Monday, April 11, 2011

My Pantry...or Lack there Of...

Those of you that live in small spaces, like I do, will understand where I'm coming from.  My kitchen is small.  I'm talking postage stamp size galley kitchen where only 1 person at a time can be in there.  With a small kitchen comes lack of cabinet space and almost no counter space.  Today I thought I'd share my solution to not having a pantry.  Actually, I created my own of sorts.  Here's what I have in the kitchen for my canned goods.

Small, no?  The cans are lined up by kind and each row can hold 8 cans.  On the bottom shelf all the way to the right are different kinds of beans (which we mostly end up using for craft projects).  On the middle shelf I have mac and cheese (for the rare occasion we have a babysitter), popcorn, peanut butter and in the plastic containers are fruit snacks and nutrigrain bars. On the top shelf I have oatmeal, tuna, different types of noodles and a few odds and ends of food stuffs.

One day whilst garagesaleing last summer I thought to my self, "self, there has to be a better way.  There has to be some way that I can neatly organize the rest of our food stuffs.  A way that I can stock up on certain items when they become on sale at the grocery store."  That's when I ran into this beauty for a whopping $3 one sunny Thursday.  It's clearly a shelf from Target.  So, now in addition to the above cupboard I have this.

It quietly sits in the corner of my kitchen holding all the back stock (a word from my working in retail days) products.  On the bottom shelf I have my toaster, which we rarely use, rarely as in maybe 6 times a year total and that's for pop-tarts only, play-dough stuffs and cereal.  On the middle shelf we have my back stock of Diet Coke (cause lemme tell you it's a bad day for the entire family when I'm out of Diet Coke), more peanut butter, more cereal and apple sauce.  On the top shelf I have back stock of the things that have been on sale, but aren't going to go bad in a hurry like Rice-a-Roni, Pasta Roni, fruit cups, more noodles and yep, you see it, more cereal.  All the way to the left on the top shelf are Jack's homeschooling workbooks.

So, there you have it.  My solution to having no pantry and very little cupboard space.  Now, would anyone like some Cheerio's?  Apparently I have 3 boxes...

This post has been linked up to:
A Bowl Full of Lemons
Organize and Decorate Everything


  1. Now all I need is a space for the bookshelf ; )
    And you know E loves her some Cheerios!!

  2. I think your "pantry" is great! You know, it's how you make it! Great job! If you ever want more organizing inspiration, I'd love for you to stop by!

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  3. Thanks for the invite to view your blog Becky! I'll check it out. :)

  4. Wow! That is so organized! Great job! Thanks for linking to We're organized Wednesday.