I am not a naturally organized person. Clutter follows me pretty much wherever I go, including my kitchen. My pantry was in dire condition, so I decided to use my Saturday morning to bring it in line.
I cook a lot at home, so I have an assortment of ingredients on hand most of the time. While this is great for creating recipes, keeping all my ingredients in a hodge podge meant I spent as much time looking for stuff as I did cooking it. Behold, the nightmare that was my pantry:
Over the years, I’ve collected a good number of containers, usually with the very best intentions of using them properly, so I already had most of what I needed to get organized, except the motivation. So I signed up to write a post about it, like one does. I started by pulling everything out and organizing it into piles. Anything that could go into a container, I piled on the island. I did a quick inventory of what ingredients I wanted in which canister, and made a list to use to create my labels.
I decided to make the project a little more creative, and thusly a little more fun, by making some cute labels. I had the best intentions of using perfectly adorable lettering, but I’m not actually any good at creating perfectly adorable lettering.
Next, I wiped down all the containers, then filled and labeled them. I packed most of my cookie decorating supplies in a plastic CD organizer box, and put a hook on the wall for the potato bag to get it out of the way.
After that was the fun part, loading everything back with a purpose. I put like things together, and made sure there was enough room between rows to see all the labels, so it will be easy to put my hands on things when I need them.
The labels look great, I used a silver paint pen, so the lettering kind of sparkles in the dim light of the pantry. Also, before you think I have a cereal problem, Post cereals were on sale 5 for $10 yesterday, and bitches love bargains. Also, Alpha Bits.
All told, I spent $5 on label stickers, and about four hours. Now I’m going to cook something, since I can find the damn olive oil.