Okay, here it is! It may not be some super classy high-end design, but I finished my pantry project, and I
I started with this horrifying mess...
(Princess #1 is still mortified that I show you all this! She's fairly certain that Social Services will now come inspect our house and take away her little sisters!)
Next I emptied the entire pantry and washed down the walls, shelves and floor with a bleach solution so everything was nice and sanitized.
Then I had to make the tough decision not to paint and stencil like had wanted to do. The paint was not really in bad shape, and it would be a complete nightmare to take down all those brackets. I was "prewarned" by my Main Man that I would be own my own if I decided to tackle that job!
I decided to take the easy way out and add a little fun and color with some repositionable decals. You can find many different designs at craft & home stores. I found some multi-color geometric design tiles at Home Goods for only $9.99! Woo-hoo for bargains!
(Can I just pause here and give a word of testimony about TJ Maxx/Homegoods?
Love, love, LOVE that place!)
My Home Goods only had one set of these tiles, but I think I'll look for another one.
Well, here it is, the finished product... A nice organized pantry!
Woo-hoo! I'm so happy with this! So, here's what's amazing, with the exception of a little purging I did, the same items are still in the pantry, but now they are orderly and in their place. And, no... I bought no new containers.
Let me show you.
Here are extra laundry supplies, tp, and paper towels...
Next is cleaning supplies...
The green basket and the one next to it are filled with extra stock of things already in my kitchen cabinets such as seasonings, salt, hot sauce, salad dressings, etc. The basket on the right is candy and cookie making supplies, like the cookie press, decorating bags, sprinkles, etc.
The top shelf is where I have some of my party supplies.
Beside them are some plastic platters and the picnic basket.
Here are the staples...sugars, Splenda, flour and cornmeal, and below that more back up food items, as well as a basket filled with light bulbs.
The next shelf has a basket for doggie supplies, the multi-color basket is kitty stuff, and the green container on the right is filled with candles and candle holders.
The bottom shelf is where I put my glass vases (in that container on the left) and then items I don't use every day, but frequently enough that I don't want them store away.
On the floor level there is a hand-held vac, lunch boxes & thermoses, and household tools.
I am just to happy with this, I could stand there and look at it for a while! By the way, the drawer unit on the right is filled with all my table linens and placemats.
Why did I wait so long to do this?... I have no clue, but I am so, so happy that I did! Nothing feels better than an organized house! I have one more finishing touch I'm going to add this week, but I didn't want to leave you hanging to show you what I had already finished. Since I kept my commitment of not buying new storage containers, this only cost of this makeover was $9.99 for the tile decals.
I hope you are inspired to get your clutter under control... you will be so glad you did it! Happy organizing!
The Woo-Hoo Gal
* You might like to read my previous post here Pantry Makeover.
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