I was provided with a Spotlight gift voucher for the purpose of the 'Sprucing Up With Spotlight' series.
I know that I am not the only person out there who has searched 'organised pantry' on Pinterest, only to pin a photo and never try to replicate it. That's pretty much the story of my life when it comes to Pinterest actually.
The last time that I blogged about my pantry, I was newly pregnant and cleaned the cupboard whilst distracting myself from the fact that I was going to farewell my brother on his deployment to Afghanistan in less than 24 hours time.
Anyway, I am going to be doing a series of posts titled 'Sprucing Up With Spotlight' which will see me re-organise and create things around the house using products bought from Spotlight.
The first installment of the series, in case you couldn't tell by the title, is tackling the pantry.
Don't get me wrong, it's not a beautiful Pinterest pantry even after I finished it, but its a lot clearer and more functional now thankfully.
Up until now, my pantry has pretty much been one of those pantries where it's an absolute mess and you take the risk of things falling on your head when you open the doors, but of course I know where everything is located.
If asked 'where is the cornflour?' I could say, third shelf, on the left, behind the big blue flour, for example.
I headed to the new Spotlight store in Mentone, late on a Thursday night, in search of anything that would aid me in the organisation of my ridiculous pantry.
Well, I hit the jack pot. Decor Food Storage products were all 50% off. I couldn't believe my luck.
I had been debating as to whether to get Decor or Sistema but clearly my choice was made for me, at 50% off how could I resist?
The shelves had clearly already been ransacked in the 48 hours that the store had been open for, but I managed to fill my trolley surprisingly quickly. I think that I had more fun than a kid in a candy store.
I kept apologising to the lady behind the counter as she had to scan all of the containers but she was as excited about the sale as I was.
When I left Spotlight with a trolley full of plastics, the security guard pulled me aside and asked me what on earth was I planning to do with them all. I told him that I was organising my pantry and he wished me luck.
Not a bad haul, not at all.
I went in blind, just guessing what sizes I would need and how many and used nearly all of them.
I have 5 shelves which are a decent width and quite deep, plus 3 drawers under the pantry which I think are meant to be used for pantry items but instead are filled with junk.
As you can see, the only shelf which has any variety of order is the booze shelf. We have a lot more alcohol in a cupboard in the garage. I would love to have a giant bar trolley set up but that's really not going to happen whilst we have small children rampaging around the house.
I can't believe that I have only just realised that my shelves can be taken out and moved to different heights.
Ergh. This would have solved so many problems, such as the fact that the oils and pasta containers could only fit on the bottom shelf.
Oh well, no point whining about it now I suppose. What's done is done.
I didn't want a permanent label situation in case I need to swap and change the contents of the tubs as time goes on. I definitely didn't want to use an old school label maker either. Those things suck.
I instead chose 2 packs of round kraft labels in two different sizes as they looked basic yet neat and stuck them on with double sided tape.
Whilst looking, the announcement that the store would be closing in 10 minutes came over the speaker and I panicked and grabbed whatever I could but I am happy with my choice.
Reminder: All of these Decor items are currently HALF PRICE at Spotlight until Sunday 31 May 2015 in store and online. I've linked to the items below.
Melbourne girls, the Mentone store didn't have much stock left but the Frankston store was still fully packed.
Ahhh. So much space.
I literally had 6 bags that were quarter full of plain flour. (I just typed flower. It must be late.) It felt so good to condense them into one tub.
The pantry crap that I rarely use (pearl barley etc) has been demoted to behind the baking shelves storage containers. I couldn't bring myself to throw it out as I know that the day will come where I need it.
Booze, booze and more booze.
The second shelf houses majority of my small baking items and I have put my bi-carb, caster sugar, baking chocolate, raw sugar, psyllium husk, coconut, rolled oats, corn flour and icing sugar into the new containers.
Decor Tellfresh Oblong Container 250 mL
Decor Tellfresh Stack Store & Pour Container 1.2 L
Decor Match-ups Oblong Container 2 L
Decor Match-ups Oblong Container 900 mL (these are great for taking lunch to work in your handbag as they are seriously slim line yet still hold so much)
Decor Match-ups Tall Oblong Container 1.75 L
Decor Tellfresh Square Container 1.25 L
I know that this shelf looks like it would have wasted space by purely filling it up with containers, but that's really not true. I feel like this is my perfect shelf. No clutter, everything in it's safe little home.
This shelf has my chickpea flour, plain wholemeal flour, SR flour, white sugar, plain flour, almond meal and brown sugar in the containers. It's nice being able to know what needs to be added to my shopping list at a glance. I'm looking at you, almond meal.
Decor Match-ups Tall Oblong Container 3L
Decor Match-ups Tall Oblong Container 4.5L
Decor Match-ups Oblong Container 2 L
This is the kind of shelf that you can't put everything in containers, even though you wish you could.
Side note: How good are Arnotts Caramel Crowns?
I also used these pantry shelves at the rear to elevate my cans that are otherwise never seen and therefore, never used. It turns out that the cocktail onions expired two years ago though... My bad.
The pantry shelves were only $3 and would be great for spices.
Decor Tellfresh Oblong 250ml
Decor Match Up 2L
Decor Match Up Oblong 800ml
Decor Tellfresh Oblong 250ml
Decor Match Up 2L
Decor Tellfresh Stack & Store 1.2L
I really did contemplate as to whether or not to buy cereal containers and for some reason I decided not to so I am going to have to go back to Spotlight and rectify that issue ASAP.
I'm one of those annoying people who never fold over the cereal bag properly, resulting in stale cereal so why on earth would I not have gotten them?!
I did buy the Decor Tellfresh Pasta Storer 1.5L though, and Nelly has been carrying it around the house shaking it like a maraca so it's on the fast track to moving to a higher shelf.
The clean out has definitely shown me that I have way too many bottles of chili sauce, despite not eating any foods that contain chili.
I've started to fill Mason Preserving Jars with the biscuit mixes that I use often so that I always have something to quickly rustle up if guests turn up unannounced. I've simply stuck a list with the wet ingredients that need to be added and baking time on the lid.
Again, thank you Pinterest for the idea. Although, once again - mine is not as pretty or Pinterest worthy.
I also picked up these sunny yellow chair pads, which were part of the buy 2 get one free promotion but do you think that I remembered to choose another cushion to get free? Of course not!
They match the sad looking fruit bowl which only seems to contain lemons.
We really need to add another stool to our bench, but the thought of returning to Ikea with Nelly in tow gives me cold chills.
It took me about an hour to wash and dry all of the containers (and peeling off the stickers was easy thank goodness) and then another two hours to remove everything, clean the pantry, bin the expired crap and then re-home stuff into the containers.
I won't lie to you, when I opened the pantry this morning I may have sighed from happiness.
It's the small things, right?
We eat a lot of freshly prepared meals and lot's of Alkaline recipes so my pantry doesn't contain anywhere near as many canned and packet foods as it used to.
What are your best tips to organising a pantry or fridge? Do you have a butlers pantry? I wish that I did!