Saturday, January 6, 2018

My Farmhouse Style Pantry Organization Makeover

Pretty farmhouse style pantry organization makeover ideas
There are few things nicer than a newly organized space. If you are looking for some pretty and practical farmhouse style pantry organization ideas, stick around! My pantry had been a hot mess and I needed to get it under control. After looking at some different pantry organization ideas on Pinterest, I had an idea of the direction I needed to go but I needed to execute it farmhouse style!

I work a lot with Cost Plus World Market in a few different contexts. I sent them a list of all my pantry organization ideas and they agreed to partner with me to make my pantry organization makeover a reality! (Thanks, World Market!)

Almost every item used in this makeover can be purchased at World Market stores or on the World Market website. Check out the Shop This Project section at the bottom for links to where you can buy everything I used!

How I Organized My Pantry:
A Farmhouse Style Pantry Makeover



Before

Every good pantry organization makeover needs before shots, right? If we go all the way back to my "Meet the Farmhouse" tour you can see what we had to start with:
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We ripped out the gross carpet, painted the walls and put things away. We were putting our money into other parts of the house so organizing my pantry and making it beautiful were not my priorities. We were mostly using the jars we had from the townhouse pantry and bins from the dollar store. 

Then life happened and after a year it looked like this:
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I'd almost rather post pictures of myself in a swimsuit than show you guys the ugly, cluttery parts of my house so if you have unkind things to say to me about "how could I let my house get in such a state?!?" please don't. But let's be real: I have at least one friend whose pantry also looks about like this so I know I'm not alone out there with the chaotic pantry. Am I right, ladies?


After


Beautiful farmhouse pantry organization ideas
I feel like I can hear the angels singing! Now this is what I call pantry organization!

Normally I close up the pantry but it's just so pretty to look at and it makes me happy so I've been leaving the doors open like this lately because even when my kitchen is a hot mess with dishes in the sink, my pretty, organized pantry makes me all kinds of giddy.

Would you like a tour? Let's do it!

How I Organized My Pantry

Bottom Shelf

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farmhouse style pantry organization ideas for dogfood and large items
Before, the floor of the pantry was a disaster zone. I had extra boxes of ziplock bags, leftover bags of bulk items, picnic supplies, and a big pile of "disposable" grocery bags that I was saving to reuse. The only thing I was really doing right was keeping the dog food put away in that pretty white trash can.

To get it organized, I got two Ellie Rolling Hampers to store both the bags and extra bulk items like the big bags of rice, baking soda and picnic supplies. I labeled them with mini metal chalkboard signs. Off to the left, I corralled extra boxes of ziplock bags in a large Sebastian crate.

Middle Shelves

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how to organize a pantry - farmhouse style pantry organization ideas
It's hard to believe it's all the same stuff in the same space, right? Yay for organization!

One of the things I was doing right before was grouping liking things together - tomato products, baking mixes, spices, smoothie mix-ins etc. The problem was that the groups were just kind of shoved together and you couldn't tell where anything was. While there was actually a logic to what went into which of the plastic dollar store bins, they weren't labeled and it was hard to tell people where to go to find things.

To get organized, I pulled EVERYTHING out. Anything we weren't probably going to eat in the next 6 months, we got rid of. Then I started grouping similar things together. Once I saw what I had a lot of, I could decide if those things made sense to display in a glass jar (like flour and sugar) or if I had a lot of smaller packages - like for baking mixes, spice packets, etc they went into a crate.

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how to organize a pantry with glass jars
The bulk goods went into glass jars that I labeled with chalkboard labels. I wrote on them with a chalkboard pen instead of normal chalk so that the writing is more durable and won't rub off easily. 
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how to use crates to organize a kitchen pantry
I used four large Sebastian crates to organize smaller things like spice packets, baking mixes and more. Now everything is exactly where I need it and if I'm doing a baking project, I can just bring the whole crate into the kitchen without multiple trips back and forth to the pantry.

The crates come plain but I decided they needed a little something extra - and my husband was complaining he had no idea where anything was anymore. You can get all the details on how I personalized the crates by stenciling them here. I really love how they turned out!
pantry organization ideas for small bottles
The final thing I added to the baking shelf was a hardware bin lazy susan. The segmented bins are perfect for organizing small bottles and bags of baking things like flavorings, vanilla, sprinkles, food coloring and more.

Top Shelf

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how to organize a pantry with baskets
The top shelf was pretty straight-forward to get organized. Using the groups I told you about earlier, I figured out which things made sense to group together and then just put them in baskets. When the kids want a snack or cereal or I need smoothie ingredients, I just pull out the whole basket, grab what I need and put it back. These are the Charlotte Lined Wire Baskets from World Market. The two on the ends are the large size and the ones in the middle are the medium size. Just like the hampers, they are labeled with mini metal chalkboard signs. To make them easier to hang, I swapped out the jute cord they came with for some thinner twine and that made it easier to loop through the wire.
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Thank you for popping by to go on a tour of my pantry organization ideas tour! If you love this post, please share using the sharing bubbles on the side or bottom of your screen! If you have questions, please drop them in the comments.


Shop this project:

Beautiful farmhouse organization ideas - how to organize your pantry and make it pretty, too!
Items listed from top to bottom as they appear in the photo above.
Some of the links above may be affiliate links where a purchase made after clicking will support this website without costing you extra! Some items used in this project were provided by Cost Plus World Market. 



About the Author:

Carissa is a lifelong crafter and mom of two creative boys. The owner and lead writer for Creative Green Living, she is also the author of several books and e-books including the best-selling beverage e-cookbook, Infused: Recipes for Herb & Fruit Infused Water, Tea and More.  Her latest book, Beautiful Smoothie Bowls (Skyhorse Publishing) will come out in May, 2017. Her goal is to empower families to make easy projects and healthier choices that are beautiful and fun! Follow her on PinterestInstagramTwitter or join the Creative Green Living community group.
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2 comments:

  1. Oh, my goodness this is lovely! Great job! I'm semi working on organizing my pantry .. just re-did the flour/sugar/oatmeal containers .. will use some of your cute ideas :-)

    Monica.

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