Pantry. Ugh. What an unpleasant word. Just thinking about the word brings up images of food piled high and plastic bags haphazardly thrown behind a door to hide them. At least that's what my pantry usually looks like. There's a movement going on in blogland to reorganize and since I'm apparently in my nesting phase, I decided to join in. Traci, over at Beneath My Heart is hosting an organization party thing every Monday in Jan, and today she discussed pantry organization. Interestingly, I happened to have that on my to do list today (handy how that worked out, isn't it?), so I thought I'd show you some before and afters.
Traci will be hosting a link up party on Friday and I'll link to that, but since I've had precious little to blog about lately (that doesn't involve contractions of babies), I thought I'd go ahead and post this today.
Now, before we look at the photos, I should mention that we don't have a pretty pantry (we live in military housing, so having a pantry at all is a serious luxury) and I can't paint it and I don't have a Silhouette machine (yet) to make pretty tags or labels. Also, last night, for whatever reason, James Bond decided to go through the top shelf of the pantry and make it neat (maybe he's nesting too?) and I didn't get a before photo. Believe me, it was a hot mess and about 10 times worse than the before photo I took today. It was embarrassingly bad and I probably wouldn't have wanted to show you what it looked like anyway. This before photo makes me cringe as it is. Ack!
I spent about an hour going through stuff (and throwing much of it out), and putting it in containers and here it is now:
Isn't that better? I feel weird showing the foods and drinks we have with you guys. Though I have to say, it's not that bad. We have to buy our water so that's why there are so many water bottles. The bottles have to go back to the store for a deposit refund, so it's easier to corral them in the white container. We could get water delivered and have a big cooler, but I don't like the way it tastes. The water that is delivered is filtered and I prefer spring. When just about the only thing you drink is water, you get picky about it and learn the difference in tastes. I have to say though, it is a pain lugging all those bottles up 3 flights of stairs.
Oh, and in the first photo, you might notice that we have several large cans of baked beans. We are not baked beans junkies. James Bond had to make some for a a company dinner a while back (I made them better by adding onions, garlic, maple syrup and other stuff) and for whatever reason felt the need to buy like 8 cans. Do you know how much is in one can? Good golly. Also, you might notice that we have a lot of nuts. Nuts are my current pregnancy drug of choice. I eat a handful several times throughout the day and Han Solo is happy as a clam. He gets very active after I eat nuts.
OMG, why am I talking about food? It makes me hungry. I just ate some Greek yogurt (so good!) with granola and blueberries though, so maybe I should wait a while.
I'm rambling. Good heavens. I'll shut up now. I hope you enjoyed my little mini makeover.