Sunday, February 17, 2013

55 Pantry Makeover

One of my GOALS for 2013 is to GET Organized...

My pantry in the laundry room was, as my dear friend Julie would say, a HOT MESS!


EEEK! I cringe when I look at it!

This is the area where I keep some stock piled items, like 8 o'clock coffee (as you can chuckle from the bottom shelf) that Todd and I love.

If you want to learn more about why I stock up to save money click here.

My plan today was to give this area a makeover!

I LOVE the brown baskets, but they don't fit neatly on the shelves and the contents are not easily known....

Target Time

I knew I wanted white so I headed to Target and lucked out when I found these!

$7.99 at Target
$9.99 at Target

I bought 4 small and 2 large.

I also bought a turntable that I thought I could put to use.

$9.99 at Target

 

Clean It Out 

 


I took all of that "Hot Mess" and put it on the counters in my kitchen.  I sorted it, back to the way I had intended in the first place.  (Not sure WHO messed it up! : ) since only Todd and I live here)

Sort and Organize


 I placed our tea and other drink mixers into one basket.

 The potatoes, onions and garlic will live in here.  (Is it okay to store them together? I always have...)

 Oatmeal, granola, and yes I put some skinny cow candy in here....breakfast of champions, right??

 My beloved stock pile of COFFEE!

All those extra condiments I stock up on when they are on sale and I have a coupon will live in this basket.
 I'm not allowed to have more then will fit in this basket! If you want to know how to maximize your savings at the grocery store you can read more here.


I placed a few extra hot sauces, teriyaki, and ketchup on the turntable since we go through these things more quickly (and some of them are glass)


LOVE IT!!! But it needs...

 

 

LABELS!!

Everything needs to be clearly marked so it can be easily found and PUT AWAY!

I LOVE the idea of the chalk board labels but didn't want the writing to come off...
Then I found these cuties on Pinterest!!!  To follow me on Pinterest click here.

click the picture to make your own!

 

Adding Labels = WONDERFULNESS!

Looking at the finished product makes me giddy! A few hours work, (mostly shopping) will make a big difference in our quest for a more ORGANIZED LIFE!!
  


 Don't the labels look like real CHALK WRITING??


 

Before and After

EEEKKK! Sharing my before is embarrassing....but the after makes up for it RIGHT??


Let me know what you think!!
Any suggestions??

What projects have you been working on?

Now...to decide what I will organize next....

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/ ( mm / dd )

Thanks for reading!
Sharon
xoxo

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55 comments:

  1. You've got to be pleased as punch with your reorganization project. Not only can you find things, but you made them so attractive! I love those labels.

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    1. Thanks Paula! As I was getting my lunch together for work this morning I smiled thinking how much better it looks and how it was easier to FIND things! I am in LOVE with the labels too! Plan on using them again!

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  2. I love anything organization so immediately was intrigued by your post! You did an awesome job! I love those labels!
    Selene @ restorationbeauty.com

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  3. Awww, thanks Selene! It has made me smile each time I went to get something out of the pantry this week. (I also knew where everything was!) Those labels are great! Deciding where to use them next!

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  4. I love those labels. They make your baskets look so finished and pretty! And great minds think alike because I use those same baskets in my pantry. http://www.dejongdreamhouse.com/2012/11/my-perfect-pantry-dream-home-edition.html

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    1. Thank you Jen! I love those baskets from Target! Thanks so much for stopping by!
      I'll have to swing over and check out your pantry!

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  5. OMG I think we are on the same wavelength! I bought these exact baskets, but I got some blue ones as well to use in my secret organization project :) I love those labels! such an easy way vs. my DIY ones! Visiting from I Heart Organizing Link Up!

    Christina
    http://lifewithlesdeux.blogspot.com

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    1. I actually LOVE your idea! I was going to use it in my pantry but knew that we would be taking the baskets out daily and end up erasing the chalk. That is why I went for the "faux" look instead. But on other areas I plan on using your DIY instructions! Glad you found me and now I found you!

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  6. Love your pantry makeover... just did mine too. Love the FAUX chalkboard! Much better than my real chalkboard ones that I have to redo all the time:)
    Krista @thehappyhousie.com

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    1. Thanks Krista! I LOVE those labels for the same reason, I end up wiping the chalk off! I'll hop over and see what you did!
      xoxo

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  7. WOW- what a great transformation!!!
    I only wish I had a pantry to create a mess in, in the first place lol
    I live in a 100 year old Victorian Flat - my kitchen is the size of some pantries!
    Visiting from Classy Clutter - and am your newest follower
    Would love a follow back when you have the chance :)
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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    1. Thanks Suzan! I LOVE old houses! I bet yours is amazing! I can't wait to hop over, follow you back, and see what you've been up to!
      xoxo

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  8. Looks incredible! I love organized pantries. -Tabitha

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    1. Thanks Tabitha! Makes me smile to know where everything is!!
      xoxo

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  9. Great transformation! Love the chalk board labels. :) I so need to do this to a couple of closets in my house. You have inspired me! :)

    Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats

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    1. Love that I have inspired you Krista! It is addictive, I want to continue with all the closets in my home as well!
      I LOVE the faux chalkboard labels since the chalk can't come off!!
      Thanks for reading!
      xoxo

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  10. I've heard you shouldn't store potatoes and onions together. Something about the "gases" they release causing the other to rot sooner. I'd look into it.

    http://www.thekitchn.com/tip-dont-store-22091

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    1. Thanks Michelle! Looks like I'll be making another basket so I can separate them! Thanks for the link to the article!
      xoxo

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  11. It looks great! I need to organize my pantry, It will be one of my spring cleaning things to do. Thanks for the inspiration. Please link this to my linky party. http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/03/sunday-linky-party-1.html

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    1. Thanks Rita! The labels are the BEST! So easy and cute!
      Good luck with your Spring Cleaning!
      xoxo

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  12. Love this! It looks SO much BETTER! Thanks for the inspiration!I'm off to shop for baskets!

