I have to be honest. From afar, I’ve always lovingly gazed at home organization IG accounts and blogs. Sure, they’re pretty…but are they practical?! Am I really the girl who takes the time to remove the cereal out of its box and into a beautiful clear container??
Turns out, yes. Yes I am.
After all was said and done in our new and improved pantry, I’m now a firm believer that designated spots for designated food items is a GAME CHANGER. Forgive me, past self, for I was completely and utterly wrong. If you need more convincing before you even see the photos, here me out on a few reasons why I love the new kitchen organization.
-It’s a time saver. Think about it: more space, more time! Instead of going on a mission for raisins, I know there they live now.
-It allows for me to see what items are getting low, thus making grocery runs anything but a guessing game.
-It’s aesthetically pleasing. Every time I open this door, I’m still a bit taken aback! Ummm am I in the right house?!
When Leslie from The Marshall Concept reached out to work together, she asked me what aesthetic I liked. My mind immediately went to natural and sustainable. She showed me these EcoWood bins from iDesign, and I fell in love!
Who doesn’t love a turntable?! It provides efficient rotating storage for kitchen and pantry items in cabinets, shelves or in the refrigerator! Plus, they provide a unique shape, making the overall aesthetic even more pleasing to the eyes.
This eco-friendly bin measures 15″ X 10″ X 6″ which was perfect for the back side of our pantry with deeper shelves.
This multi-purpose bin measures 10″ x 7.5″ x 6.25″ and works well in the front section of our pantry with shallow shelves. It’s ideal for items like cans, jars, snack bags, packets and more!
This open-front bin measures 11.46″ x 8″ x 10″ and creates instant organization in tight spaces. It can have multiple uses from the pantry to the bathroom and ideal for fruit, vegetables, potatoes, onions, snack bags, pouches, packets and more.
A standout favorite for function here is the XL EcoWood Bin in natural. We use it for backstock on the floor of our pantry for any excess bags, jars, bottles, etc. It measures 15″ x 18″ x 8″h and is the perfect multi-use bin.
These cereal/pasta canisters might be my favorite items in the pantry! Clear canisters provide an opportunity to get some fun colors involved…fruit loops anyone?! We went with the natural look and did our favorite cereals, pasta and quinoa! The silicone gasket provides an air-tight seal to help preserve freshness.
-First thing’s first. Take out ALL items from the pantry.
-Go through each item’s expiration date and remove expired food.
-Begin to group food items together in specific bins, i.e. baking, snacks, kids, dinner, etc.
-Start brining bins into the pantry to see what placement makes the most sense in terms of sizing, aesthetic and function.
-Create backstock bin space on the floor for ease.
-For a fun pop of color (if you’re into that!), think about items you love that incorporate color. We used Spindrift sparkling water on the top shelf!
-Time to label! We used these pretty pantry labels from The Home Edit by iDesign. I think it adds a nice organized touch!