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.
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....