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Ok, the idea wasn't totally original but....inspired <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I was at my aunt's house last night and while looking for cups for the kids, I noticed she had no food in her cupboards. Everything looked so nice and everything was in a free-standing pantry.<br><br>
Well, right now, we have a basement where we keep all our food storage but keep some stuff in the cupboards upstairs. They are very cluttered, full of things we don't use regularly and I have an awful habit of looking in them every 10 minutes if I'm bored <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
So I thought, why not keep all the non-perishables together in the basement, except my spice cupboard with things I use a lot or like to have close on hand. I have all my dishes stacked in a teeny tiny cupboard so you have to move everything if you want a plate. The cups are all stacked and impossible to get at, same with mugs. Plus we have let this become an area to stash all our papers and junk (we went through all the paper already).<br><br>
So we're going to put the dishes in the food cupboard, the cups and mugs in the "snack" cupboard (it's become a place to stick everything lately) and I'm going to put all my kitchen linens in the old dish cupboard. I should also have room for my *gasp* cookbooks! The linens are currently on a little bakers rack that jams the basement door, making it almost impassible.<br><br>
I'm really excited about this! It will make things easier, well worth the minor annoyance of having to go up and down the stairs to get things. Maybe it will give me the incentive to meal plan <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> . I'm going to start tomorrow and I should do before and after pics <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. I don't know why I didn't think of this before. Probably because it makes sense, lol!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> yes, a free standing pantry is the way to go! Let us know how it goes!
 

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Actually we're not going to be using a pantry (we just don't have the room as I've considered it). We have shelves and shelves in the basement.<br><br>
It's looking kind of daunting right now. Sooo much stuff crammed in there. The dish cupboard isn't too bad right now seeing as though I haven't done dishes since <span style="font-size:xx-small;">Saturday</span>
 

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Wow, this has made me rethink my food/dish storage.<br><br>
I don't have a free-standing pantry or basement for storing food, but this has got me thinking "outside the box". I have a very cluttered food storage area in my cupboard. so I want to do something different. Thanks! I'll update if I figure out what I want to do! Lol!
 

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Well, it's looking great! I have to put the finishing touches on it before taking pictures, but it is really going to work well. I can't believe the stuff I was able to throw away!! Wow! It's going to be a big change going to the basement for everything, but at least I won't be able to mindlessly eat and now I have something nicer to look at as I try to get in the habit of realizing, there's no food in the cupboard (well, there's still some, but not stuff I'm intrested in).<br><br>
LionTigerBear, I'd love to see what you do if you decide to make a change!
 

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Waiting for pictures<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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OK, I have the pics, I just have to put them on the computer them upload them. I'll do that while I'm looking around MDC <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Ok, here's the link to the folder where I have the pics: <a href="http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/0903/bwylde/Cupboards/" target="_blank">http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/09...lde/Cupboards/</a><br><br>
And here's the link to the video arrangement I made: <a href="http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/0903/bwylde/Cupboards/?action=view&current=5ffcaf18.pbr" target="_blank">http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/09...t=5ffcaf18.pbr</a><br><br>
Now I'll warn you, I have a lot of things in there that crunchy people just shouldn't have in their cupboards <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">:. I did throw a lot out. I think there was a good two bags of compost to put out from things we don't eat, stale food, ect.. It is so nice to have clean cupboards although it's hard to get used to.
 

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To take it one step further I have no food in my kitchen outside of spices and whats in the fridge. I have a free standing pantry in the dining area across from the kitchen for all my baking items and use the shelving in my closet for canned goods. My kitchen is way to small to hold food! I'm actually looking at getting another cupboard just for large appliances like the rotisserie, bread machine ect because there just kinda sitting around taking up counter space and making things look cluttered. Anyway, the kitchen cupboards are for dishes and appliances to me<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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