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Entries in pantry (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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Getting Started: Organizing the Pantry

All one needs to do is search on Pinterest for "pantry" to see beautiful, enormous, light-filled, precisely organized food storage spaces. French doors. A bevy of swing out doors and drawers. And an endless assortment of perfectly matched and possibly labeled containers. Let's be clear: THIS IS NOT MY PANTRY. Mine is a not-quite 2 ft x 2 ft x 8 ft space with no light and five (albeit adjustable) shelves.  It is crammed to the gills with food and other kitchen wares. The front half has some rough sense of order. The back, not so much. After telling myself for all these months that I was going to make some sense of that space, I've finally done it. Well, sort of...

Original image from Amy Azzarito's DesignSponge tour of the New Hampshire home of Ryan and Emerson Fry.

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