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Oh, let me count the things that have slid by the wayside in the year since I have become a mother: regular pedicures, stylish hairdos, sleep, mopping the floor, exercising, oh, and keeping the house organized, in particular the kitchen. It's almost impossible to find time to make nutritious dinners for the three of us, let alone devote time later to cleaning up my mess. When I do have that rare free second all I want to do is relax.
Lately though it's gotten to the point where I can no longer deny that something MUST be done. One area that's really taken a hit is our pantry. It was once a really neat, walk-in pantry. It is now a disaster. Take a look for yourself.
The shelves are overloaded and things are piled haphazardly. At this point I don't even know what all is in there.
Just look at the mess that is the tupperware.
Well, this weekend I finally took the time and REORGANIZED.
It wasn't easy at first, rather a bit like walking into a minefield. I got hit in the head with no less than two plastic cups, a bag of sugar and a box of tacos. Seriously.
But in the end, taking the time to do this was really worth it. Not only is the pantry a lot more accessible, but I made some great discoveries. Here are a few notes I took:
Things I Should Make Because I Have Ingredients For Them
- Peanut Butter Brownies
- Extra-Chocolate Brownies
- A LOT of Risotto
- Finally Tackle Quinoa
And here are a few more random notes I jotted down:
- Way too many vases
- Way too many graham crackers -- need to have a s'mores party or make A LOT of cheesecakes
- Way too much tea -- I don't even drink tea!
- Way too many plastic knives
- Ooh, chocolate that I hid from Greg and then forgot about!
I also did some really great organization.
For instance, all of that random tupperware? After matching up lids and restacking everything, I took a few of the least-used pieces and repurposed them to clean up other areas of the pantry. For instance, I created a box in the baking section just for nuts.
And another just for energy bars. Brilliant, right?
And here are just a few more pictures of the pantry that is a disaster-no-more!
Overall, I think I did a pretty good job. Check out the BlogHer roundup page for more kitchen organization stories!
Also, I'd really like some tips on how to keep it organized and maybe even how to do a better job next time around. Help me out Internet! Tell me how do you organize your kitchen?