And this is how it looks now...
I've been riding on a high ever since I finished it, often leaving the doors open to bask in the tidiness. I started by taking a quick inventory of what we frequently have on hand and wrote a list of how many and what types of containers we needed. I went to Walmart and got: 5 cereal containers, 4 ice trays, 2 large woven baskets, 2 medium bins, and 2 twist top clear jugs. I already had 8 clear canisters to use.
I used chalkboard paint and chalk markers to label the containers for oatmeal, noodles, chips, cookies, dips, brown rice, yellow cornmeal, breadcrumbs, and cider/cocoa.
I used tags and twine that I already had to label brown sugar, powdered sugar, instant potatoes and white rice.
The clear jugs keep icecream cones/toppings and taco shells airtight and fresh.
I used a container/shelf from our refrigerator that we weren't using to hold all baking supplies (cakemix, chocolate chips, muffin mix, cupcake liners, bisquick, nuts, etc)
Bread, cookies/crackers, and chips each got there own medium sized bin. I used the baskets
for onions/potatoes and napkins/paper goods.
Now, not only is it so much quicker grabbing what we need, but grocery list making takes no time. Everything is in eyesight and I can tell exactly what is running low. And it's just crazy how much space is left over!
So why is this just part one?
There is a part two, but it's not about what is on the inside...