Cleaning House

Pantry Overhaul

April 16, 2013

Have you ever reached a disorganized breaking point?

Normally mine seem to coincide with pregnancy or the onset of a bad mood. Don’t ask me why I purge and clean when I’m grouchy. Therapeutic, I suppose.

The point being, I just couldn’t handle the dysfunctional mess of a closet we called our pantry.

I wanted only the necessities… the stuff we actually used and nothing more! Not to mention, I wanted it pretty with everything in a designated place.

The end result provides an easy assessment of what needs restocking while keeping our impulse buys in check!

Confession: the pantry overhaul happened this past fall; however the pictures were taken last week. Moral of the confession? The pantry has looked this clean for almost 6 months! It’s proof that when everything has a place; there’s no room for laziness.

Mason jars with twistable lids makes for easy storage of little treats. Take instructions from bulk items (such as rice or mixes) and place on the bottom side of lids. Chalkboard labels clearly identify similar containers and/or similar looking contents.



  • Reply Jenedy April 16, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Been dying to do this at my place. If only painting didn’t trump all my free time. :( Guess I’ll have to figure out how to do it with my disorganizing specialists! Thanks for the tips!

  • Reply courtstar @ star systemz April 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Love this and I literally opened my pantry and was like wow I need some organization especially since I found three bottles of cinnamon,,, have an amazing week. Love + Shine Courtstar

  • Reply KatieRose April 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Wow… your pantry is amazingly organized. Boxes, bins and baskets look like they would really help keep things organized and oh so pretty! I am going to make some purchases and reorganize. Thanks!

  • Reply Courtney April 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Awesome post! Cleaning is also my go-to when I’m a grouch. Question, where on Earth did you find those amazing blue jars!? Also, (fat girl in me now) WHERE do you get your letter cookies?!!! My mom and I LOVE those and we cannot find them anywhere, last time we did was almost 3 years ago. Which just goes to show how obsessed I am with these cookies…

    • Reply missy April 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you so much, Courtney! Blue jars are from World Market and the ABC cookies are from Trader Joe’s!

    • Reply Jill April 16, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      Courtney, I’ve also seen alphabet cookies kind of like this at IKEA.

  • Reply Ashley April 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Your pantry looks amazing!! I am a pretty organized person but this is something I totally have to do! I love the chalk board..

    Sincerely Miss Ash

  • Reply Julie April 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Love this post! I have organizational spurts all the time and it does help when you’re in a bad mood! Bravo on the pantry!

  • Reply Brianne Tallant April 16, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    LOVE this! Where did you ge the storage boxes? The ones numbered 1,2, and 3? LOVE them… Cant wait to get to organizing!

  • Reply jaclyn @ April 16, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    ooh you’re so lucky to have a pantry!! we don’t have one :( and were saving all our pennies to buy a house that has a big kitchen.. pantry and all

  • Reply Petra April 16, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I stumbled by chance on this great blog.
    It is wonderful ♥ ♥
    So many great photos, whether food, drink and beauty

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  • Reply Megan April 16, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    A-MA-ZING!!!! Absolutely love it! Organizing is a good de-stressor!

  • Reply Melissa April 16, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    I totally know how you feel! I am 8 months pregnant and constantly feel the need to re-organize and get rid of things we just don’t need. It can sometimes drive my hubby crazy; especially when the feeling hits at 8:00 at night, but it is so therapeutic!

  • Reply Kayla April 17, 2013 at 3:54 am

    If you saw my pantry you would faint. I probably grumble, huffle and sigh EVERY time I open the door. I live in a tiny apartment with a very small and very deep pantry that was unpacked by helpful moving fairies. I’ve never bothered to re-do it. My QUESTION is… how do you organize your spices? I do not have counter space to have a spice rack, and they are so hard to see/get to in the tiny pantry. Thanks!

  • Reply Lilly April 17, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    what a helpful post..
    will u be posting a closet purging or a makeup purging post?hint hint:)
    Back to your jose eber post.. oh where oh wear is that cap sleeve t from?can u post a link for your cap sleeve t?
    Live Laugh Love~

  • Reply Kelly Horton April 17, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Totally inspired. I am going to organize my own pantry now!!! Thanks for the valuable tips! I have tons of cute storage bins/containers that don’t have a proper place… I bet I can put them to good use in my pantry!

  • Reply Lauren April 18, 2013 at 1:45 am

    I literally was looking at my pantry last weekend completely annoyed by how unorganized it was. I went to the container store to start this project but got overwhelmed on which one to buy for what. Where did you buy yours and where did you find those boxes? Love it!

    • Reply missy April 18, 2013 at 1:47 am

      The Container Store is awesome, huh? The boxes are from World Market along with a lot of the other jars and chalkboard labels :) Good luck on your project! Email me an after pic… I’d love to see it!

  • Reply Lauren April 18, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Is the carrot container from world market as well? Store or online? I will definitely send you a pic!

    • Reply missy April 18, 2013 at 4:07 am

      sure is! so is the tomato one (holds our candy)… both are technically “compost” bins. haha!

  • Reply Ashley April 19, 2013 at 12:16 am

    love the pantry and the chalkboard idea! May i make a suggestion….? Have you thought about switching your second and third shelf? Putting cereals and healthy snacks on a lower shelf can encourage kiddos to be independent…

  • Reply Brittany @ kitchen::candid April 22, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Oh I can’t wait until I have a pantry again. For now I’m dealing with storing our goods in cabinets and on the counter. I love your cute containers!! And I always clean when I’m in a funk!

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