New Year, New Pantry!

New Year, New Pantry!
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You have to admit, that the process of getting organized is not always a pretty one.

Usually, you have to get your hands (or house) messy to create something beautiful.

I love organization.

The peace, order, and tranquility it produces makes me happy.

There’s one problem though…

I’m not organized.


Don’t get me wrong.

Capability is not in question.

I’m just not.

I suppose because it takes initial effort.

I couldn’t have someone come in and organize for me either because, well,

 I’m a control freak.

Life has been pretty chaotic in our home this past year,

overwhelmingly chaotic in fact.

But this is a new year now,

so I promised myself to channel some Martha mojo

and get my house in order,

one project at a time.

Today it’s the pantry.

Here’s the way it was, not terrible, but that pile on the floor has been building!

messy pantry

Now to empty it.

The kids came home from school horrified and gasped,


Disaster zone

Shall we label this “Disaster Zone”?

We had to order pizza for dinner and yes,

my Christmas Tree is still up.

The pantry looks so empty and clean,

but it was GROSS!

Empty pantry

The pantry needed some color.

I chose Urban Putty by Sherwin Williams, for the walls and Black semi-gloss for the shelves.

Urban Putty does a nice job at hiding exploded ketchup spatters on the wall and ceiling.

Are you ready for the reveal?


Organized pantry

I chose to leave the underside white for light reflection.

An overhead light in the pantry would be a nice addition some time.

All the plastic containers are from Costco.

We buy A LOT in bulk at Costco or Sam’s.


Doesn’t every family buy weekly 5 pound bags of chocolate chips???

organized pantry3 

My kids walked in today and said, “Now THIS is nice!”






Are you organizing something?

I’d love to hear about it!

Leave a comment and tell me what organizing projects you have planned for this year!



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  1. omg! how awesome.

    cracking up at the hoarders shout out. if you could see my bedroom right now. it’s the place where all that stuff gets dumped.

    the pantry looks wonderful. love your labels. i need to come back to this post everyday until i do my own pantry. lol.

    happy weekend!

  2. It looks fantastic Kim!

  3. Love it…I have got to get organized too!
    This will be my inspiration…Thanks!

  4. Wow, looks great! I just started cleaning out my walk in pantry today and I’m waaaay to ashamed to show a before. But possibly an after. Good for you!

  5. Looks great Kim! Organized pantries are the BEST! It really is tranquility, and that sounds silly. Good job girl!

  6. Lovely. In the middle of a Laundry room/pantry…yes my pantry is in my laundry room…redo.

    Yours looks lovely, coming from Just a Girl

    Just Another Day in Paradise

  7. It’s looking great! Where did all the stuff on the floor stuff go? LOL

    Amazing what a bit of organization can do! I’m always organizing my pantry but it never stays that way……

  8. Oh my word!! This just made my heart skip a beat! I’m in LOVE! I’m going back now to check out all the details–again. 🙂

  9. Thanks Ladies! To answer Debra’s question- all the stuff on the floor found either a nice little home in the trash or elsewhere in the house. It’s amazing how much room you have when you purge and organize!

  10. LOVE this, Kim. I’m right there with ya…a control freak that craves organozation. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Now, I ask you…how many times have you opened that pantry just to stare at it in all its labeled glory?? Or maybe I just do that. ;o)


  11. HI Kim, It looks fantastic! I’ve been organizing since August. 2,010 items last year and plan to get rid of 2,011 more this year. Now that things are finally starting to get in order I am able to decorate the house a bit, yippee!! loving it and will post some pics soon.

    Oh yeah & if you want to jump on the declutter gang, there will be guidelines and linky for folks to join in on my mission. Here’s my last post about it

  12. GIrl, it’s GORGEOUS!!! I love the little labels too!

  13. Wow it came out great. I need to clean out my pantry. There is everything BUT food in there!!!

  14. this looks AMAZING!!!! all your hard work totally paid off. i too need to organize my pantry, & you have been my inspiration – thanks!

  15. I just did my pantry for about the 8th time in 6 months lol
    Yours looks great.. I couldn’t paint ours during naptime but added some color! I love that yours has double doors!

  16. This looks great!! I actually have to do my pantry today and it’s going to be a BIG makeover…thanks for the inspiration!!!


  17. That’s quite a transformation! I love the chalk board labels on the plastic containers. I’m having Tidy Up Tuesdays on my blog this year because I thought if I didn’t force myself to share weekly organizing progress & goals, I’d just fall into my old routines and stay unorganized. Found you @ Show & Tell Saturday.

  18. wow! now this is a pantry that i’d want to stare at all day long!! it looks awesome! 🙂

  19. Okay, that is beautiful! And I am seriously jealous of your pantry!

  20. wow! looks great!!! 🙂

  21. I’m so jealous! Come over and help me do mine, pleeeaaase?

  22. Your pantry looks great! I have soooo many organizing projects planned for this year… We moved into our first house in May 2010 and we still don’t have very much furniture so we have rooms with stuff just everywhere on the floor with nowhere to go! My goal is to get furniture so I can get everything organized the way it should be! I also need to get my pantry organized like yours! =]

  23. Please come do my pantry! I have cleaned mine out before but it always returns to clutter mania! I think I am missing a very important element….your great containers/baskets etc. I need to use something like those to keep it really organized.

