Monday, January 7, 2013

My Pantry Makeover

Have you entered the LeanMoms giveaway yet?
This project has been almost a year in the making. At the beginning of 2012 I completely changed our family's diet. We replaced fruit snacks and Pop-Tarts with raisins and cranberries, totally shaking our little girl's world for awhile there. When we changed our diet our old pantry had to go. We weren't eating anything in there any more and it wasn't suiting our needs as a family. 

I am almost embarrassed to show you the before picture. Not only is it full of unhealthy foods, it is so messy.  I even spy an entire container of Valentine's candy in there. I had a vision in my head of what I wanted the pantry to look like, so I started buying jars. I bought all of my glass jars from Walmart for between $3-$5 a piece. Just when I had acquired all the jars I needed for my pantry, we moved. So the afters look slightly different.  
 and after!
 On my top shelf  I have a small apothecary jar with sugar and then three large glass cracker jars with whole wheat four, powdered sugar and brown sugar in them. My flour is in the large apothecary jar on the bottom shelf, because it is the only place it fits. I also have a small cracker jar full of my Cream of Whatever substitute and a small jar full of homemade Italian dressing mix. I use a half crate to hold my cake and muffin mixes. (I learned early on separating my family from their love of cake and muffin mixes was NEVER going to happen.)
On my second shelf, I use an apple crate to hold all of my pasta. I use tall plastic containers for my rice. We apparently like our rice in this house. We use white and brown rice, as well as Nishiki rice for sushi. I also keep cornmeal and two kinds of couscous on this shelf.
My third shelf has our snack jar with raisins, wheat thins and other easy to grab snacks. We have a half crate of popcorn and then two photo storage boxes. One is full of sauces, such as enchilada, I am slowly finding substitutes for all of these sauces and the last box is full of Crystal Light and lemonade.

I keep canned goods on our bottom shelf. Each canned item as its own vertical column. Starting with mandarin oranges by the flour and then working through the vegetables. We use some of these cans in our meals and some are emergency storage. My floor shelf is almost entirely emergency storage with large containers of flour, sugar and bread flour.

My husband's only complaint with my pantry was that he couldn't tell the difference between all the flour and powdered sugar, so we added labels made from this chalkboard contact paper. My friend Lu, cut them out for me as a Christmas gift and I added the to all of my containers. Make sure to prime them with a piece of chalk before writing on them. I used a chalkboard marker to label everything, to get crisper lines.

I love my pantry. My husband calls it the Pinterest food room. He thinks I am trying to make our house look like a Pinterest board. He may be partly right....

14 comments:

affectioknit said...

That is totally AWESOME!

~Have a lovely day!

affectioknit said...

That is totally AWESOME!

~Have a lovely day!

Leanne said...

Sweet pantry girl! I love the containers and labels. Good Luck in the link party. Voting starts Friday at 6am.

Cindy said...

Your pantry looks great. I love the different containers you used and the chalk board labels. I am going to have to adopt some of your ideas for my pantry.

Entirely Eventful said...

Agh! I need to do this!

Lorene (just Lu) said...

I adore this. If your pantry ever goes missing, check my house first ;)

PS -- Glad you found a place to use the half crates :)

Felicia E. said...

And whats wrong with looking like a Pinterest board? lol

I love your pantry, all the pretty jars lined up. And that apple basket has me drooling.

EA Bussey said...

Nice job. Love the look of the glass container system.

RobbieKay said...

I love the apple crate. I have as much of our pasta as possible in large glass containers and the remaining stock containerized in a plastic bucket I had in my container stash, but it's really not big enough to hold everything comfortably.

marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said...

that looks so good! I think the labels make it look even better

Dave & Lavenia Gillespie said...

Love it! Tell your hubby there is nothing wrong with turning your life into a Pintrest board if it makes your wife and her friends/followers happy (or in my case jealous/inspired).

Sara said...

I love this, I can't wait to transform my own pantry.
Such bright ideas, thank you.

Jodi Pope said...

Hi! I just came across this. Love your jars with the labels. I am starting to buy new jars for my makeover. I currently have the screw on lids like the ones you have brown sugar in, but after awhile they lids become hard to get on and off. I picked up 2 of the large apothecary jars, but didn't realize they didn't have rubber circles around the top. Does your flour and sugar stay fresh? Any insect problems? Thanks! Can't wait to redo my kitchen.

Debra Hawkins said...

Jodi, the lids might have a hard time coming on and off because the tracks have gotten gummy. Try cleaning them out with a magic eraser and see if that helps and I have absolutely no problems with bugs and the bigger jars. I have lived in both a really humid place and a dry place with these jars and they have worked great!

 
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