Spring Cleaning: The Pantry!

I started small with my Spring Cleaning efforts, but had secret high hopes I’d actually continue organizing bit by bit, making this some sort of series.  And about a week ago and a half ago, I tackled the pantry!

Actually, *two* pantries.  They are side by side.  I’m so sorry if this bores you.  You’ve been warned.

Although outdated, one of Emily Griffith’s fancy calendars hangs on the door.  Awww.

Anyway, back to the reorg.  This thing was a mess.

I had crammed those pantries full when we first moved in and after living with it awhile, we realized it was NOT working for us.  The tupperware was driving us mad, the kitchen linens were stacked in a precariously leaning tower, the extra dishes (that we use often) were waaaaaay too high, there was a weird assortment of food/baking items on one shelf and lastly, every time we opened the damn thing, a water bottle would come flying out like an escaped bat.

You know the story.  I pulled *everything* out and wiped down the shelves.

(Isn’t my hair abhorrent??)

Then I snooped around our house to find *free* storage to fix my problems.  I found a plastic shoe box to corral the tupperware lids and an old basket to house the linens.  It’s not perfect but it was FREE.

Now the dishes are much easier to grab and put away, the not-as-often-used items are on the top shelf (admittedly the waffle maker is used too often so I’m hoping the high shelf will act as some sort of deterrent) and I decided to put the food stuff in the other pantry.  Speaking of the other pantry…

For those of you wondering, the bottom laundry basket houses all of Hubs coffee roasted supplies.  This pantry may not be the worst but it was slyly out of control.  The napkins were tucked way too deep in the corners, the wire bin with our canned goods never made sense and our tea bin was chaos.

Random: both wire bins I found dumpster diving last August – see?

Like before, I pulled everything out and wiped down the shelves.  How do those things get so gross so fast?

I organized our tea bin and stacked the overflow on the side.  Normally we don’t have this much, but it was recently on sale, so Hubs stocked us up!

I used the other wire rack for small baking supplies, so I can just grab the whole thing out when I get the yearning for baked goods (which, btw, is continuously).

Our alphabetized spice rack.  *drool*

Certainly I wish I could buy all new jars – the cute ones from Ikea – so they’d all be uniform – but remember, this mission was intended to be free.  Pretty-fying it will have to come another time, maybe when I have a house again someday?  I am in love with all of the beautiful painted and wallpapered pantries on Pinterest!  One day.  Maybe.

Picture courtesy of House of Smiths.

Weird coincidence.  Sherry, over at Young House Love (one of my favorite blogs) declared a Spring Cleaning boot camp this week and she’s tackling an organizing project PER DAY. That encouraged me to at least get this post up (since I did this almost two weeks ago) and hopefully be inspired by her awesomeness to keep on keepin’ on with my spring cleaning efforts.

Here’s my big scary list:

  • our outside storage closet
  • clothes storage – also, swap out winter for summer wear
  • Old CDs that I need to rip the music off & put in one place
  • digital photos (TERRIFYING AMOUNT OF WORK)
  • digital files (gah!)
  • actual photos that I’d like to scan in as digital files (could take decades)
  • craft bin (again!) because I have stuff everywhere
  • our car! *shudder*
  • file paperwork (the worst, even worse than yeast infections)
  • laundry area
  • under the sink drama in both bathrooms
  • the office.
  • my god, there’s so much more.  I’m tired already.

Anyone else caught the Spring Cleaning Bug?  Or did you fall into the Pinterest rabbit hole, never to be seen or heard from again?

Spring Cleaning: The purse

This sunny spring weather has given me the urge to throw open the windows and CLEAN stuff.  Mind you, it’s only an urge.  But why not document what little I have accomplished on the internet for all of you even so?

I started off my Spring Cleaning with a purse purge (and later on, a swap).

I dumped out all of the contents which I sorted/filed/trashed, as well as organized the contents of my wallet and coupon book. Then I stuffed it all into my $13 Target score from a few years back.

The whole process took approximately 45 seconds, 10 of which I spent smearing on my newly found MAC Viva Glam VI lipstick that I splurged on last summer while Hubs was away at a conference.

Have you had the urge to think about spring cleaning like me, but not do much of anything except eat left over Easter candy?