Here are some photos of our pantry.  It’s actually a hall closet, but when we moved in, we decided we needed a pantry more than a place to hang coats.  I have organized and reorganized it for almost four years now, but I think we finally have it just right.   Here are the “befores.”  It’s hard to get a good photo in a dark hallway, with not much space to maneuver.  You can click on each photo to enlarge it:

We took some of the surplus items and brought them down to the basement, where we have a rack for extra food storage (that’s a post for another time).

We went through everything and tried to put similar items together.  Yet again.

I also purchased two items to help organize; one of those can organizers that has “steps” so you can see which cans you have; and a small lazy susan.

Here are the “After” photos.  Again, I did the best I could with no natural light in the hallway:

See the cute can organizer?  It slides open so you can make it wider.  The can organizer, and the lazy susan organizer on the shelf below were both purchased at Lowe’s.  The brand sticker on them said “Real Organized.”  Each piece was under $12.

Here is the bottom of the closet.  Yes, that is an old-fashioned, metal candy machine.  It is filled with Gobstoppers.  Rob found it at an antique store, and cleaned it out thoroughly and added the candy to it.  He wants to find a stand for it, but for now it gets stashed away in the pantry for a “once in a while” treat.  I’m not a fan of Gobstoppers, but the boys are.  And yes, that basket holds plastic bags.  Shame on me, I know, I shouldn’t use them.  But I’ve been using them to line small trash cans.

Anyone need to organize their pantry?  Whether it is a closet or a shelf in your kitchen, go through it and see what you can organize, so you can find things more easily.  You don’t need to purchase a lot of fancy containers or organizers; clean out and organize first to see what you need before you go shopping for organizers.

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