After 3 years in my home, I think I finally have a pantry solution that is going to work for me and my family. When I first moved into this home and at the beginning of my YouTube channel, I did a complete pantry organization video. It is my most popular video on my channel too. But, here is the thing… I thought I was doing everything right, but I was actually doing it all wrong. It looked clean and organized for probably a month before it slowly started falling apart.
This time around, I decided to approach the project completely different. Instead of winging it, I actually took time to develop a plan. I put the plan on paper and took my time this time around.
I think this pantry organization will be successful because of two things:
1 – Planning
Before I took one thing out of my pantry, I walked in there with a notepad and a pen. I wrote down every category of food that I had in the pantry and drew up a plan. I had a piece of paper for each shelf in my pantry. On each piece of paper, I labeled what category of items I wanted to place on those shelves.
Therefore, when I removed everything from the pantry, I knew exactly where everything was going at the end.
2 – Labeling
When I completed this project in 2015, I did zero labeling. I may have placed things in separate containers, but I had no idea what items were in that container. And, with some categories of items, I didn’t even place them in a container. I just bunched them together on part of a shelf.
I did it all wrong.
This time around, everything went in a container. And, I labeled the outside of the container. So, when I walk into my pantry now, I know exactly where the chips go. I know exactly where the breakfast food goes. And, the same goes for everything else.
Labeling was a huge factor in this project!
So, if you are thinking about tackling your pantry, I highly recommend having a plan and labeling. Now, when I walk into my pantry, I know exactly where everything goes.
Now, you might be wondering how much I spent on this project.
At the beginning, I really didn’t think I would be able to complete the project for under $100. But, I just couldn’t spend that much on my pantry. I was attempting to complete the project for the least amount of money.
And, I made it happen.
At the end, I spent $38.00.
- Can organizer – $22.00
- Dollar Tree white buckets (5) – $5.00
- Foam Board – $2.00
- Dog Food Buckets – $11.00
I hope you check out my video and subscribe to my channel. 🙂
- SimpleHousewares Can Organizer
- Do It On a Dime’s Ultimate Dollar Tree Pantry Organization video
- Do It On a Dime’s Spice Organization video
- Lazy Susans
- Smart Store Adhesive Labels Pkg/12