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I feel fortunate to have a pantry in my kitchen to store food, especially since my last house did not have one. It is not large, but big enough to store food and baking items. However, I can't ever decide how exactly to organize it and what to put where. Therefore, I'm constantly moving things around in there! Here are a few tips on how I organize my food "space!"

Here's a picture of the pantry before organizing

I haven't gone through the food in awhile and don't really know where anything is!

Pantry    before










Umm, chips everywhere and potatoes on top of containers...

bottom shelf






and no real organization here either...

pantry top







So I started with the top shelf and began taking everything out.

pantry clean on top






I put boxes of food items and the coffee on the third shelf.  I don't need these items as often and they fit nicely together.  I then placed extra cereal boxes (more on that in a second), peanut butter, unopened sauces, and cans on the second shelf.  I also purchases a small wire shelf to put on the second shelf.  This way I could put cans underneath and on top of this wire shelf!  The first shelf contains snacks, cereal, and flour/sugar.  I LOVE these Martha Stewart Tupperware containers I purchased to store cereal, chips, and baking items.  The entire bag of food pours right into the container and I cannot believe how much longer the food lasts!  No stale cereal and no flour bags making messes!  They also stack very conveniently. 

pantry containers






pantry  containers 2










I have room in my pantry to place a smaller shelf underneath the larger shelves.  I placed all other baking items on this shelf as well as lunchboxes and other miscellaneous items.  Here is the finished product!  Do you have any fun pantry/food organizing tips? Let us know!

finished pantry


Posted by Tami on Jun 24 10 | Comments (1)
Categories: Kitchen, Organization,

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May 31, 2010

Our entire family is going on vacation together soon and its time to think about packing for vacation. There are times when this becomes a bit overwhelming to us! We have 6 adults, 1 toddler, 1 baby, and a whole bunch of stuff!! We loved being organized. Therefore, we took a moment to think about the best way to organize ourselves to prepare for vacation, which brings us to our LIST. Lists aren't always the most easy to make (more on that at a later date), so we began by creating categories for items we would need.  Here is what we came up with:

 First we started with the essentials: Clothing and toiletries

 Next we made a list for kids: Toddler/Baby items

 Then we moved on to technology. Yes, it is now an official item on the list. We have computers, cell phones, portable DVD players, GPS units, and chargers for each one! You just can't leave it off the list.

 There is always a need for this category just IN CASE: Other/Miscellaneous

Once we had our categories we just began filling them in like crazy!  We are also planning on cooking our meals while we are there. Therefore we planned our menu ahead of time.  Then decided what food we'll be taking with us and what we'll need to buy when we arrive at our destination.

 Below are 2 Google documents of our lists as well as blank lists for you to create your own!  Happy packing!

Menu and Food List

Vacation Packing List

Posted by Tami on May 31 10 | Comments (2)
Categories: Organization,

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