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    1. Yea! That makes me so happy! Let me know how it turns out!
      xoxo

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  13. What a wonderful redo! And the addition of labels are so cute. Great job and thanks for sharing! Stopping by from I Heart Nap Time :)

    RamblingReed.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Andrea! I'm loving the labels as well...I've used them several places in my home!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      xoxo

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  14. The before shots are what make the after shots so spectacular! Love this!

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  15. This is a truly awesome post!! I can't say my pantry ever looked that amazing! Thanks for sharing @ Seasons of a Homemaker. Please share with friends so we can enjoy a big party!!
    Abbi

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    1. Thanks for reading Abbi! The MOST amazing part? It has STAYED neat and organized. When we put groceries away, thanks to the labels, we know right where to put things!
      xoxo

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  16. Really great ideas! Thank you for sharing.

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  17. It looks fantastic! I have never stored potatoes and onions together because when they are together they produce a gas that in turns leads to early spoilage.

    Popping in from Oh, Mrs. Tucker!

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    1. I have since separated the two, thanks to helpful comments like yours! The onions are upset that they can't rot my potatoes..but they are getting over it!!

      Thanks for Reading!!
      xoxo

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  18. Oh wow! You did a wonderful job with such a small space! I LOVE the labels! Pinned for later. Julia @ www.juliakendrick.com

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    1. Thank you for the pin Julia!

      I am obsessed with the labels...I have tried to use others but ALWAYS like these better!
      xoxo

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  19. Looks awesome!! Would love it if I could share this on our Operation Organization Linky Party!

    http://makeitcozee.blogspot.de/search?q=organization

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    1. Thanks Patty! I'd love to join! Thanks for the invite!
      xoxo

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  20. I have these same bins and I love them! It seems like I'm always finding excuses to buy more. I have been hesitant to put labels on them though because I thought they might lay weird on the weave texture.... but yours look so good!!?

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    1. The labels really work well on them Brittany! I was a nervous about that too. Feel free to label away!!

      I love to get more baskets but my Target didn't carry them for long!
      xoxo

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  21. Awesome transformation! What a difference it does make some organization, baskets, and labels!!! It looks so bright now! Thanks so much for sharing this at Bewitch Me & Titi! Hope to have you back next Sunday with more awesome shares!

    Hope you are having a lovely week

    Hugs
    Cami @ TitiCrafty by Camila

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    1. Thanks Camila! It is amazing what some baskets and labels can do!
      Thanks for hosting! I enjoy linking up with you!
      xoxo

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  22. Wonderful transformation!!! I love the white Target containers and you are right...the labels do look like real chalk...cute!
    My sister and I host a link party on Thursdays. I would love for you to stop by and link this or any other projects up at Think Tank Thursday.
    http://www.saving4six.com/2013/05/welcome-to-think-tank-thursday-31.html

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    1. Thank you Carrie! I hop over and take a look! Thanks for the invite!
      xoxo

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  23. This is a drastic transformation! Way to go!
    Not only is the space gorgeous now but it will definitely be functional for you and your family!
    Im impressed!
    Cheers! Allison @ http://slippersbyday.blogspot.ca

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    1. You are so sweet Allison! I appreciate you taking a look!!
      xoxo

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  24. That is awesome! I made over my pantry in January, but my friends are making me post pictures every month to prove that it still looks organized ;) Maybe I should go make some labels now...

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    1. At least they are holding you accountable! ha ha!
      Thanks for reading!
      xoxo

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  25. I love this! Doesn't it feel awesome to get everything organized? Way to go Sharon!

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    1. Thanks Trish! It does feel awesome and the BEST part is it has stayed neat and organized!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      xoxo

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  26. Wow! That looks really good. I need to get my cabniets under control. I'm stopping by from the Sunday link up & I'm a new follower through bloglovin & already through Twitter.

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    1. Thanks Leslie! After you do it...I promise the labels make it stay organized!
      Thanks for following!
      xoxo

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  27. WOWOW!!! what a difference.... the end result is incredible!!! You must feel so good everytime you open your pantry doors now :o) Love the baskets and labels. Emily @ Nap-Time Creations

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    1. Thank you Emily! It still does make me smile!
      Organization = Happiness : )
      Thanks for stopping by to take a look!
      xoxo

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  28. It looks fantastic! I love those baskets from Target. I have them in my laundry room...labeled as well! They are so fun. I was about to label our craft area today and those labels you used look perfect. I'm off to check them out. Thanks!
    Happy 4th!
    KC

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  29. What a difference! I love the brightness that the white baskets have brought into the space and also completely adore the chalkboard labels.

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    1. I LOVE those chalk board labels too. I have used them in several spaces!
      Thanks for taking a look!
      xoxo

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