I will start by admitting that I lurk over here but haven't posted in this particular area of MDC. So Hi! I am a mommy to a soon to be 10 month old baby girl, wife, part time social worker, with 4 cats and a dog. Which is essentially my excuse for the disaster for the mess I am about to post on the internet I thrive on organization so the fact that I am living like this right now eats away at me. I live in about 1200sq ft of finished space. We also have a full unfinished basement that I am not utilizing for food items beyond the deep freezer. My kitchen is smallish but I have some decent cupboard space, mostly used for dishes and a few small appliances, cutting boards, and linens. Our home is only 5 years old.
I am in dire need of reorganizing my pantry. It is a wasted space and I need to do a major overhaul and figure out what to do without costing much money. My current arrangement:
I would think it is 3 feet wide. My main issue is that the house came with these 3 wire shelves. They are too far apart so things have to be stacked. The bottom third of the closet is open space (currently pet food and those drawers hold pet items). My 'organization' is top shelf baking, middle: cereals, snacks, sauces and oils. Bottom shelf: canned and grains. I participate in a local coop and have been buying more bulk which is causing some major overflow. Also, my baby is now eating solids and table foods so I have more stuff on hand for her. The paper bag on the floor holds potatoes and onions.
So all you organizers out there...what should I do? I need a major change. I have a whole other closet in the mud room off from the kitchen that can be utilized for the pet stuff. I have through about finding a way to utlitize it for the overflow of bulk when I buy sale items and end up with multiple bags of tortilla chips for example. Right now it is a disaster and I will shamefully post a pic so you see the other space I have to work with...Honestly there are things up there that I should purge...
It is probably 6 feet wide, again just the 3 wire shelves. This pic is the top 2/3. Right now holds a lot of various items, bottom part has the vacuum, broom/mop and our 2 drawer filing cabinet.
My first idea is that I need to either remove the wire shelves or put wooden shelves between them to create more surface area..but also leave a shelve (or this whole second closet as is) for tall items. My dream would be to afford a custom closet look with nice clear containers to put my bulk items (flour, sugar, pasta, dry beans, nuts, etc) in. Money is tight though as we just had to replace our front door and now have to replace the flooring due to mold from the leaky door and DH's car died this week. When it rains it pours.
Help please! I would love to see pics for inspiration.