Pantry Makeover

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I have been wanting to do a pantry makeover for so long! So when we moved into this house and I finally had an actual pantry to do that with, I was over the moon!!! So we’re going to talk all things sources on this post!!! I’ll have another one under the DIY tab to teach you how to wallpaper! Let’s jump in because there is a lot!

Before

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Game Plan

Before I bought anything or started taking everything out of my pantry I sat down and wrote out a game plan. I searched ideas on the IG and Pinterest. Once I knew what look I was going for I got to work researching the cheapest, without sacrificing quality, containers. I quickly noticed that The Container Store had the best selection and the best prices. Yes even over Amazon. I then went through my pantry and wrote down EVERYTHING that was in there. This honestly is the least fun part. Go figure. I even wrote a few notes next to certain items that I had problems with. For example my kids basically live on granola bars. But I was SO sick of picking up granola bars that had fallen on the floor, or empty boxes etc. So I knew I needed to eliminate as much packaging on them as I could. This helped me in finding the proper container for them to meet my goal. Pretty soon I had a really good list of items and what problems in storing those items I had. Next was measuring my space. I measured all of my shelves making sure I noted the depth so I didn’t buy any containers that would over hang. This also helped me calculate how much wallpaper I needed. You can find a wallpaper calculator here. I also encourage you to browse the wallpaper on this site because it’s perfection and incredibly affordable. Once you’ve done this your ready to move on to purchasing!!

The Wallpaper

I knew that I wanted something BOLD in this small space. Something that would really give it some pop. So when Classy Clutter came out with their wallpaper options, I knew that was the one! I picked it because it was a small repeating pattern, making it easy to match up in the wallpaper process if I needed it to. It also has a deep green in some parts of the leaves, which finalized my decision. I will be painting my kitchen cabinets a deep green later this summer, so having that cohesiveness was a must for me. It has a door, but if it were open I still wanted it to feel like a part of the space. Not an after thought.

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Isn’t it just dreamy!? You can purchase your own roll here. Bonus it is on sale right now!!!

Containers

Before I dive too deep into this section I wanted to give you guys a heads up! The Container Store is currently having a 25% off sale on a lot of the items I will be linking!

I knew that I wanted to use lazy susans in the corners so I could maximize on using my space. Plus its the perfect way to store sauces and bottles. These were the only products that I bought from Amazon.

12in Lazy Susan

On the bottom shelf I knew that I wanted to have the boys snacks easily accessible especially for my 2 year old.  I decided on getting these large glass jars with metal lids to put all of our crackers or cookies in. I got 2 of the 1.5 Gal jars and 1 2qt jar. They have been my favorite pieces!!

Anchor Hocking Montana Glass Canisters

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Multipurpose bins are largely the biggest contributor to the pantry. I wanted a large box that was clear so I could see what was in them. It needed to hold large boxes of pasta or large chip bags. These have been heaven sent! I ended up getting 5 XL Multipurpose Bins for chips, pasta, baking items, cake mixes and boxed dinners. 1 Large Multipurpose Bin for microwave popcorn bags. 1 Medium Multipurpose Bin for boxed broth and 1 small Multipurpose Bin for all those granola bars.

Multi-Purpose Bins

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My next big obstacle was how to store my canned food. I have seen many people store their cans on a tiered shelving unit. But I have a lot of canned food and didn’t want to devote all of my space to store them. So I went a more compact route with these wire can racks. I have really enjoyed them and they have saved me on space. I ended up purchasing 5 of these bad boys.

White Gravity-Feed Can Rack

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I’m a huge love of hot air popcorn but storing all the bottles of kernels was the biggest pain! So I decided why not display them in a pretty container!? Which is when I found this plastic little number! Its so fun to pour my kernels into the hot air popper.

Hermetic Acrylic Canisters

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I have always hated storing paper plates or plastic utensils. I hate that the plastic around them just remains open as you try to finish the pack off. My packs of paper plates always looked messy and out of control and heaven forbid if they fell. Which is why I got that acrylic magazine sleeve!!! It’s narrow and my plates and extra utensils fit in there perfectly!!! You can see it in the top left of the above picture. It has made me feel so tricky!

Acrylic Magazine Slipcase

I like to keep a few extra rolls of paper towels and ziploc bags in the pantry and the remainder gets stored out in the storage room in the garage. But I didn’t necessarily want to see these items all the time. So I opted for a white container instead of a clear container and they have done that trick! I purchased 2 large white bins. I then needed something that had low sides but could still hold enough fruit snacks to satisfy my 2 year olds addiction. I opted for 1 small bin. Which you can also see in the above picture.

White Plastic Storage Bins with Handles

I buy things in bulk because a lot of the time it saves my large family money. So I knew I needed a large container to store all of our pancake mix, oatmeal and rice. But they needed to be air tight. Enter these cute little numbers. I got 1 in the 4qt size for our pancake mix and 2 in the 2.5qt for the rice and oatmeal!

