How embarrassing! This is my corner pantry "before." Actually what's more embarrassing is this is after I threw out all of the expired food and organized a little. Seriously, there were things from 2007 in there. Talk about gross!
My husband and I didn't purchase our house until 2009 so that means that we actually moved expired food! Lesson learned for the next move...
No organization. Things just stayed where I carelessly shoved them after coming home from the grocery store.
The worst place was the floor. Honestly, can you tell what's trash and what's not?
So finally I got fed up with the pantry. I'm a little fed up with the entire kitchen but I have to start somewhere and the pantry is a good spot.
I started by removing everything from the pantry and cleaning the shelves and the floor. Ideally I would like to paint and install better shelving but that's for another day.
Then, I put large, non-food (at least non-human food) items on the floor. I bought some bins for recycling (plastic grocery bags and egg cartons) and some for all of the dog stuff. And there's a lot of that...
Next I put the cleaning and food storage items together.
I put breakfast items together to I'm not fumbling around in the morning trying to find something to eat. I also collected all of my baking ingredients into a bin so everything is easy to find.
Syrup and honey went into a tray. Just in case the containers leak, it won't be a major cleanup job.
I used a couple of plate racks to hold my cook books. The Jadeite cake plate is one of my favorite pieces so I put it where I would see it anytime I opened the pantry door.
The thing that I'm happiest about is being able to see the floor!
If you compare the last picture to the before picture, there's not really a dramatic transformation. At least not looking at the picture. It's more dramatic in person. But it makes me a little happier :-)