Are you afraid to get your home organized because you know you won’t ever completely and perfectly finish the task?
Don’t be afraid to do just a little each day because what little you do will be better than if you never did anything.
One of the things I am going to be doing this year is organizing the storage spaces in my home.
My home is fairly neat so long as you ignore some hot spots here and there, like on my hutch where what doesn’t belong is held captive.
You might have a much messier home because you just don’t have time to get it picked up and cleaned. I am home all day, so I can get distracted and tidy up. When my children were growing up there were many more trails and signs of life from many personalities living in our home.
What I am saying is that some of us may have neater homes than others. Either way it is just reflecting the differences in each of our personalities and the time we have available to us. We will just work together at doing what we can to make our home a haven for our families.
The Pantry Makeover
Your pantry might be a shelf or closet in your kitchen. My husband built a small room underneath the stairs going to the basement. We have seven children and a LOT of food to keep everyone growing. Be thankful for whatever God has allowed you to have and make the best of the space that you have.
- I go through my pantry space about once a year. It is amazing how much dust accumulates.
- I remove overly outdated food or items that we will never use.
- I return things that got misplaced to their rightful location.
- And I re-organize the non-food items that are stored in this area.
For some reason, my husband has discovered this wonderful space and some of his tool bags have shown up!
I should have taken a picture of how messy my pantry had become before I started my makeover.
This year I am more than just tidying my pantry but I am doing a makeover so that everything will be better organized and the space used much more efficiently.
When Doing a Pantry Makeover
1. Remove EVERYTHING off the shelf
Don’t take everything out of the whole pantry unless you are planning on painting it or putting up new shelves. That’s crazy and biting off more than you can chew! Take everything off ONE shelf at a time and work on just that one shelf space. In fact, it is better to just spend one hour (or 15 minutes) each day until the job is done than to spend hours on the project in one day and be afraid to ever tackle the task again.
2. Wash the Shelf
I cut up old towels and use them for rags. For the most part, I don’t care for microfiber rags because everything sticks to them in the laundry and they become a pain. Don’t put anything back on the shelf until it is totally dry. Ask me how I know!
3. Get 3 Boxes or Bins and Label Them: Give-Away, Throw-Away, Put-Away
I don’t actually do this but I thought I share this awesome tip with you. I read about it everywhere and someday I am going to actually start doing it! What I do is make piles and then put the Give-Away things directly into the van. Did I tell you about the time that I mixed the Put-Away clothes with the Give-Away clothes and lost a favorite white skirt?!
4. Use Nifty Colored Plastic Baskets to Organize
Oh yes!! This is awesome. I went to the Dollar Tree and bought these cute little baskets to organize my pantry. I color coordinated them to be all blue. You could change up the colors and mix and match. Whatever makes you happy! It really does make my pantry POP! My husband was really impressed.
5. Label Shelves and Baskets
To help everyone know where items GO and speed up FINDING the snacks 😉 make sure you add labels to the shelves and baskets (if you use my awesome idea). You can either use a P-Touch or buy little chalk board labels. I am going with the chalk board ones and save P-Touching for another project. Haven’t found the chalk-board labels yet.
6. Decorating Your Pantry Area
My pantry is kind of unfinished. It has unpainted sheet rock in some areas, exposed wood and insulation in other spots. I haven’t decided, but I just might paint where I can. I also plan to put up a black chalk board piece of plywood that I found at Home Depot soon. Another idea I saw was to put contact or wallpaper on the back of each shelf to make it look attractive. The ideas are limitless and as many as your imagination. Let me know how your pantry is fixed up or what you are going to do with it. I’d love to know!
I just might paint the sheet rock. This is the ‘hot spot’ of my pantry that hasn’t succumbed to any sort of organization – yet.
One of my goals for this year is to work at organizing my storage spaces of our home.
I thought I was organized until I started looking a little closer and realized how much I needed to do!
We all accumulate too much junk and it is a good idea to annually work at organizing and purging what God has placed in our hands.
Some women organize and declutter in January but I am going to make this a project that I work on for the whole year. I hope you come along with me and find inspiration to declutter and organize the spaces in your home.
If you have a large family like we did, these 5 gallon food buckets are excellent for storing grains. These still have oats and Prairie Gold wheat berries from our days raising our children.
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.~Colossians 3:23-24
My Challenge for YOU!! Start with your kitchen pantry whether it is a shelf or small room and organize what is in that space with creativity.
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