I painted the pantry the same color as my kitchen walls and then painted a design on it using this free template from Jones Design Company. I love it, and am seriously considering doing my coat closet the same way.
I added a shelf for more storage. I think many shelves close together is far more efficient than precariously stacked cans piled high on fewer shelves.
I created zones. Sort of. There is a shelf for baking supplies, a shelf for staples like pasta and beans and a shelf for processed foods. I put tall things on the bottom of the pantry and less frequently used items on the top shelf.
I left room for flexibility. I didn't go crazy labeling everything because I don't want my whole system to get thrown off every time my husbands favorite soup goes on sale.
It's not picture perfect. I would love to have pretty new matching canisters and baskets, but that isn't in the budget right now and quite frankly, never will be. No matter how pretty it would be, there will always be something better for our family to spend money on. Every time I'm in a thrift store or at a yard sale I keep my eye out for glass canisters with silver or glass lids. Eventually there might be a pretty canister for everything, without spending a fortune, but in the mean time there are still items stored in their ugly yellow store-brand boxes and bags.
One of my favourite little storage tricks is my garlic jar.
I wanted to store my garlic in this IKEA jar, but i knew it would need some ventilation. So I asked my husband to put some simple holes in the lid for me. He disappeared into the basement and returned with this:
He gets me. He really gets me.
My new pantry makes me smile. In fact, I haven't closed it's door all day because I just like seeing it!
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