Welcome to my pantry! Recently I posted on my new bucket find and Kayla from Fit Life Forward asked to see my whole pantry. After a brief gasp as I looked into it, I decided why not?! It was actually a great excuse to get a couple more buckets. 🙂
There was quite a pantry transformation when we began our healthful eating change. And even from that first week until now, there have been more good changes. So if you’re new to this or looking to make some changes, give yourself credit for the little changes toward eating healthy. You’ll look back and see how far all the baby steps have brought you.
I thought I took a picture of my pantry chaos from my initial de-junking, but apparently I didn’t. Let’s just say every flat surface in my kitchen was covered. Hopefully today you’ll get an inkling of desire to do the same. The mess always gets worse before it gets better!
Each of my shelves has assigned categories.
Top: random extras (baking soda, salt, bread crumbs, empty storage containers, etc), pasta, baskets with brown sugar and chocolate chips (sometimes foods), candles, etc.
1 Shelf down: bulk food shelf. I have containers, labeled with my handy sharpie, that I store my wheat germ, flax meal, quinoa, chia seeds, etc. Plastic tubs or recycled glass containers work well for this.
2 Shelves down: Can, bread, and liquid shelf. I like to keep some canned beans on hand, even though I have dried beans. I also buy spaghetti sauce, diced tomatoes, pumpkin, coconut milk, pineapple, corn, and hominy. This shelf is home to the bread as well. It just fits good. And on the opposite side are the vinegars, oils, honey, and syrup.
3 Shelves down: The snack shelf. This is home to nuts, seeds, dry fruit, and bowl of onions. Onions, yes, they just fit well there. Any other random snacks that might make it in, like these multigrain chips, will go on this shelf.
4 Shelves down: Breakfast food, tall container, gourd, and potato shelf. Wow. That sounds random, but it works. I like having the cereal reachable. My kids can come down, pour themselves one bowl with milk, eat it, and start their own activity without me. Yea for independence! (Note the child door lock to prevent the 2-year-old from doing the same). For cereals I choose low sugar and often gluten free, not that I am trying to avoid gluten, it just happens sometimes: Rice Crispies, Crispix, Kix, Cheerios, Corn Flakes, Multigrain Cheerios, Chex, or my homemade granola.
Bottom: The buckets and recycling container. Plus the broom and wet jet swiffer sweeper (my favorite mop). I love the buckets that I found. It’s nice that they are easier to move around than the larger ones and extra nice that these can be double stacked = twice as many types of things I can store. (The one taller bucket that remains is my wheat. I use this wheat grinder that actually stays on my counter top).
I’m sure my pantry will continue to evolve. One of the key things I always say to myself is “out of sight, out of mind.” And that includes out of pantry and house. If you have junk and even if you put it “away,” you still know where it is. At 11pm, it will resurface. I know. It’s way better to keep the pantry to essentials and grab the carrots and hummus at midnight instead. Good luck and let me know how your pantry organizing goes!