Sadly I did not think to take any before pictures. Probably because I was horrified about the amount of dust bunnies at the bottom of my pantry. Under the bottom shelf I had stuffed a bunch of reuseable grocery bags, some boxes, and other pantry odds and ends. Basically it was not easy to sweep around all that stuff and over time, the little dust bunnies were taking over. Not to mention all the garlic paper peels that flittered to the bottom and the errant raisins that dropped when 4 year old hands raided the raisin bin!
I'm not sure if I have all my jars in the "right" places yet. I tried organizing by type. The bottom shelf has my potatoes, garlic and onions. And next to that is the girls "snack" station. Nuts, dried fruit, dried vegetables.
This side of the pantry you don't see unless you are in the pantry. I put a basket for our loaves of bread, some cleaning supplies (vinegar, washing powder, borax. And right now I have a bunch of ziplock bags. Eventually I'd like to replace zip bags with re-usable bags, but they still are around right now. I found those paper plates at the back of the pantry along with a huge box from SAMS of plastic cutlery. I haven't bought paper or plastic plates in over a year, and I didn't know they were in the pantry. (It really needed cleaning, y'all!) I have some of my serving dishes and platters on this side along with my stand mixer and my Mema's old blender. She gave it to me when I was in college and it is still kickin'. It is on it's last legs though, I think it was from the 70's. I wish they still made products to last like they used to.
Well there you have it, my great Pantry Reveal. It was a lot of work, but so worth it. A few last notes: I switched over to glass containers in a slow process. Every few times I was at the store, if I saw a glass container on sale I'd pick one up. I also used a bunch of mason jars. It gives an eccletic look, but since they are all glass, I think it helps unify the storage. I did spend a day painting on chalkboard squares on a lot of my storage, but I don't recommend my method because it isn't dishwasher safe (found out the hard way.) I also just gathered up a bunch of baskets I had around the house (and even made one!) so the mix of baskets doesn't make it look super polished, but still tidy.