Dearest DIY-ers, I am joining all the girls for Pinterventures 01.2020, the first Pinterventures post of the year. Erlene at My Pinterventures is our fearless leader for this monthly series, so please be sure to check out her blog…it is full of great recipes and craft ideas.
The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! If you are like me, you pin with great abandon. And enthusiasm. But somewhere along the line my ambition dwindles off. Which translates into making the same tried and true meatloaf recipe over and over, month in and month out. Or buying my holiday decorations rather than making some cute, handmade crafts.
These Pinterventure posts ensure that I try at least one of the zillions of pins I’ve saved. The theme for this month’s Pinterventure challenge is about organization and storage, so I chose to share some easy pantry organization tips I found on…PINTEREST.
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52 Weeks to an Organized Home
Remember how I said I was going to follow Taylor’s 52 Weeks To An Organized Home in my recent Currently post? Well, this girl is on FIRE! The first weeks of the year, Taylor’s had us organizing our kitchens. And I am proud to report that between juggling babies and helping Lauren, I have managed to stay on track with each week’s challenge. Here’s some of what I’ve done this month.
I have a Pinterest board called Spic and Span, you can check it out, here. It has over 250 pins and and more than 1,200 followers. To be honest, it is probably one of the boards whose pins I have actually implemented most.
In preparation for the 52 week challenge and this post, I began pinning lots of pretty pantries, and tips on how to make mine look that way.
First there was this pin from 52 Weeks to an Organized Home.
Then I came across a pin from Home Staging Blooming, Illinois of this picture perfect pantry.
I loved all of the organization that went into making this tiny pantry its most effective. My pantry is about 3 times the width of this space but not any deeper. And I have one closet-sized door by which to access the space that is on the far right rather than in the middle. So there are some dark, hard-to-reach areas on the far left side.
Finally, I came across this pin of 11 pantry organization ideas from Of Life and Lisa.
My pantry has always been pretty neat and well organized but the items that wind up getting stored in the obscure left corners are really hard to see and manage. I often wind up buying more ketchup because I can’t see that I already have 2 bottles waaaay back there.
And I tend to buy more pasta because I don’t look to see how much angel hair or spaghetti or lasagna I have. It’s so much trouble to open those boxes to see what’s in them. And they are on the hardest-to reach, tip-top shelf.
Same thing with canned goods. I keep buying cream of chicken soup because I am not sure how many (dozen) cans of the stuff I have.
One of our kitchen cabinets has been devoted to snacks. And here we are on Weight Watchers!! But most of the things are healthy(ish). However, bags of (baked) chips, nuts and beef jerky get all mixed up in there. We often wind up with 2 open bags of walnuts or pretzels.
Obviously, I needed a solution for these first world issues! Here’s what I put together from the pins above.
Easy Pantry Organization Tips
After I’d figured out what I needed, it was time to head to Amazon to find my solutions.
While I think a pantry filled with beautifully labeled, clear canisters of food is very neat and uniform…it isn’t practical for me. I know myself well to enough to be certain I am not going to want to dump fresh, new food into all those containers every time I start running low. Beside that, what if you fill up that pretty canister and still have cereal left in the box? Do you have to put the clear canister and the box on your pantry shelf?
Decided just to use this pantry organization tip just for my pasta. And not for crackers, cereal, chips, rice, etc. At least for now. Found these clear acrylic, air tight, locking containers on Amazon. Used the tall, narrow containers for lasagna and spaghetti. The stockier canisters for shaped pasta and noodles. Pasta problem solved. ✔️
What to do about those jars of pickles, multiple bottles of ketchup and cans of soup? I found this stackable can rack organizer. Each rack holds 36 average-sized cans. I bought 2 racks. Used one for all the cans of soup and vegetables, and the other for the jars that had been lurking in the depths of my pantry. I won’t be buying cream of chicken soup for months. Canned goods problem solved. ✔️
Snack rack. The second and third pinspiration pins both featured racks on the pantry doors. What a great use of space! Perused Amazon til I found this over-the-door, adjustable, pantry organizer rack. Now that’s a mouth full! And the perfect solution for our opened bags of chips. I can see what we have and what is already open. Used the bottom shelf for our collection of popcorn salts. Snack problem solved. ✔️
Where do you store your bread and buns? Did you know that bread goes stale about six times faster in the frig than at room temperature? [source] So I keep my loaves and buns in the pantry. But sometimes they get squished between the boxes of pasta and cans of soup! So, thanks to these under the shelf, hanging baskets, my bread stays fresh longer and looks more like bread!! Bye-bye moldy, squished buns. ✔️
The Big Picture
Now you’ve seen little bits of my pantry. Here’s the big picture.
This pantry organization is just a part of the whole kitchen organization and decluttering I have been doing this month. Love these results and so excited to be able to share here with you.
Hope you will take a few minutes to check out the pinterventures of some of the other bloggers linking up this month. And maybe even consider joining the challenge in February.
TO JOIN NEXT MONTH’S #PINTERESTCHALLENGE, CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP ⇒ February Pinterest Challenge
For more Pinterest inspired projects from this month’s Pinterest Challenge hosts, check out the links below ↓
My Pinterventures • Domestic Deadline • Elle Marie Home
Cookies Coffee and Crafts • Across the Boulevard • Slices of Life
Teadoddles • Farm Girl Reformed • Purple Hues and Me
Decorate and More with Tip • Sew Crafty Crochet • Life Beyond Kitchen
Mom Home Guide • Intelligent Domestications • Lulu & Celeste
Love My Little Cottage • Eye Love Knots • My Family Thyme
Create with Cynthia • Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After
Christine Faye Repurposed • Coastal Bohemian
Now, let’s see what the other hosts have created ⇓⇓
Are you or have you ever been a big Pinterest pinner? Do you pin without follow-through or do you pin only things you know you are going to try? I started out pinning only projects, recipes, crafts that I really thought I would do. But now – somehow – I have over 32,000 pins. Longevity runs in my family but we aren’t cats!! I think it would probably take more than 1 lifetime to sample all of the things I’ve pinned.
Pinning and Pinterest is fun to me. I don’t feel this incredible pressure that some seem to get from seeing all of these clever ideas. I just feel inspired! How about you?
Hugs and kisses,