I’m hoping if I treat my pantry like a decor/art project maybe, just maybe, it will be too pretty for me to trash a la Hurricane Jenn. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?
Ummm… so I guess it was kind of abused from the start. Moving on!
Leave it to me to build a house + then do something like this to it. Bad Jenn! Bad!
Hookay, so here’s how it went down:
I was desperate for some pretty glass storage containers to fill with pastas, grains, nuts, seeds, etc… but needed a more affordable option. Lucky for me, I have an uber expensive indulgence that comes in a pretty glass bottle. Suddenly the $4 a pop I spend on my “happy tea” doesn’t seem quite so indulgent.
I just blatantly lied to you, they’re still ridiculously expensive and indulgent in my eyes. I haven’t had a kombucha in two weeks and this weekend i’m going to close my eyes, swipe my credit card, and hope for the best. Wait.. what were we talking about again?
Ridiculously expensive FREE glass containers!
So typically, I either recycle these bottles or upcycle them in a paint project.
This time I had bigger plans for them.
You can pick up these chic adhesive alphabet stickers from your local craft store, or even make your own! These Recollections Alpha Stacks cost roughly $5 for a 450pk but often go on sale for 40% off. Some craft stores will put out weekly coupons so when in doubt, google before you buy! <3 Of course I snagged mine with a 40%-off coupon from Michael’s Craft Store — My mom taught me never to pay full price for anything… So naturally I’m still using my discounted laptop from college and driving my first [less than gently used] car from high school. I think I’ve gotten my money’s worth by now
I don’t think I’ll ever outgrow stickers! =)
I used a single letter to label each item. Q for Quinoa, P for Panko, and so on.
To remove the wrap-around label, run your bottle under super hot water for a few seconds. Reduce the temp so it doesn’t burn your hands, [keep it as hot as you can handle! hehe] and continue to run bottle under the hot water as you gently peel the label off. If you’re patient the entire thing will come off in one piece, but if not, continue to run under water and “roll” the remaining label off with your thumb. Goo-Gone or polish remover will pick up any leftover bits! A Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover will remove the date stamp from the lid, if needed.
Some of these came from bulk bins, and others were liberated from their bulky cardboard boxes. It looks 100x better with them all in the same container, and the labels help tired chefs avoid mishaps. Plus they’re super cute and unified with their snazzy new labels.
I decided to take everything that would eventually end up all over the pantry [spices, snacks, baking supplies, nuts, tea, etc...] and toss it into plastic boxes and drawers. I’ve been holding onto these little storage carts since college and they just keep coming in handy! You can pick them up virtually anywhere and they’re uber affordable. I can’t recommend these enough! Clutter-busters extraordinaire.
Naturally I had to label them! <3
My in-laws gave me a package of plastic storage boxes during the move and, at the time, I had no idea what to do wit them! How perfect are these for the pantry? Now my spices and canned goods are neat and organized.
No pantry? Maximize those cabinets! Glass bottled pastas, cereals, and nuts are way more space saving than bulky bags and boxes. Streamline your storage by slimming it down into thrifted or upcycled bottles and jars. Labels tie them all together and make it super easy to find everything! Regardless of your food storage situation, a little organization goes a loooong way.
For more tips on organizing + decorating your kitchen, [click here]
Phew! Now I need a nap!
What’s in need of organization in your home? Or, if you’re ahead of the game, what’s your most organized room? =)