ProKeeper 4 qt. Flour Container

ProKeeper 2.5 qt. Sugar Container

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I used to buy the cereal in the giant bags. Because my kids would eat it like it was going to disappear soon. Now they suddenly resent cereal… can’t imagine why. So I opted to buy smaller cereal containers to fit a normal sized box instead of a gigantic bag! These are air tight and will keep your cereal from getting stale. Which was another problem because no one could manage to close the bag. The nerve.

4.1 qt. ProKeeper Cereal Dispenser

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Under the bottom shelf with my boys snacks I store my bulk flour and sugar. I HATED trying to wrestle a giant bag to pour most of it on the floor while trying to get some in my smaller container to bake with. I mean, I can’t be the only one. These bad boys are big enough to hold like a lot of flour or sugar. I’ve never filled them all the way. But a 25lb bag fits with lots of room. They are air tight so no worries about bugs or the like! These I actually purchased in October of last year from Wayfair. Bonus they are on sale right now!! Catch a glimpse of these in the first picture under my glass containers.

Weathertight 46.6 qt Plastic Storage Tote

Along with my wallpaper I also purchased some pantry labels from the Classy Clutter shop! I love that you can choose from different colors and they are an actual sticker. Not vinyl that takes all your will power to apply. I also found another shop on etsy that I plan on using to finish ordering labels from since they are customizable!

Label All the Things – Pantry

Label All the Things - Pantry

Lets Get Working

Now for the hard work!! I started by pulling everything out of my pantry and grouping it in like items on the counters.

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Honestly this part was a little bit overwhelming. There was so much stuff in there but it also gave me some relief to see a clean slate and what I was working with.
I then wiped off all the shelves and encourage you to give it a quick refresh on paint if they need it. Mine were done a few months prior so I skipped this step. You’ll be amazed at what a little paint can do!
Next step is to apply your wallpaper. I won’t go too in depth into this because I have another post coming on how to wallpaper. But don’t be afraid to do it. They have wallpaper that you get wet and apply to the wall, that is what I used, or there is peel and stick wallpaper. It’s literally a giant sticker. Both of which come off of the wall just as easy as it is to apply it.

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The final step is to put all your food into their designated containers. Follow your list and organize them in a manner on the shelves that makes the most sense for the space and needs of your family. I waited to label mine for about a week. That way if I wanted to move anything or swap out containers then I had that option and wasn’t married to my first choice. Going through and labeling after will give you that sense of self accomplishment!!

That about covers it!!! I need to order a few more containers for my spaghetti sauces and hot chocolate and a few randos. But for now I’m satisfied! I love it so much and plan on upgrading the light fixture later this summer after I get a better feel for how I want my kitchen to look. So I’ll leave you with a couple hot tips.

Hot Tip #1:

Remove as much packaging as possible. I am blown away at how much room I actually have in a before cramped pantry!! It has also helped me keep it more clean with my kids getting in it multiple times a day.

Hot Tip #2:

If after filling up your container you still have some food left in the package just store it behind your container. I have done that in several areas in my pantry.

Hot Tip #3:

If you are worried about getting rid of packaging because it has the instructions for how to cook said item. Then cut the instructions out and tape them to the back of the container.

Do you feel ready and inspired to go start your own pantry makeover!? I hope so!!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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10 Tips To A Cleaner More Tidy Home Everyday

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I have struggled with keeping that picture perfect house every second of every day. I mean who hasn’t? And I have like a thousand kids, so double whammy for me. But I have recently started doing a few things that are super easy, every day, that don’t take up more than an hour to 90 minutes of my day. Which I love. Because who has time to clean all day errrryday!!?? So here are my tips, in to specific order.

Bonus: I also have a few tips that will help your home feel more orderly. The reason I include these, because they don’t need to be done everyday, is because when your house feels free of clutter, so does your mind and then that peaceful, I can tackle anything mood, can enter. So! Let’s get to tidying!!

#1: Clean off all clutter from all catch all surfaces. Heaven knows I have 2 places in my house that catch ALL the clutter. The bar, and the dresser in my bedroom (cough, my husband, cough) The bar is one of the first things that you see when you enter my house. So when I walk through the door and see a pile of random things on the counter I instantly get a little antsy. I have the same problem when I sit up in bed first thing in the morning and see a pile of change and receipts on my dresser. Try cleaning these surfaces off every day. Or adding a cute decorative basket that can be used to house all of the random’s instead of the surface itself. That way you can empty it a few times a week to keep things tidy.

#2: Set a timer for 20 minutes and speed clean. Pick things up like your life depended on it. If you work hard enough you can count it as your workout for the day! That’s a win in my book! But seriously, setting a timer and speed cleaning my house has made the BIGGEST difference. My boys get in on it and think it’s fun to see who can clean up the fastest. Many hands make light work! But this way your house work won’t fall so far behind. Phew!

