My first tackle was my kitchen cabinets. I like to have a place for everything and everything in its place...I think it helps when you're cooking and when you have to make your grocery list.
Here's what they looked like:
Yup, that's it...we don't have a lot of cabinets in our house...it's a smaller house (one that I LOVE!). But for me things were out of order and there was stuff tossed everywhere.
We also have a made up pantry on the door going down to our basement. Oh how I would love to have a real pantry. This holds cans, jars, pasta and overflow items...as you can see we're a little low.
I started with my spices. I like to have them divided, spices on one side and baking spices on the other. I pulled everything out first and checked to see if things were expired (like those two containers of baking powder). I also found this:
Why do I forget every Thanksgiving that I already have sage?
I put the less-frequently used spices in the back...I love those Blazin' Blends but that's for the summer when we have burgers and steak on the grill. We use Old Bay when we're in Florida...which is where I got that huge container of salt (we didn't pack salt...we will this year).
Then of course I had to have my most favorite spices in the front...who can live without these:
My plan is to buy a container to hold these in instead of a ziplock. But you never know when that Taco Bell sauce will come in handy!And the other side:
Here's one side of the spice shelf:
These are the two shelves above the spice shelf. They basically hold baking items. You would think we bake a lot and we don't.
Here's the kids cabinet as I like to think of it. It holds things that the kids need for lunch, snack and breakfast (we're out of oatmeal I discovered). I keep the bread there too because when it was on top of the toaster oven the bag kept getting melted...wonder how that happened??? Oh and note to self...only buy JIF.
That's it! I don't have an after of the "pantry" because it pretty much looks the same. Now I can see where things are better and tell what we are running low on or are out of...like oatmeal.