In an effort to make more meals at home, and with better ingredients (more whole foods), I decided our pantry needed an overhaul. I've been trying to save up used jars for this project over the last few months...but because I'm a little impatient and little obsessive compulsive when it comes to organizing and matching, I gave up on collecting all I needed and purchased some extra canning jars (and a few jars from Specialty Bottle, a website with almost every size and shape of glass jars imaginable) so our pantry would have a more cohesive look.
So without further ado!
(Cluttered and not utilizing space effectively).
(Love the way this is moving along! Have the bottom shelf and floor space cropped out because those are still works in progress. One way I made more room in the pantry was to move the contents of the shelf with baking supplies to another cupboard...I used to have my spices in one place and my baking supplies in another and now they are all together, see below).
(With blue painter's tape of course! I just use a Sharpie to include the contents and either the expiration date [if I know it] or the date purchased).
Have to throw in a side-by-side shot (next time I'll try to take my photos from the same angle, durrrh):
I'm happy to report this pantry overhaul is serving us well so far. We had homemade, mostly whole food dinners Monday-Friday this week! Big success :)
So how is your pantry organized? Do you feel like having an organized kitchen makes meals at home easier or do you think I'm just making excuses for my obsessive compulsiveness ;) ?