment of my 2013 Kitchen Series, I am back in my own home in the Chicagoland area sharing a look at an organization makeover of my pantry. This reach in closet is located right in our kitchen, which is very convenient. I installed Elfa shelving in it over six years ago, which is still functioning great. I shared an organization video of this pantry on OLJ about two years ago (which you can watch here if you’re interested), and while I am keeping much of that system in place, I needed to work on a few trouble spots.
I spent about two hours total on this project, dedicating the bulk of that time to cleaning out and cleaning up. I wish I could say I do a big sweep like this of my pantry items every few months, but in all honesty it’s usually only about once a year. My hope is that with my new organizational system in place I will be able to keep better track of expiring and duplicate items so that a big annual clean isn’t such a big deal.
As you can see, my husband and I don’t keep a lot of dry and canned goods on hand at any given time. Every family’s needs are different and I’m certain that no two pantries hold the exact same items. The key to a working organizational system is to identify your household’s needs and work around the items you’d like to keep stocked in your pantry. Based on what we usually have on hand, I knew that keeping the bins I already had in use would still work for us and that finding a way to make canned goods more visible and accessible would cut down on unnecessary duplicates and expiring items.
I am including a slideshow with a closer look at each shelf and all of the bins contents below:
If you’d like a closer look at this pantry organization, including a view of the space before I organized it as well as more information about my organizational progress, I recommend checking out the video below:
Stay tuned for my annual Holiday Prep Series, starting later next week!
* I am not affiliated with any of the brands or stores mentioned in this blog post or video. All opinions are my own. *