#3: Clear your bathroom counters from any morning chaos debris. My family is a whirlwind in the morning. Getting the boys to the bus on time and Jud out the door to work on time and then myself and my two other boys to preschool and speech makes for a chaotic morning. Which means nothing got put away. Now while I am still trying to work on getting everyone to get 1 thing out and put that 1 thing back before getting another, my counters in my bathroom are still in disarray. So I started to clear them off everyday. Which probably takes me a whooping 1 minute per bathroom since most of it goes back in 1 drawer and there aren’t many things out. But trust me, there was a time when I never cleared the counters and just left them all week. Bleck!! Pretty soon we would have a mountain of gel, combs, beard wax, blow dryers and curling irons. You can add this step to your 20 minute blitz if you feel you can fit it in.

#4: Put your laundry hampers in your closets. I actually just started doing this one. I have always had Jud and I’s laundry hamper out for the world to see in our bedroom and 1 in the bathroom. But here’s the thing about laundry hampers. They represent a chore that needs done and just how caught up or far behind you are on that chore. I try really really hard to create an inspiring, relaxing and romantic feeling in our master bedroom. That is the one room the kids are not allowed to bring their toys into. No one eats in there. It’s a place for Jud and I to retreat to after a long day just be together. Which led me to putting our laundry hampers in the closet. I was reading my book, Home Body, the new one by Joanna Gains, and she talked about creating the same feeling in her master bedroom. Then she talked about what the laundry hamper represents. It 100% resonated with me. I always kept it out just because it was easier to get to. But gone are the days of ease. I want relaxation!!!

#5: Do your dishes after every meal. Yes. Every. Meal. In a family of 6 there is always someone eating. Like really, it’s insane. Some one always has a snack of some sort. Which leads to a mountain of dishes every morning. Bleck, the smell of left over dishes is more than I can handle some days. So I started doing the dishes after every meal. Now lets me honest here, I don’t ALWAYS get the few lunch dishes put in the dish washer until I am getting ready to make dinner. But the point is that you are always loading your dishwasher with grimy dishes. That way you can always start it when it is full and never have a full dishwasher of dirty dishes when you need to put all of your dinner dishes in the wash. Dinner is typically our biggest meal of the day since we only eat breakfast together on weekends and lunches are an even more rare thing. But dinner, dinner is important and we have a family dinner at the dining table almost every single night. My sanity and stress level is always lowered when I see a clean sparkly sink smiling back at me.

#6: Light a candle or refresh your scentsy. I realize this might seem like a frivolous thing. BUT we are talking about creating a more relaxing, welcoming and tidy environment right? And hygge is a huge part of my home and lifestyle. I’ll have a whole post on this later. A fresh smelling room is always more welcoming that a stuffy one. I LOVE the ambiance a candle puts off and scentsy has my heart with their millions of scents. I try to refresh my scentsys at least 1 time a week. They usually are about running out by then and I love that I can change up the scent every week. I always buy candles on clearance at Wal-Mart any time I go in. I always have one going on my stove top and one on my dresser in my master.

#7: Make your beds daily. Yes, every bed in your house needs to be made daily. This is a hard habit to start, trust me I know, but once you get it going it’s hard to quit and you’ll feel unkempt all day if you don’t make it before you leave the house, trust me I’ve also been there. My kids don’t usually get their beds made first thing in the morning, especially because two of them share a bed and 1 of those 2 is still sleeping when my older boys go to school. But they do make them when they get home from school. I recently invested in Beddy’s and haven’t looked back since. My 4 year old can even make his bed!! I highly suggest you look into them.

#8: Place toys in an organized way or in a hidden area. If you can hide them. Organize them. Am I right? My boys toys are currently in a large closet in our family room. Which is where we spend a lot of our time as a family in the evenings. So hiding the mass of toys was a must for me. It will soon be getting an organization makeover but in the mean time they are hidden. When my oldest was little and I was pregnant with my second I kept all of his toys in the front room just in a basket next to the wall. It was total anarchy. It didn’t last long and looking back I think all I did was pick toys up. When they are out of sight out of mind they are less likely to get out a ton. Which I am all for. Especially with a 2 year old.

#9: Vacuum or sweep the area that is most dirty. I would say always clean all the floors but if you are like me you’ll add this into your 20 minute blitz. So I opt to clean the floor that is the most dirty. Which more often than not is our kitchen due to all the food and high traffic. I am always amazed at what a difference and the difference in feeling once a room has been vacuumed or swept.

#10: Store hanging cords or controls in a hidden space. This may seem like a no brainier but I was looking at a couple rooms in my home the other day and realized that there were cords everywhere!! My night stand is a common place for cords. So I took a few zip ties and zip tied them together in a bunch and then tapped them to the back of the leg of my night stand. You can’t even see them now and it feels SO much simpler. You can also hid the cords from your TV if it is mounted on the wall. The other thing I noticed were PS4 controllers and remotes everywhere in my family room. So I added a cute basket to the top drawer of the credenza that our TV stands on to place such things in. Now they are safe and not getting stepped on by a certain toddler that thinks it’s hilarious.

 

So many of these things are things that I do daily and a few that I have done recently to make my daily life more peaceful and harmonious with my heart. I highly encourage you to start a daily blitz routine. It has made the biggest difference in my life and I know that it will in yours too.