In case you missed it, last week’s decluttering focus was the pantry. It turned out to be a pantry makeover instead of just a quick declutter. Contrary to my plan, I couldn’t do it all at once. Since I wasn’t able to go the full round all in one, I did it one shelf at a time and I got a little crazy. Shelf-liners, chalkboard labels, lazy susans – oh my! And the end result is something that I’m mighty proud of. (I’m not so proud of how much I had to throw away, however, but I think that’s a whole different story to write)
I did follow the steps in my pantry declutter plan – I just did them one shelf at a time, instead of the whole shebang. So if you haven’t stepped up and cleaned out your pantry yet, take heart; it’s doable. Here’s what I did:
When I redid the pantry a couple of years ago I painted the whole thing, including the shelves. Over time the shelves got scuffed, the paint chipped and it looked dirty no matter how hard I tried. The solution to this was shelf liner. I happened to buy mine at Walmart (for about $8 for a 25 foot roll), but this is available pretty much anywhere, including the dollar stores. If possible, buy the stuff that says it’s removeable – it makes is MUCH easier to apply. If you’d like some help with putting in the shelf-liner, see my tutorial.
These are awesome!! Not only do they look great, but they are eraseable so you can change the contents of your containers and nothave to change the label. If you use chalk pens, they don’t smudge and the writing stays put until you wash it off. I purchased my labels at Michaels and they were $4 for 20. The pens are a bit pricey, but I used a 50% off coupon and bought a set of 2 white, one red and one black for $10. It would be worth checking the dollar store for these, I think. I use these labels all over now, so the investment in the pens was worth it to me as I also plan to use them in other projects. I used to use my label maker, but the difference in how they look it pretty impressive don’t you think?
These are your best friend if you have a pantry or a cupboard with shelves that meet in the corner. I hate the corners since they are so hard to access. I purchased my lazy susans at thrift stores for a couple of dollars each and I’m so happy with them. I’m currently on the hunt for a couple more to finish the project. They don’t have to match (mine don’t) but if you really must have them all the same, you could always spray paint them all the same colour.
These are fantastic for small containers as you can have them all facing out where you can see them. This means no more finding expired little cans and jars lost at the back of the shelves because they disappeared behind the bigger containers. Imagine being able to find that little jar of salsa you were sure you bought, but just couldn’t see?
So here are my before and after pictures of the pantry makeover. I’m so proud of this space!
P.S. If you love the look with the Tupperware Modular Mates, I just found out they are the host item until the end of January. This is how I got all mine for pretty much free – by having a party here and there over the years. Check out my Tupperware buddy Kenn’s site to learn more. If you are in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, I think he’s the best Tupperware rep around. This sale is Canada-wide, so look up your local rep!