October 5, 2011

{OrganizedHome} Day 5: Fabulous Pantries

My absolute favorite organizing tip is to make things pretty. If a space is both pretty and functional, we are so much more likely to maintain it than if we aren't very fond of it.  If it looks fabulous when it's clean we will likely be motivated to keep it that way!

I've assembled a collection of some of the prettiest pantries in blog land.  Please click through to these blogs to get the full tour of each space, and leave a lovely little comment there for the ladies who worked hard to create beautiful functional spaces.  You just might make their day!

 Via Whatever




via Honey and Fitz

via I like it, I Love it

via The House of Smiths

via Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust

You can see my own pantry makeover here:


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41 comments:

  1. I love these! And your pantry looks great too! Thank you for including me in your round up! You're awesome :)
    ~Shelley

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  2. So lovely. All around. Wish someone would come do my pantry :)

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  3. Oh, to have a pantry - wouldn't that be wonderful! Nice job on your pantry too!

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  4. Ugh, I knew you would be getting to the pantry soon. Another one on my list of to do's! Might not happen today but definitely this week. I promise! Thank you for the motivation.

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  5. I feel very honored to be in this group....thanks.
    I love your make over.
    Happy Day

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  6. Thank you for the wonderful feature. All these pantries look so fabulous - including your own! Great job!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  7. I am loving this series! You're doinga great job of inspiring me. Thanks so much!

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  8. Love the Pantry's. Do you know if that is wallpaper or contact paper on the walls. I love it!

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  9. Beautiful pantry pictures. I wish I had a pantry. Sometimes I think what was I thinking when we bought this house?

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  10. Thank you so much for featuring me here! We love our pantry now and so glad you liked it too!

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  11. Wow! Such beautiful and inspiring pantries! As an apartment dweller who recently had a jar of salt fall out of my overstuffed kitchen cupboards and into my chocolate cake batter, I am seething with envy!

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  12. OH my Heaves to Bestsy...will come redo my pantry? You really should have a picture of mine, just for the full on effect of how fabulous all those pantries really are.

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  13. These pantries are amazing!! Mine is small...so I love that you have a small one, too yet made it cute and efficient. I have some work to do!! Thanks for the inspiration!!:)

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  14. Wow most people have the same sort of wallpaper (different size pattern) but to my eyes, all seem so similar - how quirky!

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  15. Wow those are beautiful. I have a large pantry and those gave me some great ideas.

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  16. I am loving all of your ideas!! Thanks for sharing so much inspiration, I'm just trying to decide where to start...

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  17. These are great! My challenge is my pantry IS my coat closet. I'm sure I can use these to reorganize my closet.

    Jodi @ Make Three
    http://makethree.blogspot.com

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  18. I am inspired but my problem with the "after" pictures (and I DO love the lovely makeovers) is that they are picture perfect. I would like to see another "after picture" taken one or two months after the new pantry has been IN USE. I can make anything look good for 15 min. but will it be ultimately useful and sustainable? :)

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  19. Glad to see that my pantry is configured like yours. Now to get pretty contact paper for the back wall. I also added those little push lights above each shelve to help me find stuff.

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  20. I'm curious, is it wallpaper or contact paper on the walls? It's absolutely beautiful. I'd love to know what it is and where to get it. Thanks!

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  21. I like the Faith,Trust&Pixie dust bloggers pantry!!

    P.S I love the design on in your pantry!:D

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  22. It took two years to come up with an organized pantry. I purchased black open front baskets to fill shelves for "L" shaped pantry. Now everything is in its own basket. Love the pics and wonderful suggestions.

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  23. I need to do this! You inspire me.

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  24. I LOVE the idea of an organized pantry with matching bins and jars and spice jars however, I have an issue with that.

    When you buy a package of food, be it a bag of rice or a jar of spices - there is a great likelihood that the package will be larger than your bin.

    Also, transferring one jar of spices into another jar seems like a big waste of materials to me. Which is why buying in bulk seems more practical. However, then you get the problem of the package being larger than your jar.

