Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Pinspiration: Pantry Organization


I didn't quite hop on the Pinterest Challenge boat like many, hosted by YHL, Bower Power, Emily Henderson, and Making a House a Home.  As soon as I saw all the posts yesterday, I kicked myself in the booty for not challenging myself as well. Sure, I've already tackled at least 5 Pinterest inspired projects, but nothing major or life changing like a new piece of furniture. It's never too late, right? I will definitely have something pretty spiffy whipped up for next Tuesay, just you wait!

In the meantime, this is one of my most recent Pinterest inspired projects. I'll save my blabber for another post on organizing, but I must say this lady has grown to be one organized gal, and I owe Pinterest much credit.

This is one of the many organized and labeled pantries that inspired me. It's not perfect, but I liked the similar canisters used throughout and the use of pretty labels.

I got meeself some dolla store action (just found a new one by my house that is MY HEAVEN) and plopped down abuout forty bones to get enough storage solutions for my pantry, fridge and closet.



Those glass canisters with stainless steel lids? I saw *almost* the same ones at Walmart for $20. EACH! At the dollar store, they were $1.25! ONE DOLLAR AND TWENTY FIVE CENTS! Yes please! Hallelujah!

I also had some smaller bits and pieces that cluttered my cupboards with mostly empty boxes and packaging. Not only were they not pretty, but it's also pretty darn hard to know when you're almost out of cornstarch when it's hiding in the back of your cupboard inside a solid cardboard box. I thought a better solution would be tupperware (ok not Tupperware, but to go containers not made by the Tupperware corporation but still called tupperware by most of the population), but didn't want the blue lidded variety that just scream disposable! At the same dollar store, I scored 10 clear plastic stackable lunch containers for $2. Yup. They were perfect and just what I had in mind! Granted, they aren't super dee duper leak proof so I would never actually use these for storing leftovers in the firdge, but for what I needed them for, perfecto!

I literally have almost no cardboard left in my kitchen. At all. I cleared all the store bought packaging out, and brought in my own. It's amazing how much happier one feels when you open up your cupboard and see this.

Oh, and the labels? I just made those myself with my I-get-by, taught-myself design skills.

Total cost of reorganizing this one cupboard? Under $15. And well worth every penny!

[Update- check out my etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/thepapersociety for your very own custom labels!]

24 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, swoon! I dream of a pantry that one day looks like this!

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  2. Brazilliant!! Which dollar store did you go to? I don't think mine has cool containers like those!

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  3. Dollorama (in Canada)! I got some other awesome larger containers for larger bulk things like flour, rice etc. I'll have to add those pics to the post as well, as they were only 2 bucks!

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  4. What what a cute idea! I just love how clean and organized everything looks :)

    xo Catharine @ Your Modern Couple

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  5. Wow, gorgeous. Yours is even better than your inspiration. If I can't find containers at my local dollar store, this might be worth a trip across the bridge. :)

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  6. I love it! Great job! Came over from YHL.

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  7. I am so addicted too! I just love how easy it is to collect and store my favourite images. Your inspiration pin is great and I think your project turned out so well-Great job! My cupboard is full of tupperware but I much prefer your labelled containers.

    I have posted about a few of my favourite pins on my blog today and if you have 5 Minutes to spare please pop by! Please feel free to link up your post to my new Pinning and Singing Linky Party. I'd love it if you could join in!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

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  8. Nice bang for buck! Love it!

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  9. It is a thing of beauty! I love your labels - all of my (mismatched) jars are unlabeled which drives hubby nuts :) Obviously I need to visit my local Dollorama and get busy!

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  10. I would've never thought those canisters are from The Dollar Store! I am going there tomorrow! May I please have the PDF for your lables? They look great! mai.huynh11@gmail.com

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  11. I love this! Could I have the PDF for the labels? kkluber@gmail.com

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  12. I just re-pinned this - so cool! And I'd love to have the pdf! Thanks!

    dixiespell@aol.com

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  13. Gorgeous! send me the PDF file? floofypoof@gmail.com

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  14. Would love the PDF! This is amazing--and now I will be spending every waking moment stalking my local Dollar Tree for containers ;) mamamerio at gmail dot com. thanks!!

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  15. I would also love the PDF, if you would please! I'm an organization queen; I'm in grad school, working part time, and planning my wedding, so organization is a must for me. I really like the idea that you have for your labels, and I've been looking for some time for nice ones! Please send pdf to: 22coupons2010@gmail.com. Thanks!

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  16. Love, Love, Love this! I pinned it as my dream pantry! Can you please email me the pdf file as well. jla1120@hotmail.com Thanks!

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  17. So neat and organized....love it! Can you please send me the labels template (mahahazou@yahoolcom), so I can get started on mine. Thanks so much!

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  18. Hello Maha, Jamie, 22coupons, Meri and Ambra- check your inboxes shortly as I will be emailing the labels to you as i have the others! New commenters, thank you so much for interest. In a couple days I will update with a way for you to download these "sample" labels directly from the internet, or if you would like CUSTOM labels, please visit my etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/thepapersociety. Thanks so much for all the positive feedback!

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  19. Do you hire-out? I would love to use your talents!!!! Beautiful here and your new post.

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    1. I wish! That would be my dream job! :) "Professional Pantry Artist" lol

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  20. I NEED the PDF for your labels! They are amazing! You are brilliant! I'd love to throw my crappy label maker out the window. Jessica@heartsmartok.com

    Jessica Huff

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  21. Can i have the PDF for the labels please??
    jdvaughan@crimson.ua.edu

    thanks!!!

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  22. I LOVE it! I just bought some OXO pop containers, and would love to have them in all sizes, but now that I've seen your fabulousness, I'm going to have to hit some dollar stores in search of containers! I also love the idea of plastic containers to organize the fridge!
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