I have been working on a project. It started as a simple spark…
Reading about changing our diet, I came across Healthified Living blog. I loved the simple look of storing bulk goods in glass jars. Wanting to increase our use of whole, healthy foods, I had incentive. My goal was to transform our pantry from a mish-mash of junk food, boxes and other items into a pantry that I enjoy walking into.
After 3 weeks of shopping, arranging and rearranging and purging, I’m ready to reveal…
Isn’t it pretty? Doesn’t it make your heart sing?
I have always dreamed of a walk-in-pantry. When we moved into the house a dear friend went to work on creating shelves in what is a LONG coat closet under the stores. I’ve used it since then but have never really been happy. Until now.
I wanted some baskets to hold our snack items. If found these boxes at JoAnn. They were 50% off (so $9.99) and then I had an additional 25% off!!! I ended up getting them for a little over $7 each! I absolutely love that I can change the title with a simple piece of chalk. I would say this is probably my most favorite piece in my pantry.
For now my bulk beans, rice, oatmeal and pancake mix (the one junk food that did manage to stay) lives under the bottom shelf in Home Depot buckets. They are ugly and eventually I’ll replace them. But for now they do the job. Ignore the carpet…it’s getting replaced next year!
My growing collection of aprons. I bought the Vera Bradley on clearance in a quaint little town in Maine this summer. I love wearing it. It makes me feel domesticated…no small feat for a girl who rejected everything “homey” until recently.
My secret obsession. This box contains all my cookie cutters. And I still want more! n Eventually I will have LARGE glass jars to hold them. I haven’t found ones that I want yet…well I have, but I’m not paying the price.
The heart of my pantry is now glass jars. ALL types of jars. I really love the hinge lids. But after scouring every Marshalls, Home Goods, Ross and TJ Maxx in our area as well as Goodwill, I had to use Ball canning jars also. Now I wish I would have just stuck with the Ball jars. Oh well, I still love the jars.
Flours – I now have six different flours! I am so excited to learn how to cook/bake gluten-free!
I created my labels using Avery #22828 and Avery’s free online designer. I couldn’t get the design to line up correctly and since the package was $16/256 labels, I will live with it. If I get really OCD about it one day I may upgrade. I think I want to create ones that look like a chalkboard.
This is my small start of canning. I made applesauce & apple butter this year. Next year I hope to have this whole shelf with homemade canned goods. Eventually I hope to make my canned good section purchased from the store very small!
I’m still a potato gal. I KNOW they say it’s not a good carb. But I grew up in Idaho…I gotta have my potatoes! So, I purchased this basket (I think from Michael’s) and it holds the potatoes. Next to it is the Sweet Potatoes and next to that is onions & garlic. I’m going to replace those baskets with ones that match the one on the left. The right baskets will go back into the fifth wheel.
The back of the pantry. It was a HUGE mess before. I simply purged my kitchen cabinets and all the junk items went into the kitchen or out the door. This was my garbage container in our previous house. It’s moved around here and it’s finally settled in the pantry. It holds the bag of Tippi’s dog food.
I’m happy. It’s not Martha Stewart…or even Mommy blog quality. But it’s mine. And it makes me smile.