Cleaning/Reorganizing my Pantry Shelves: Reuse and Recycle!
My pantry was in major need of some love. It has been very low on my priority list this year due to my health. Now that I'm getting on the other side of all that I wanted to get it in order again.
I'm a, simple is best, be frugal type of person when it comes to projects like this. When I'm ready to organize things my first thought is NOT running to Walmart or the Dollar Store to purchase containers and organizing items. I'm not saying this a bad thing, it's simply not my thing.
When I do want to organize an area the first thing I ask myself is, what do I have in my hand? Meaning, what items do I already have that will work and give me the desired end result.
I will say that I often save containers if I think they have a future use for organizing.
One that I love is the plastic container that my hubby's Pub Mix comes in.
These are nice and big and work perfect for storing bulk items..
I have brown rice, oats, pasta and misc items (granola bars and a couple other loose items that I didn't want laying around on the shelves)..
Another container I save is the one we purchase mixed nuts in (from Costco)...
It's about half the size of the other container and sits on the shelf quite nicely...
I have the mixed nuts in the first one :), garbonzo beans and small white beans in the other others.
I recently, this year, started buying coffee in 3lb cans. I have kept a few of these, not sure how I might use them and don't want to end up with a basement full of them! :). For this project I had a great use for them. I had half (or maybe less) of a large box of Swiss Miss coco packets. I wanted to get the box off the shelf because it was big and taking up unnecessary space. I put the coco packets in the coffee can. And to make sure I didn't forget what was in there I labeled it. To label it all I did was cut the Swiss Miss logo off of the box before throwing it away and taped (with clear packaging tape) the label onto the coffee can.
Now if I'd had more time I would have first painted the can or covered it with contact paper to make it look nice on the shelf. I may still do that, but for this day my main goal was not be distracted by projects like that and just get the main project completed.
Next in line for favorite reuseable containers are canning jars!! I have tons of canning jars. My two sizes that I prefer are 1 quart and 2 quart jars..
In the 1 quart jars I have red lentils, brown lentils and some more white beans behind them are 3 more jars with chia seeds, pinto beans and sesame seeds. In the 2 quart jars I have steel cut oats, split peas and red beans.
On another shelf I have brown rice pasta and tortellini pasta in them. And of course you saw my canning jar full of marshmallows next to the coco mix.
Now that you've seen the containers I used I'll show a few before and after pictures of the whole project..
And beware!! I told you it was a mess, and it was a big mess on this day!!
And the fun part is the AFTER Pics! ....
I hope this post encourages you if you need to do any organizing and lets you think about what you might already have in your home to work with.