I have the best husband ever, hands-down. When we moved into our new home and he suggested we convert the large closet off the kitchen into a pantry, my mind started racing with possibilities!! I just couldn't wait to get going on that project! Here's what we started with:
A basic, boring, dirty, but large closet. First things first- I scrubbed the entire closet down and got busy painting. I went with a deep chocolate/wine shade. Normally I like sticking to basic neutrals with paint, but the closets are a fun and risk-free place to experiment with color! After looking at different shelving options, we selected basic board shelves from Menards. Mark installed them for me and it was love at first sight...
|FYI: this was before I re-did the kitchen decor.|
There is a high shelf (not pictured) where I store duplicate items. We also have shelving under our basement stairs that we put extra food on (Mark is all about being prepared...and I love him for it!). The wire shelf was something I already had (from Wal-Mart). Yes, my spices are in alphabetical order. I'm sure some people think that's ridiculous, but I'm here to tell you it saves SO MUCH time when cooking...no need to sort through all your spices to find the one you need! I got the chalkboard labels on Amazon as well as a chalk marker, and later found some matching ones in the $1 section at Wal-Mart-score!
this site. I plan 2 weeks at a time, that's why there are 2 weekly boards.
And that's it! I'm very happy with the outcome, it makes it much easier to see what we have so food doesn't go to waste and it also helps us stay on track with healthy eating! Being so organized takes time up front, but it's so beneficial...just keep up with it by putting items back where you found them and take the extra 10 minutes to put groceries away in their right spots. This will save you plenty of time in the kitchen...no more wondering what's for dinner or where to find the ingredients! Happy organizing!