  24. I am seriously green with envy right now! Firstly, I wish we had a pantry. Secondly, I am in desperate need of those clear containers and baskets! Great work!

  25. ughhh my office is literally straight out of Hoarders!! the rest of my house is perfectly in order (90% of the time), but I’ve seriously let the office spiral out of control!! Off to do a little work on it right now 🙂

  26. Looks great!! sometimes it has to get worse before it gets better!

  27. all I can say is….WOW! That kitchen shot full of all the pantry contents is hilarious ans SO REAL – love it! Isn’t amazing what we can stuff into pantries? Great great job!

  28. I LOVE organization too! That looks GREAT! come on over and link up to MMM 🙂

  29. Whoa! I can’t believe all of that stuff was in your pantry!! Looks amazing! I am jealous!

  30. that is just amazing. i am really awestruck at your creativeness. i have the “cereal” jars and just bags of everything else. you have inspired me!! i know it feels great to now walk in there and have everything a fingertip away!

  31. this looks amazing 🙂 excellent job channeling your martha mojo 😉 i love being organized, too…but it does seem to take great effort…

  32. Absolutely amazing!!! I’m in a huge clean sweep mode, too. 😉 Thanks so much for linking up to SFS!! (sent you an email about blissdom this morning) -shaunna 🙂

  33. That looks great!! Love all the labels too.
    I found your blog from Perfectly Imperfect. I’d love for you to link up to my Organizing Mission Monday link party!
    Hope to see you there.

  34. Just dropping by to let you know that I linked to this post in a round up today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. 🙂 You can see the feature here

    If you would like a “featured by” button, you can grab one here!

  35. this looks so nice! of all the ones I have seen I love yours!

  36. Kim your pantry looks amazing! I love all the organization…simply fabulous! Thanks so much for linking up to The Sunday showcase party – I have featured this today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you have a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  37. I saw this over at Stephanie’s blog and had to come and see. WOW, wow, and wow! I’m very inspired to get to work on my pantry because of yours. I’m your newest follower.

  38. Wow! This looks really nice!! I just love a cute, organized pantry. Have a great evening.

  39. Wow! That looks so amazing! I have those same baskets and love them. 🙂
    Thank you for linking up to my party!

  40. Oh how I desperately want a pantry! This looks awesome! Congrats on a job well done!

  41. Even your before picture (before I scrolled down to the floor) wasn’t bad. But, I really like how the paint made such a big difference! Great job…very pretty too! You may not like to organize, but when you do it’s hard to believe that!!

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  42. I am just like you. I love organization but lack the follow through required to obtain it! I am inspired by your pantry!

  43. OMG this is the word I love and hate most. I love to live in an organized world but I hate the process. Plus I have a darling husband who preaches “there must be order”. I can’t complain! He participates in the I would say more than his fair share but still….the process! Have a lovely day Kim.

  44. hello, newcomer here:) what did you use for the labels on the plastic containers?
    thanks!! and awesome job!!

  45. Hi, I found your pantry on Pinterest! I love the combination you used of plastic containers and baskets. Did you use chalkboard contact paper on the plastic? With a chalk marker? That’s what I’d like to use.
    Also, where did you get those baskets? They seem nicely square and sturdy.

  46. What a huge improvement. How did manage to organize all that. I love those plastic containers with labels. where can I buy those?

  47. Wow! What a difference! I love what you did. 😀

  48. Anonymous says:

    I love that Top Shelf 😉

  49. I like the top shelf!

  50. I would like to know where the black cart was purchased. That is just what I am looking for to put in my pantry. Your pantry looks great and I am just starting on min. Thanks

  51. Love you pantry. I love to organize, its fun for me. An you can do it for a very small amount or a large. if you don’t have a lot of money then take cereal boxes cut them down to fit the height of you drews you don’t have to do any thing else just put like item together.

  52. Jennifer says:

    Where did you get your cart from??

  53. I am so jealous of all your pantry glory. It may not be a walk in, but it’s nice and wide so you can see everything at a glance and now that you have everything organized so well, I bet you’ll never have to search for something again.

    I have just bought an old house with no pantry to speak of, so something like this really peaks my envy. I hope to have a cabinet/cupboard pantry built in an empty corner before I move in, but it would never be as nice and large as this. Even so, I hope to use your wonderful pantry as an inspiration for my own.


    • Hi London!
      Our past 2 homes didn’t have pantries either so when we found this house (which was a neglected foreclosure) I squealed with delight at the sight of the pantry. I like that you are thinking creatively on how to best use & organize your space. I bet your corner pantry idea will be beautiful!
      Have a great week!


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