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In the Pantry (part 4)

No. of times up during the night: 3 x feeding bubs

Rise and shine: 7.00am

Chocolate consumed: a couple of handfuls of maltesers (I’ve been doing well with the chocolate consumption lately ūüėÄ )

Toilet timeouts: 0

On the menu:  Cheesy potato and bacon soup with cheesy garlic bread.

All kids in bed by: 7.30pm

My bedtime: 9.30pm

Today I…

Washed wet bedding, took the princess to the doctor, went shopping, made a dent folding some of the washing in Mount Washpile.

In the Pantry

Today I’m sharing shelf 4 in my newly organised pantry as part of day 5 of 31 Days to an Organised Home.


Shelf four is mostly dedicated to my cooking supplies, however, in my chaotic pantry it was at the stage where I had to rummage around to find the ingredients I needed. If you look at the before picture, you can’t see any of my cooking supplies at all (apart from some cake mix boxes) as they are so hidden behind everything else.


This is actually my favourite shelf. I love how everything is so accessible and easy to locate now. Here’s the breakdown:

РAll my cake decorating bits, like food dye and birthday candles (which were previously in an ice cream container or scattered throughout my pantry) are now in a labelled white basket.

– That horrible inaccessible corner is great for stacking up my cake mixes.

*THRIFTY TIP* Washed out coffee jars (or jam jars) make great storage containers.

*THRIFTY TIP* I’ve made labels by cutting out the names from their packaging. For the custard I also made sure to cut out the instructions and taped them to the back of the jar.

*HANDY TIP* I used a couple of egg cartons taped together to lift the jars at the back, making them easier to see. I’ll probably end up covering them in white paper to look a bit nicer (you can see part of them through the breadcrumbs jar).

– Before I had the aluminium foil, baking paper and cling wrap stacked up on one side, but it wasn’t a very good system as I had to remove the ones on top to get to the one at the bottom and they were always falling down. Now they sit at the front of the shelf and are sooo much easier to access.

– The eggs were also a pain to access before. They were also stacked up (in egg cartons) on the side. I had to reach past so many things to get to them and I was always worried about the eggs falling out of the carton as I grabbed it. The eggs are now also at the front. I decided to have them in a basket instead of in their cartons as it solves the problem of having cartons stacked on top of one another and it also looks a lot nicer. Plus I had the basket sitting around not being used, so why not use it?

– Herbs and spices that didn’t fit in my spice rack, as well as stock cubes and other small cooking bits and pieces, are stored in a couple of shallow baskets.

The last shelf is still incomplete, but I should hopefully have it finished for the next post (a LOT of junk was stored up on the top shelf out of sight). Then I’ll finally be moving onto day 6: organising my kitchen. This is already looking like a big project!

In the Pantry Part 1

In the Pantry Part 2

In the Pantry Part 3

In the Pantry Part 5


Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Getting Organised, In the Kitchen


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In the Pantry (part 3)

No. of times up during the night: 2 x feeding bubs

Rise and shine: 7.40am

Chocolate consumed: a couple of handfuls of maltesers, hot chocolate

Toilet timeouts: 0

On the menu:  Capsicum ring quiches, hash browns, chicken omelettes (basically stuff I made up on the spot to use up some of our excess of eggs and potatoes)

All kids in bed by: 7.30pm

My bedtime: 10.45pm

Today I…

Started cleaning out the laundry.

In the Pantry

I’ve pretty much finished¬†day 5 of 31 Days to an Organised Home (organising my pantry). I just have a touch more organising to do on the top shelf. With the arrival of a new¬†freezer tomorrow I’ve had to turn my focus from the kitchen to the laundry so the freezer will fit.¬†Today on the blog, however, I’m sharing shelf three, which was probably the most disorganised shelf in the pantry.¬†A reminder of what my pantry looked like before:


Now onto the middle shelf:


Shelf 3

Here’s the breakdown:

– I’d like my crackers to be contained together somehow, but I didn’t have a container to fit that space, so at the moment they’re just stacked together in that corner in their boxes.

– My baby food is now all together in a labelled basket, making it easy to find if bubs needs a quick meal.

– My coffee, tea, etc is now a bit easier to access. Before it was in the corner behind everything and I was forever knocking things over trying to get to it. The teabags have been put into a labelled glass jar to keep them fresh; it’s also a more effective use of space than¬†leaving them in their box, which never seemed to fit anywhere properly.¬†I’ve also tidied and reorganised my tea and coffee area near the kettle with small jars I can refill so I don’t have to get the bigger jars/tins out of the pantry every time I make a cuppa.

– Biscuits are in a biscuit tin rather than opened packets so they don’t go stale. I’ve used baking paper to line the tin and also to separate different types of biscuits. The baking paper can be replaced when new biscuits are put in the tin–this is easier than having to clean the tin all the time.

– Condiments are still grouped together on the round tray as I like this system, but I’ve moved it to the centre of the shelf so I’m less likely to knock over bottles when reaching for other items (before it blocked off the corner with the coffee, etc).

– Meal bases are lined up in a shallow basket and I can just flick through them to find the one I want.

*HANDY TIP* I’ve been doing this with my soups for a while and it’s such a great system. Rather than having a heap of boxes of cup-a-soups taking up room in my pantry, I’ve used a narrow box (a basket would work just as well) and cut out the front of each soup¬†box to work like a file with packets placed behind their appropriate cover. Now if I feel like chicken noodle soup I only have to look at the top of the file to locate it (no sifting through boxes to find the right one!) To make it look even neater, I’ve used white paper and a black marker to cover the front of the box and label it.

– My tins of food section isn’t quite finished yet. I love the idea from this blog of having a set of steps to organise tinned food and currently have one of my hubby’s uncles making one up for me. In the meantime, I’ve made makeshift steps out of egg cartons. Having the steps means I can see the labels on the tins at the back and can access them more easily.

– Again I’ve used¬†white paper and a black marker to label where everything belongs.

P.S. Hubby is loving the new pantry so much he even showed it off to his mum! My MIL is notorious for her cleaning and she complimented it, too! Now if only I could get the rest of the house as organised.

Two more shelves to share.

In the Pantry Part 1

In the Pantry Part 2

In the Pantry Part 4

In the Pantry Part 5


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