Welcome to my first GOLD Spotlight feature. I was super excited when Sara from The Domestic Goddess emailed me with a submission. I quickly opened the link and checked out her blog. Her pantry organization immediately caught my eye and I really wanted to share it with y’all.
I asked Sara a series of questions about her pantry project and I will share her responses with you guys as well.
So, without further ado, here is a look at Sara’s pantry project…
1. What was your goal for this project?
My goal for this pantry organization project was to create a system in my pantry that allowed my family and myself to easily access items needed to prepare meals and snacks while keeping the space organized and tidy. I wanted to use organizing products that were appealing to the eye but not overly costly. I truly believe that organizing your home can be done in style without spending a lot of money.
2. Did you face any challenges during the process?
The biggest challenge about this project was the pantry itself. It is very narrow, only 16 inches wide and very deep. If I had a choice I would rather have a very wide and shallow pantry instead but often times with organizing you have to make what you have work for you. I used the elevated wire shelf to double my vertical space for canned goods and I store less frequently accessed items like extra boxes of pasta, rice, baking products, extra dog food etc. behind the items in the front of the pantry. There are definitely ways to create systems for any size pantry, it takes a bit of creativity and reworking systems to find what works best for you.
3. Did the final results meet your expectations?
I was really pleased with the finished project! My goal was to not spend a lot of money while creating an effective and visually appealing organizing system. We have had this system in place for about a month now and we have maintained the order and flow of the space very easily.
4. What is your favorite part of the outcome?
I think my favorite part of the outcome are the labeled canisters that contain grains, pasta, nuts etc. I used the airtight canisters from the Better Homes and Garden line from Walmart and labels from Michael’s. I used my Brother’s P-touch label maker to label each canister. This system allows me to get rid of the boxes and bags that grains, pastas, nuts etc are stored in when you purchase them and store the contents in these cute canisters that look classic and streamlined.
5. Any advice you would like to give other people who are wanting to get more organized?
Start small!! When you decide to organize your home start with a project that is small such as a junk drawer. If you try to dive in and conquer an entire room you will be sure to end up overwhelmed. Take time to plan out what you envision for the space you want organized. Planning is a very important part of organizing successfully. Come up with a budget for the project and stay within that budget. Organizing doesn’t have to be overwhelming or expensive. When I do organizing projects I mainly use items from my home, The Dollar Tree, Walmart, Michael’s, Ikea and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Many of these stores have great coupons! Most importantly, have fun!! Organizing should be both enjoyable and rewarding!
Do you have a project that you want to share with us? It doesn’t matter how big or small, I would love to see it. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “The GOLD Spotlight Submission.” I want to make sure the email sticks out and that is why I want the subject line to be specific.
In the email, include:
- a short description of your project
- a few high resolution photos
Check out all the other details on The GOLD Spotlight page.
I am still looking to fill June’s spot.
I can’t wait to hear from you!