I've been working on this pantry for a few weeks now. A Google search for "Closet turned pantry" led me all over the web and finally I landed on Toni's little slice of it . Little did I know I would then be sucked into an entire Organization Challenge. I am glad though. No, really I am.
So we have a kitchen that's a bit awkward. It's not exactly small, it's just laid out really strange. It's not very user friendly. This is the 3rd time in 7 months that I've rearranged it. The original pantry has lots of room but it's so deep that things keep getting pushed to the back and lost in there and I end up buying something at the store that I don't need.
That's when I decided to turn our hall coat closet into our new pantry. I'm so glad I did. It works really well.
|Before held dog food...|
|...and coats and other misc stuff.|
I put all the misc stuff where it belonged, and hung the coats in a different area of the house.
I didn't ever take a before picture of the original pantry. I did remember to take a picture of the spice drawer though.
|Messy little guys all scattered about.|
I'm almost finished with it. I hope to get all matching bins eventually, but this will definitely do for now. It's much more user friendly and I can easily see everything we have or what we are almost out of.
|Spices, candles, tea, baking supplies.|
|Needs some shuffling around but works for now.|
|I love a stocked pantry.|
I'm not kidding about the stocked pantry. I remember some very lean days in my past. We were lucky to have peanut butter and canned tuna. There were many days that I made sure my kids ate but there wasn't enough for me. Not a good feeling. Anywhoo...
|Lunch boxes and rags. Hey hangers, you're not supposed to be there anymore!|
|More spices, snacks and misc stuff.|
The closet is at such an awkward angle it's hard for me to get a good picture of the entire thing. I have to back all the way to the wall just to get these shots. It looks fabulous and works so much better. I just pull out the spice baskets when I'm cooking and put them back afterward. The only downside I've noticed is that my 2 year old has easy access to snacks now. Oh well, not a big deal.
Thanks Toni for the inspiration for this!