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A couple of weeks ago I tackled on a home project that I had been wanting to do forever; organize my pantry Pinterest style! I wanted to get my pantry organized before the holidays and before we start having friends and family over. So I hit the town and started shopping and looking for baskets and containers and realized this was going to be a VERY expensive reorganization project. I went to the container store and had things in my cart totaling $300+! “Absolutely not, not happening”, I thought…there must be a cheaper way to do this that still looks amazing. So I gave myself a $75 budget to purchase glass and plastic containers, jars, baskets, labels, etc. I went on the hunt on Amazon, Home Goods, Dollar stores, and found everything I needed.
First, I got an inventory of the food I had in my pantry so that I wouldn’t have to keep going back to the stores. I hate when I don’t have enough of something or I forget something and there I go to the store again for the 100th time. So I made a list of the things I needed based on the food we had and what we normally buy.
Containers needed for:
Baskets need for:
-tools (we like to keep the hammer, nails and other stuff inside the house so we don’t have to keep going to the garage when I come up with something to hang or redo in the house)
Miscellaneous items needed:
-rotatings plates for spices
I got the white plastic baskets at the Dollar Tree for $1 each and the glass jars and containers at Home Goods. Each glass jar was $2.99-4.99! I did already have some containers at home which I am sure you do too and you probably have more mason jars than you even know what to do with so you can use those too! I also found the rotating spice plates at Target. The point is that you will need to shop around so that you can find the best price for what you are looking for.
How To Organize
I started by taking everything out from the pantry and cleaning the shelves and doing some touch up paint (not necessary but I’m OCD). I consolidated our food and sadly had to throw away a couple of things which I totally hate wasting food. That’s why I love the baskets I found with the circles because I can actually see what’s in there so that we use what we have! Then, I started with the large jars I bought and poured the bulkier larger items that I knew would need big jars like the flour, cereal, pasta, sugar etc.
Then I used the medium cans for the remaining items, and finally the smaller ones. I did have to start over on a couple of jars so that I was using the best jar size for the food item and make the most of the ones I had. Once I was done, I started labeling the jars and baskets and placing them back in the pantry. I also purchased the can racks at the Dollar Tree (I would go to the local dollar store first before you go anywhere else because they have a lot of things that are useful and cheap). Depending on the size of your pantry, you might have to play with the placement of the jars and baskets to make the best use of your space and of the items you use often.
In total, it took me about 3 hours from start to finish and if you are an organization freak like I am this will be really really fun! I played some jams, poured myself a glass of wine and had the best Friday night (lame I know). Overall, it was such a fun and easy project! I spent $75 in total and I felt like an amazing budgeting, home organization, wonder woman of a house wife when I was done (lol).
I hope you are inspired to tackle on your own pantry! Give yourself a realistic budget and stick to that. You don’t have to spend $300+ to make your pantry organized, functional and pretty. Hopefully you get to do this before your family starts visiting for the holidays and you have way more food than normal. I am sure they will be totally impressed with your pantry and will ask you to do theirs too.
Thanks so much for reading and let me know if you have any questions or if you are going to do this project soon!