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Happy 2019! One of the most popular new year's resolutions is getting organized and I fully commit to this resolution... every.single.year. This year, though, I am determined to make it happen. My new strategy is simple. Set myself up for success by tackling one area of my house at a time. First project? The dark abyss that is my pantry. I am determined to create a Insta-worthy masterpiece. Who's with me?
Remove everything from pantry and take inventory. Check expiration dates, toss anything that will sabotage my new eating plan (another annual resolution that partners nicely with my pantry project) and clean the abyss from top to bottom. My new favorite "green" multi-surface everyday cleaner is Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Basil Scent. Not only does it actually do the job without harsh chemicals, but the essential oils provide an aromatherapeutic experience while you clean! It's the little things in life.
Next, all the items that are deemed worthy for inclusion in my pantry palace will be grouped together. I found these glass containers at The Container Store that will house pasta, rice, flour, sugar, cereal, etc. Using matching containers will provide consistency ensuring that the organization dream remains a reality throughout the year. Say goodbye to oddly shaped boxes and bags forever.
Bins, bins, bins! Don't ever under estimate the power of a good plastic bin. My son's snacks will be organized next to my husband's power bars. Win, win. How about a bin for canned goods, baking supplies, coffee and tea, miscellaneous items. The organizational possibilities are endless.
Labeling the containers and bins will help everyone stay on track. I've been eyeing a Silhouette machine to create fancy labels, but for now I'll use my label maker or these really cute reusable chalkboard labels.
Finishing touch....let's add some style to this black hole. Wallpaper the abyss? Yes! I recently found this site with so many options for peel and stick removable wallpaper. I may choose a simple geometric print that will provide the perfect backdrop to the inside of the pantry. This re-positionable wallpaper doesn’t leave residue on your walls and is ideal for DIY room makeovers without the mess and headaches of traditional wallpaper.
Enough planning.... time to get busy. Comment below with your tips and tricks for organizing the pantry and keeping it that way. I need all the help I can get. Photos to follow.... or hopefully my pantry project will make it to Instagram someday soon :)