Welcome back to our 14 week organizing challenge. Last week was a huge success and many of you shared your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #2016abfolchallenge. You are doing an amazing job, so keep up the good work. I am completely inspired!
WEEK 2: THE PANTRY
With the first week checked off our list, it’s time to finish off the kitchen and clean out the pantry. If you are new, look over the challenge details then begin working at your own pace. For encouragement, join our Home Organization 101 Facebook community and share your progress or struggles. Or simply look through the photos and read how others are doing. Don’t forget to print out the complete 14 week schedule and checklists below.
THE COMPLETE BOOK OF HOME ORGANIZATION
For the perfect companion guide to our challenge, purchase The Complete Book to Home Organization. It includes all 14 weekly challenges as well as tons of pictures and tips that will help you organize your spaces each week. No need to log onto the computer for inspiration, this manual has it all!
Below are some updated photos of my pantry. This past fall, we yanked out the ugly wire shelving and cheap hollow doors. We replaced them with wooden shelving (which we installed ourselves) and more stylish looking french doors. Installing the french doors has given me the push I needed to keep the pantry neat and orderly. Each week after I return from the grocery store, I spend a couple of minutes tidying up the space. Also, it has helped me to eliminate wasteful food and indulgent grocery shopping. I try to stick with a list and only buy what we need for the week. It’s been a nice change from the overstuffed shelves full of food.
Mason jars are a great way to organize pantry staples.
These bulk food containers (a.k.a. cookie jars) are from World Market. They have a lovely vintage look to them.
We keep prepackaged snacks and bulk crackers in these baskets. It’s easy to grab and go.
We keep canned foods and large boxes/bags in vintage wooden food crates on the floor.
With the elimination of packaged boxes and bags, there is a lot more usable space to play with in the pantry. Anything that comes in a box usually gets removed when I return from grocery shopping. Oatmeal packets and granola bars go in our snack basket, baking staples go into jars and cereal bags get pulled out of their boxes and placed in a large wire basket. If you are lacking pantry space, this is a great way to gain more room.
- PLAN – Before starting, make sure you have a good supply of boxes, bins & food containers. You will need them. If you do not have any, simply organize your pantry into “categories”.
- SET UP – If you are using them, line up your empty bins, baskets & containers onto the kitchen table. If you don’t have any, you can still separate your food into ‘categories’ on the table.
- PURGE & ORGANIZE – Take everything out of your pantry. Check the expiration date and throw out expired or no longer used items. Place “like” items in the baskets on the table. Organizing your food into categories (bins) will help keep your pantry looking nice and neat. (Categories to consider: School, Breakfast, Pasta, Baking, Sauce, Bread, Snacks, Sides, etc.) You can also empty bags & boxes into OXO containers or mason jars for a more uniform look. If the unused food isn’t expired, you can donate it to a local food pantry.
- CLEAN – Once you are finished organizing everything into categories, you can wipe out your pantry, then sweep & mop the floor. You want it all nice & clean before you put everything away.
- PUT AWAY – Place all of your neatly organized bins, boxes, and containers back into your pantry
- LABEL – Label each bin & container with a labeler or hang a tag on the baskets.
Here are several blog posts that will inspire you to get your pantry organized.
- Pantry Organization 2014
- Pantry Organization 2012
- An Organized Baking Pantry
- Menu Planning Door
- Snack Organization
2016 HOME ORGANIZATION 101 SCHEDULE
- Week 1 (1/9/16) – Kitchen
- Week 2 (1/16/16) – Pantry
- Week 3 (1/23/16) – Dining Room
- Week 4 (1/30/16) – Launch Pad
- Week 5 (2/6/16) – Living Room
- Week 6 (2/13/16) – Master Bedroom
- Week 7 (2/20/16) – Master Closet
- Week 8 (2/27/16) – Kids Closets
- Week 9 (3/5/16) – Linen Closet
- Week 10 (3/12/16) Bathrooms
- Week 11 (3/19/16) – Office
- Week 12 (3/26/16) – Playroom/Toys
- Week 13 (4/2/16) – Laundry Room
- Week 14 (4/9/16) – Garage
- Week 15 (4/16/16) – Car (Bonus Week)
Take the next seven days to clean your pantry from top to bottom. Share your progress on Instagram using the hash tag #2016abfolchallenge, blog about the weekly challenges, and share your before and after pictures over at my Home Organization 101 group here. Hold yourself accountable and finish all 14 challenges! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish. Good luck. I’ll see you back next week for the week 3 challenge. Happy Organizing!
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