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Entries in baskets (2)


Organizing the Pantry

It's done! It's done! And it didn't take a millenium to complete! I am, of course, referring to my little pantry project. In case you don't recall, Hurricane Sandy + Jill Vegas' School of Speed Decorating class = pantry project. When I last left you, having cleaned, organized, planned and shopped, all I had left to do was wait for my packages to come rolling in and have everything installed. Taking my own advice, I did obtain the help of a professional so as not to repeat my mistakes of the past.

But to really understand the scope of my problem, I have to start with where I began. Here is an annotated depiction of my "before" pantry:


And here is the pencil-sketched plan I drew up, complete with measurements, placements and product details:

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Baskets, Baskets Everywhere!

Ah, my basement. Like most basements it has become a catch all for almost all of my “extra” stuff and all of the kids toys. The basement is finished and has a den, guest bedroom/office, full bathroom downstairs and laundry room. Oh, and there are four storage closets. There is a lot going on down there.

Have I ever told you I married a hoarder? Yes, it’s true. You can find old baseball mitts, law school notebooks, random landscape photos from trips abroad, golf score cards and clubs, old datebooks and painted tin soldiers. I think hoarding is contagious. My daughters have started to show some tendencies too. For them it’s every single paper they ever colored, drew on or received from school/church/parties. Oh, the insanity!

Enough with it all. We have guests coming this weekend and I can’t ignore this area of my house with all of this stuff. So off I went to buy baskets, boxes and anything else that will stylishly store or hide these items.

My stop included a local antique market, Catchware (a local home goods store) and Home Depot.

First up is my guest/husband’s bathroom. He needs something to put all of his extra bath products in; I need for it to look stylish and inviting for our guests. Luckily I found these bamboo rectangular storage baskets. The small one is used for his extra bath products (which I hide in the closet). The larger one is used to put extra bath towels and hand towels for our guests.


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