I’m sure you will be relieved to know that the Pantry Clean Out Project went swimmingly. (You were worried, weren’t you?)
Of course, cleaning out the pantry only alerted me to the other areas of my kitchen that need attention. I went to move something from the pantry to another cupboard and discovered that needed organizing too. You know what they say. When you give a mouse a cookie . . .
At any rate. I started a list for the next 29 days of this Organizational Challenge. At least it won’t be difficult to find projects.
Here is another Before picture. I actually went to Trader Joe’s this morning, so I unloaded those bags as well as the bag that had been sitting on the floor earlier today.
What a mess!
So I took EVERYTHING out.
Okay, well. ALMOST everything.
I did actually remove everything from the floor, sweep, put the bags into one big bag to recycle, and neaten up my jars.
The rest of the jars, I put in a bag to be put up in the attic in case I ever decide to can apple butter or strawberry jam. I didn’t need them all cluttering up the pantry. The ones I saved are for chicken stock, which I make weekly.
Next I wiped down all the shelves. Eventually I want my husband to replace the wire shelves with melamine, like the short ones that he added in between. It could also use a good paint job. But for now, I just wiped them down and started putting everything back in.
I was planning to put some things in other areas of the kitchen, like the blender and the le Creuset pot and the two French Press coffee makers. But once everything was reorganized, I discovered room for them in the pantry. Since the rest of my cupboards are in desperate need of an overhaul, I didn’t want to make matters worse by adding stuff to them. Maybe once I get through the whole kitchen, I’ll reorganize a bit. But for now . . .
TAKE A LOOK!
The baskets at the bottom, by the way, are for potatoes and onions and veggies that don’t need refrigeration. Clearly I’m overdue for a trip to the market.
Tomorrow, for this 30-Day Cut the Clutter Challenge, I plan to tackle the junk drawers. Thanks again, Amy, for the inspiration!