Wednesday, February 09, 2011

A Pantry Solution

We had a little spice rack sort of dealie-o on the inside of the door of the pantry that we used for holding teas, and other beverage type things. It was always too full, and those little boxes and packets were forever jumping off or sliding through the wires.

But not anymore!
I picked up an over the door shoe organizer, and now the big pantry shelves are free for canned goods and big boxes and jars.  These little packets and snack-y things are so easy to arrange and have handy right on the inside of the door.

I used big glue dots to stick it to the door and keep it from swinging wildly back and forth, but a couple of them let go once I had it fully loaded, so I think I might have to tack it down with roofing nails or short screws on the bottom corners if we find that any swinging is a problem.

I am so loving this!  I'm very tempted to use the label maker and put labels on all the pockets.  But that might be silly considering that the contents will often change.  We don't usually have a lot of the things that are in there right now in the house at all, actually, like the 100 calorie packs of cookies... that was a hormonal splurge, lol.

The fact that this shoe organizer can fit quart jars is really making me see the possibility of using one as a dried herb organizer in the upstairs closet.  Or a buttons, beads, and small annoying sewing things organizer on my sewing room door.  Or a dried fruit and veggie storage center in... Well, the walk in closet in our bedroom actually, since it's the "extension pantry".  Or a nuts, bolts, and screws organizer out in the garage.  Or a baby socks and underwear and onsie organizer for a baby's room (no, that's not an annoucement, someone else's baby, I mean).  Or an animal medical and various other supplies center out in the garage.  Or a big old first aid kit supply in a bathroom.  Art supplies in a play room.  Seed, trowel, etc. organizer for the garden.  The possibilities seem endless.

Could I have more organizational fun for $10?

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Mrs. Mordecai said...

I love it! Now my mind is full of possibilities too. I wish our pantry didn't have bi-fold doors; otherwise I'd be running out to the store right now. But I'm sure I'll find a way to use this somewhere else. I saw someone once cut the bottoms out of some of the upper pockets and use one to organize gift wrap too.

Mrs. Mordecai said...

I forgot to tell you I did it! All my mixes and small packets are organized now. I love it.

Now I want another one to organize gloves and mittens in the coat closet. Thanks for the fabulous idea!

Bethany said...

Gloves and mittens! You're a genius.

I did use a second one on our bedroom door for all the bandaids/firstaid/heating pads, etc. I guess that wouldn't work too well in a house with little ones, though.

I'm glad it was an idea you could use!

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