The disarray of our kitchen pantry has been driving me insane for a few months, but it never bothered me to the point that I would actually do anything about it until this weekend. The organizing bug just bit me I guess because after church I told Darren we needed to go to the store so I could get supplies. "Supplies" are baskets, bins, etc. I hit the Dollar Tree first hoping that they would have some plastic bins that I liked. Thank goodness I decided to stop there first because I hit the jackpot! They had loads of just the type of things I was looking for and in every color you can imagine. I spent a whopping $14.00 and was able to get everything I needed for my pantry overhaul.
As an obsessive organizer, I'm almost ashamed to show you the "before" shot. Please don't judge me! Here is the horrendous mess that my pantry was this morning...
I know! It's dreadful, isn't it?! That's why it needed to be organized. I really can't believe I let it get that bad. Thank goodness there is an "after" picture to that. Much better, don't you think?
The best thing about organizing is the purging. I hate clutter so I was almost glad when I found something expired that I could toss. Weird, I know! I love how much more space I have now. All of the red containers are from Dollar Tree. I used a FREE editable / printable chalkboard label (get it HERE) to label what is in each bin. The labels will help me keep things organized going forward since everything has it's specified place. Although I had so much fun doing this I might let it get out of control again one day... I'm totally joking. ;)