My old house was lacking good storage for "paperwork" so I'd gotten in the (bad) habit of putting items like taxes, instruction manuals, old photos, etc. in the lower part of my hutch. That wasn't really a problem until I got married and received a ton of kitchen goodies. The overflow of cheese knives, tupperware, cake plates, and serving pieces had been relegated to boxes in the garage or basement. What a shame!
So this weekend I set out with a mission:
- Move the paperwork and office junk to the office (what a concept, right?!) from the hutch
- Move the cookbooks off the pantry shelf into the new-found hutch space
- Move less frequently used kitchen items to additional new-found space in the hutch (I seriously had a LOT of junk in that thing!)
- Clean out the pantry
- Cover the pantry shelves in new contact paper
- Re-organize the pantry
- Do a happy dance
|Here's the pantry door with one of my favorite old reinvented pieces (it was a tea tray that Mom turned into a chalkboard!)|
|And here's the messy disorganized contents. I'd already moved a couple things to the bottom shelf where all the cookbooks had been shoved.|
|Here you can see it all empty--ahh, the yellow!|
|Everything that had been in the pantry|
Then it was time to reorganize all the contents. I put all the cereals and breakfast goodies on the top shelf. The next shelf is full of grains (rice, pasta, barley, etc). The next and easiest shelf to access is filled with snack foods like almonds, granola bars, and crackers. The fourth shelf holds the items that I don't need to access frequently like breadcrumbs, pancake mix, bread mixes, etc. I was also able to carve out some space here for water bottles that had been clogging up space with our glasses. And the bottom shelf now holds all of Porter's goodies like bones, peanut butter, green beans, etc.
The door unit holds canned goods, back stock of items like ketchup, dried fruits, etc. It makes me happy to be able to see what I've got and know which shelf holds the items I'm looking for!
|And for good measure I added this week's menu on the board as a finishing touch.|
|It's a work in progress, but at least all my cookbooks are in one, easy-to-see place now. (Don't mind the frames leaning on the side and stuff on top--that's for another day)|
|I love this old hutch. Mom found this for me years ago. We took out the screens that were in the doors.|
|And finally, the lower portion holds overflow kitchen items like paper goods, tupperware, tins and cake plates.|