In anticipation of the busy holiday season ahead I spent the day today organizing some 'behind the scenes' spaces in my house.
When I moved in (back in April) there were a few areas that weren't organized properly to start with. The house was under construction for a long, LONG time so as I was unpacking I was sticking things in here and there, wherever they fit.
Now I've been trying to re-do those spaces. To make them work more efficiently, now that I know the house better.
However, I was NOT feeling it today. This was a busy, busy week with only 1 day off work and that doesn't sit well with me at all. I really need 2 days off in order to be able to take care of everything I need to do around here.
I felt a little overwhelmed and didn't know where to begin. I knew I had to spend some time on my pantry - it had gotten out of control and I needed to take everything out and start from scratch.
So I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration!
Isn't it amazing how seeing a beautifully organized space can inspire you to get up off your butt and get busy?
This is a dream pantry.
Mine is not. However, I'm lucky to have one so I'm not complaining!
I browsed around for a while finding motivation and inspiration and then got up and opened the door to my pantry.
Sigh. Here we go.
This is what I started with today.
Yup. Real life, right there.
Maybe it's not as bad as some but it was definitely not working for me.
I need to be able to open doors and drawers and see things lined up neatly and efficiently....not this jumble of bags and boxes and random stuff.
I started with an over the door shoe organizer I found downstairs that wasn't being used anywhere else at the moment.
And then I took just about everything out of the pantry and spread it out on the counters. Anything that was out of date got tossed, and everything else went back in....but better.
The shoe bag was great for gathering some smaller items together where we can find them easily.
PS - do you think we really NEED 8 containers of nut butter?
After about an hour or so I had things under control.
Those little red bins with the labels were actually already in there...buried behind a pile of other bags and boxes.
The basket on the left is full of containers that hold puppy treats. Spoiled, much?
The little set of drawers under the basket holds backup puppy treats and k-cups for my Keurig.
Let's face it...running out of either would be a catastrophe.
It felt so good to get that done I went on to organize the linen closet and tidy up the fridge.
Whew! I feel much better now!