If you are tired of hearing about closets and pantries you might just want to skip this one...
I don't have any other fun, finished projects to share. Tons of unfinished projects, but I'll bet you are getting pretty tired of seeing those. I know I am. Yes, I am talking to you as if I have a regular following here for my (not so) daily dose of DIY goodness. HA! I pretty much feel like a blog failure. I'm kinda joking, but not totally. It's all for fun. But, if you don't mind, I am going to continue on with my illusions...
Since we are working on this big, seemingly never-ending purging, organizing, building, and decorating project, I have a serious shortage of spare time. Not that I had much to begin with. And I've been kind of cranky. Yeah, that's right. My desire for chocolate, wine, and escaping to a quiet room with a good book has increased lately. If only it happened regularly!!! (All, of course, after the kids have gone home for the day).
Previous posts about the under stair closet space here and here and here.
I have compiled a list of pantry items to help me with this organizing ordeal we've taken on. Haha. There are a few cooking and homemaking websites with more specialized "well stocked pantry" lists. They all have nice lists. Each had items that, in my book were keepers, and some not so necessary items. So, I compiled my own ~ based on what we use as a family, and the types of meals and snacks we like to have on hand. This list would probably be different for your family. I encourage you to create your own list. Or copy this and delete what you don't need and add what you do. Use this as an organizing tool when you set up your pantry space (look at me assuming everyone else has a disorganized pantry, like myself). It really comes in handy to know what items you need dedicated space for, when you are doing your space planning.
A "pantry" is simply a storage space for Non-perishable food items. It is what you make of it:
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A cabinet inside of your kitchen:
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A free-standing cabinet:
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You can create your own with a kitchen cart:
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Or a shelf (I like this crate shelf personally):
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Cover it with a curtain if you don't like the open shelf look.
It doesn't take a lot of money, or a grand built-in, walk-in pantry, to have an attractive and functional pantry space. What is most important is that it is conveniently located close to your kitchen, and it contains the items you need on a regular basis.
Here is the Pantry list I've compiled for our family:
Non-perishable Pantry Items
Seasonings, Sauces and CondimentsBalsamic vinegar
Beef Bouillon Granules
Chicken Bouillon Granules
Onion Soup Mix
Ranch Dressing Mix
Taco Seasoning Mix
Tomato Bouillon (granules or cubes for HM Spanish Rice, Taco Meat Seasoning & much more)
Vinegar (Cider, Rice & Red Wine)
White cooking wine
(You might want to add whatever spices, extracts and seasonings your family uses regularly...I keep my cooking spices in the kitchen, next to the stove, so I did not list them all here.)
Baking NeedsAlmond Extract
Bread Crumbs (regular and Panko)
Flour (all purpose and self-rising)
Jell-O packages (miscellaneous sizes and flavors for fruit salads)
Non-stick cooking spray
Sugar (granulated, confectioners, brown)
Re fried Beans
White Navy Beans
Fruit Cups (if you have children or don't like to shop often)
Guest Crackers (crackers for Hors d'Oeuvres)
Snack Crackers (Goldfish, Ritz, Wheat Thins)
Pasta and RiceEgg Noodles
Rice (brown, calrose, instant, wild)
Vegetables (Canned)Creamed Corn
Roasted Red Peppers
Rotel (diced tomatoes and green chilies)
Tomatoes (crushed, diced, sauce, and paste)
Water chestnuts, sliced
Other Canned GoodsBroth or Stock (beef, chicken, vegetable, tomato)
Coconut Milk (for Thai dishes)
Enchilada Sauce, red and green (my family prefers green)
Green Chilies, diced
Pasta Sauces (Spaghetti Sauce, Alfredo Sauce, Pesto)
Paper & PlasticCoffee Filters
Heavy Duty Foil
Plastic Baggies (Freezer and Storage, several different sizes)
If you are working on a purge and organization project of your own, I would love to hear about it! Leave a comment or even a link to your photos or post!
Thanks for stopping by,