    So the bottom line is that, unless you take your actual physical containers to the bulk section each time, it's very likely that you will still have to deal with the excess bags, boxes and jars of pre-packaged food. So...how do you take care of those and avoid having half to 3/4 empty bags of rices and pasta lying around?

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  25. Such great ideas and I really need to do this. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  26. Such great ideas and I really need to do this. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  27. This is great but any tips on how to arrange the shelves? As far as grouping? And where do yall find the found containers? This would be helpful so we can actual make the pantry over.

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    1. I used mason jars for mine. LOVE them and they are so cute! You can easily find labels for them too. I would group in a way that makes sense to you and the easiest way to find things for yourself. Hope this helps!

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  28. I don't have a closet, but I have four huge cabinets in my nice, new large kitchen. However, they are so DEEP it is like sticking your head into a cave. My former pantry had pull out shelves (like drawers)installed by the previous owner, which were great, but probably pricey. They looked custom built. Do I need to look for these, or is there a ready made product that might help?

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    1. By "closet" I mean a closet style pantry with narrow shelves on three sides so things don't get pushed to the back.

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    2. I have deep upper cabinets as you describe. I can't really see or reach anything without climbing on a chair. I have two deep/wide Rubbermaid containers which for perfectly. I put all my oils/vinegars, syrup and such in the containers. Everything is neatly contained. And when I need something I just pull the whole contained down and grab what I want.

      ~Jen

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  29. Love the pantries! Just redid mine (ironically before reading this) and I found the cheapest way (and oh so cute) to store my "things" in were mason jars.

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  30. Is that contact paper or wallpaper on the wall?

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  31. A picture paints a thousand words, and these pictures really inspire me to turn my utility room/through area into the garden into a neatly organised pantry-cum-toolroom-cum-laundry room! I think I'll print these pictures and stick them on the door to get me into a mood to want it so badly I'll actually get cracking!!! Thanks for your great blog! Betsy from the Netherlands.

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  32. Beautiful- if I wouldn't know my own pantry I'd think number 3 is mine LOL...but I know my mess too :(
    Got some ideas and great inspiration- I already can see how my pantry looks like in few days :) Thanks for sharing all those beautiful creative ideas with us!!!

    Happy New Year to you and all readers.

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  33. Hello, Happy New Years :)
    As I promised- the last one before this is my comment- I did a 2 days cleaning organizing my pantry. The results are 100% better but still not perfect as I worked around what I had at home. In my next shopping I know what I need to get. I would love to share pictures of before/during and after- I guess only subscribers can...I will try to get on ASAP.


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  34. What would you suggest for a mud room? We have quite a large one but it is drafty and cluttered. :(

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  35. This blog series has been amazing so far! I live in a one bedroom apartment with my husband and my 2 boys, ages 3 and 4. Our space is tight but the kitchen is pretty large for the space. We have a huge 6 person table, but there is next to no counter space. The cupboards are decent but do not hold everything I need to keep in stock for my family. When we moved in, we bought a wire rack that was supposed to go above the toilet but became a spot for SOME of "pantry" items. We also bought a tall, white cabinet to put all my dry good in. My parents gave me their counter top portable dishwasher to use as extra counter space. The apartment came with a hole in the wall cubby space. My husband is a master of rearranging furniture. When I told him what I wanted to do for this blog post, he went above and beyond and I ALLOWED him to rearrange that part of my kitchen. I looks amazing and we even did away with the wire toilet rack! I'd love to share pictures of what one can do with such a tiny space. How can I submit pictures to you?

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  36. WOW that's amazing............
    All these pantries look so fabulous - also your one!.You have done Great job by sharing all of them here. I wish I had my own pantry one day .I'm curious, the pictures used on the walls are wallpaper or contact papers?
    Thanks for sharing these pretty pantries.......

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  37. Just a guess to all the commenters - I think the wall treatments are done with stencils and paint. Cheers!

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