Spring Cleaning Project # 3: the pantry

I’m back with another spring cleaning project for ya!  This week, we take on the pantry.  I hope you’ll join in on the fun.  ;)  For those of you who are new here, we are working our way through our homes, one project at a time, to get them in tip-top shape, just in time for summer!

This week has been crazy busy in the Dyer household.  We are preparing for a week long vacation in California.  I am ecstatic and can’t wait to site-see San Francisco, LA, and San Diego.  But before I can enjoy myself in this sunny state, I have lots of projects to finish up for you guys to enjoy while I’m gone.  :)

So, let’s get back to this week’s spring cleaning project… the pantry.  We currently rent our 3 bedroom home in South Austin and we are pretty fortunate to have a nice sized walk-in pantry.  While having a large space is often times desired, it can quickly become a disorganized mess if you don’t take the time to go through it every once and a while and weed out the unnecessary items.

Here is a picture of what our pantry looks like in it’s current state.  You can see how  the shelves are over-run by a hodge-podge of food, baking supplies and serveware {we just got married last November and accumulated a ton of great kitchen gear}.  It appears that we have outgrown this space due to it’s chaos.


Scary right??  It’s amazing how quickly our pantry got to this state.  I promise it didn’t look like this before the wedding… so there must be a light at the end of this tunnel.  ;)

Here are a few tips to help you clean out the pantry:

  • Start by clearing everything off of the shelves.  Starting with a blank slate is the way to go!
  • Sort all of the stuff you removed from the shelves.  Place like items together.
  • Decide which items to keep in the pantry and which items to find a new home for elsewhere.
  • Sort through the food items.  Get rid of any food items that are expired or you no longer eat.  (This is especially true for spices!)
  • Put things back on the shelves in an organized way.  Place like items together.  Put items that are used daily on the middle shelves so that they are at arms reach.  Place items that are rarely used on the top and bottom shelves.

With a little elbow grease and some time set aside to conquer this space, check out the transformation!


I can’t believe how well this space turned out!  It is far more user friendly and it just looks so much better now that it’s organized.  Even Danny was impressed when he walked in to check it out!  It’s a work in progress… I’ve got a few more tricks up my sleeve for organizing the pantry, but we’ll get to that another day.  ;)

Crafting a life homemade,



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