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In the Pantry (part 1)

No. of times up during the night: 1 x feeding bubs, 1 x take child back to bed, 1 x change pyjamas on child who wet the bed.

Rise and shine: 7.00am

Chocolate consumed: A handful of maltesers

Toilet timeouts: 0

On the menu: McDonalds (after picking up hubby from hospital after a minor surgery, it was around dinnertime, so we succumbed to the golden arches)

All kids in bed by: 8.15pm

My bedtime: 9.30pm

Today I…

Spent half the day at the hospital with hubby. Tidied and vacuumed the master bedroom. Washed the princess’s bedding.

In the Pantry

Still on day 5 of 31 Days to an Organised Home (organising my pantry) and although I didn’t get any more done today I promised photos, so here is a before shot and the first shelf I organised.

BEFORE

Pretty chaotic. I couldn’t fit the bottom shelf into the shot, which has potatoes, onions, bottles of drink and other miscellaneous things. There are bits and pieces of past attempts at organisation in there, such as the stripey box, which holds snacks for the kids (this system has been working really well for me as they know exactly what snacks they are allowed to have). You can also see I have most of my spreads and sauces grouped together on a round tray.

AFTER

Shelf 1 (aka The Bottom Shelf)

I’ve still kept potatoes, onions, drinks, etc on the bottom shelf, but it’s much more organised. Here’s a break down of what I’ve done:

*THRIFTY TIP* The potatoes are in an old Coke box lined with newspaper. I covered the box with white butcher’s paper and labelled it, just so it looks nicer than a Coke box. It’s a cheap and easy way to make a potato box if you don’t have one and the potatoes keep better than if you leave them in their plastic bag (which tends to sweat).

– The onions I’ve put in a cheap white plastic basket I bought in a group of 4 (the other baskets will be used elsewhere in the pantry). I’m hoping this will solve the problem of loose onion skins littering the bottom of my pantry.

– Although I keep a fruit bowl out on the table in the dining room, I find that a) I usually have too much fruit to fit in there (my kids eat a LOT of fruit) and b) if I put all the fruit out at once the kids tend to eat it within a day or two, but if I store most of it in the pantry it lasts a bit longer until the next shopping day. What I’ve done here is use plastic containers (that apples and pears sometimes come in) to store the fruit in a more organised way than in their bags (which round fruit is notorious for rolling out of). The oranges are in a plastic bowl.

– Drinks are now lined up in a more orderly fashion, making it easier to locate what I need instead of having to pull half the bottles out just to find the juice. Oils and vinegar are lined up along the side.

– I’ve stuck labels in front of everything (using white paper and a black marker) in hopes that other members of the household will put things back where they belong.
Next post I will continue with shelf number two.

In the Pantry Part 2

In the Pantry Part 3

In the Pantry Part 4

In the Pantry Part 5

 
 

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