Decluttering/Organising / DIY / Kitchen

Organising the Pantry

According to the ants, when the weather gets hot the place to be is my kitchen pantry.

I suppose I should really thank them for that because it wasn’t until I was pulling everything out of the pantry to try to remove the trail of ants that I really looked at it. It’s a fairly disorganised area, with lots of things shoved in wherever I can find room. But more than that, it’s also old and shabby.

Behold.

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The shelf liner has certainly seen better days.

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As has has the paintwork.

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So I decided to fix it. The job took far longer than it should have because, in my enthusiasm, I painted the edges of the shelves with white enamel paint we already had. This meant that a job that should have taken a day at most took three, as I had to wait sixteen hours between coats of paint.

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But it looks better don’t you think?

Believe it or not, I had great difficulty in finding new shelf lining. I found some drawer liners at Spotlight, but they were scented, and were designed to just lie in place, as opposed to being stuck down. I toyed with using wallpaper (expensive!) and contact (flimsy) before finding some PVC contact at a big box hardware store. It’s much like the book contact, but a bit thicker/stronger. They had a fairly large range, but mostly of things I wouldn’t dream of using (pictures of jelly beans, faux wood paneling, faux industrial metal, etc). The only two patterns there that took my fancy were both polka dot ones; one red and white polka dot and one blue and white polka dot.

I really wanted the red and white polka dots (I have a thing for red and white polka dots) but since everything else in the kitchen (and the rest of the house for that matter) has a blue theme, I decided on the blue and white polka dots.

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(But I’ve decided that next time I’m going to just use book contact and get some of the super shiny sparkly stuff. I’m an even bigger sucker for sparkles than I am for polka dots…).

I didn’t bother to remove the old liner from the shelf before putting the new one down (though I did clean it as best I could). Putting the contact on was quite tricky to begin with, but got easier as I went. I found that it was much easier to put on once I rolled it the opposite of the way it was on the roll to straighten it out a bit.

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I also decided to try re-organising the way things were placed in the cupboard. I was impressed at how few out-of-date items I had, incidentally! But I managed to pop most of the things into tupperware containers. and moved quite a lot of things that were in the cupboard that didn’t need to be in there out.

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Suddenly I’m finding excuses to go stand and stare at my pantry. That’s totally normal, right?

Have you re-organised your pantry? Or had difficulty refurbishing it?

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