This is a great week as we have another Project Design: Pantry Organization! My take is: Five Steps To Organize A Rental Pantry. In case you are new, we are renting a 100-year-old apartment in a high rise in San Francisco. I love our apartment but I am not crazy about the dated kitchen. Annie, Cindy and I have an editorial calendar of Project Design topics…and I was dreading doing our pathetic pantry.
But good news! I’m so happy I did it and you will be, too! You will be inspired by the other bloggers’ awesome ideas that are linked at the end of the post.
Five Steps To Organize A Rental Pantry (Or Any Pantry)
Step One: Remove Everything
Yes, I know you don’t like this part. No one does! It’s the same thing I request when organizing bookshelves. Put everything on the floor or counters and discard expired items (we had a corroded really old baking powder can and some other gross things).
Step Two: Wash the Shelves, Walls, Etc.
This felt so great!
Step Three: Apply Removable Wallpaper or Paint If Desired
I used a black and white check from Target. Don’t look too closely as there are some mistakes (I blame the installer–me). But you can hardly notice them once it’s loaded. And I used a black grip shelf liner from Target.
Step Four: Organize Your Items With Baskets and Bin Labels
Step Five: Add Some Decorative Elements
Like a notepad and clipboard (similar) for grocery lists, cookbooks (so glad to have them off the counter) and trays.
This tray, made from the old SF Giants scoreboard, was a gift to my husband. It works in black and white!
It’s not perfect but it makes me a lot happier. And those are “Five Steps To Organize A Rental Pantry!”
And since some people were asking where the pot/pans/liquor went…I put them in the adjacent deep cupboard. The most used pots and pans are in front and the others in the back (the roasters, etc are above this cupboard). The liquor was “edited” and put in rows by type on the bottom shelf since it’s not used that often.
Here is the other side of the kitchen…
And this is the view from the dishwasher.
And now let’s see what these lovely ladies have in store for us…