Sunday, July 28, 2013

My Cozy Pantry

Living in 1100 square feet has its ups and downs.  Lower electric and gas bills, more clutter from lack of storage.  

Trying to keep a poker face when seeing the townhouse for the first time with the real estate agent, I almost lost it when I saw an actual pantry.  It is tall and rather narrow, and it takes some thought when rearranging groceries.  


The ugly truth
There is one shelf above this and two below but you get the idea.  (hanging my head, hiding my face)


Aprons hanging behind the door
I finally emptied it out, checked for any products that were "expired", actually used up a couple of items and gave the inside a good coat of paint.  Leftover white paint.  Ceiling paint at that.



I washed the shelves with Murphy's oil soap, after deciding I liked the natural wood color against the stark white.  I am still debating using shelf liner or adding an edging.  



Put my aprons in order, next up, autumn!  Yayness! Here's a side view



Then I put things back.





Items to be used this week are up front






I have a package of cloves in there, and the smell is faint but I can make it out.  It reminds me of the pantry in my childhood home; when you opened the door, it always smelled like cloves and cinnamon.  

While far from being perfect, considering everything is a completely different shape and size, I can pretty much see everything at a glance, I can do a quick check before heading out to the store, and while it is limited space, I manage to get it to work for me.  Now I am all about fresh produce and farmers' markets, and fresh seafood.  I won't be restocking canned goods til early winter (or an impending hurricane, oh, I really hope not!)

Joining Alma for Seasonal Sundays, Kathe (with an E) for You're Gonna Love It,  Kathryn for Make It PrettyElaine for From the Farm Blog Hop, Susan for Metamorphosis Monday, Patti for What's It Wednesday, Jody for Simple & Sweet Fridays.

Thanks to all the hostesses, and please be sure to drop by and say "hi"!

xo



45 comments:

  1. You did a wonderful job organizing your pantry, Barbara! It looks bright and must make finding what you need very easy. Can you come over and do mine?

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  2. I wish I had a little pantry; how organized you are! Those aprons are so darn sweet. I like shelf paper (still) and will get to my cabinets before fall (sure I will). Did you go back and open the doors several times and admire your task? I do that!!

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    1. Yes, Patty, I have been doing that! :) xo

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  3. You must have been reading my mind - I've been thinking of doing my kitchen cupboard the last couple of days. You have spurred me on and I'll get to it this week. There's a lot of satisfaction in getting a job like that done. Well done, you :)

    Diana

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  4. Looks good Barbara! I was just thinking yesterday I need to clean out my baking closet:@)

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  5. For me, it's so easy to procrastinate, but once I get in there and start a project, I wonder why it took me so long! Your pantry looks great and I love the hanging aprons. I'll bet you now open the door and say, "ahhhhhh". Happy Sunday, dear Barbara! xo

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  6. That looks great and is something I should do with my linen closet. You must enjoy that whiff of spice and seeing your autumn apron on the door.

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  7. Your aprons are very cute. I love the red one. You did a great job of organization!
    KIsses
    Alessandra

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  8. I'm laughing at the above comment about going back and admiring our work. Ha, glad to know I'm not the only one who does that. It is such a good feeling to have your pantry clean and organized. I'm impressed with your work and even painting it too!! You'll be all set for the upcoming fall (hooray) season.
    Cinnamon and cloves are a lovely scent combination to remember your childhood pantry by. I just bought a candle with those scents. Love it.

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  9. I guess everything is in the organization, right! Look what a great job you did! My pantry is more like a wall closet, big enough, but it need tieding up every so often too and now I'm afraid it's too crowded! You have inspired me!
    FABBY

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  10. This looks fantastic, Barbara! I've always wanted a pantry like this. It's nice that you can see everything and the stuff you'll use is right up front. I did my cabinets a few months ago and I couldn't believe all that had expired! I thought canned goods lasted years! lol! Great job!

    XO,
    Jane

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  11. Barb,
    Thanks so much for stopping by! The piece is not Lenox even though I thought it was too! I will have to put that cute black storm door away for Halloween 2014 because with the remodeling of our down stairs at the end of September, I am skipping decorating for Fall and Halloween this year which is going to kill me but it will be too much for me....Your little pantry closet is about as big as ours. Only I had my dad make one for me when he changed our patio into what is now the Den. It was not in the original house!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  12. Great organization~ I have a small pantry also and like how your's looks. I especially like the aprons hanging on the door!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  13. Barbara, You are so organized. Your pantry looks very much like my daughter's. She managed to raise two boys with it. It did not look at tidy as yours.You did a great job.
    I am wanting to take everything out of our coat closet, repaint and make floor to ceiling shelves, for dishes.
    xoGinger

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  14. So glad to "see" you back at your blog, Barbara! There are seasons for everything and sometimes you just need to step back a bit to get perspective...but hopefully your break was just what you needed.

    No need to hang your head about this pantry! Your "before" doesn't look bad...and your "after" is great! We've been trying to purge and organize this summer too. It feels good to conquer an area, doesn't it? :)

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  15. Good job, Barbara! You have motivated me to go through my kitchen cupboards this week and get them a little more organized.

    Glad to see you back blogging!

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  16. HI Barbara! Your pantry maybe small but you have it organized and so neat! Love that. I know the feeling of being so happy when a job like this is done! Looks great! Now you pick up your tiny head and hold it up proudly!
    Thanks always for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  17. Oh good for you!!! your pantry looks gorgeous and so well organized and I'm sure it's a delight to open the door now!! love that you've painted it white :))
    Mary x

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  18. Barbara, my house is not huge and I have a fairly small pantry with extra storage space in the laundry room. However, I think storage is a problem no matter what! The more storage, the more we tend to hang onto things. I have lived here for over 20 years and I want to keep everything. I just hope I make myself clean out and organize, before my children have to do it, when I am gone. Of course, it could be good revenge - hahahaha!! Your pantry looks great - I need to reorganize mine. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  19. I laughed at the ugly truth in great familiarity! I don't know why, but my pantry regularly looks like that. I call it my "shooshing" method of storganization and hang my head too.

    Now, you've inspired me to clean it up! Yours looks wonderful. What a different a simple coat of paint makes, in my opinion. It makes you want to do less shooshing.

    And about the cloves and cinnamon, I have to nod my head. That is the one fragrance that makes me nostalgic more than any other. I think my mother has said the same. I'll ask her.

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  20. Barbara, you've inspired me to organize my pantry. I love your crisp white paint and how your essentials are at your fingertips. The autumn aprons are beautiful! Hope you're having a wonderful week. xx

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  21. Dearest Barbara,

    Thanks so much for your lovely visit and support, you were so funny ;).
    yes this sciatica won't go away until the delivery day presumed;)
    wow, you organized well your pantry. unfortunately I haven't pantry yet, still under construction only mess up around here;)
    hugs to you Barb

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  22. Oh, my...what a neat and pretty pantry. Mine is a tiny one, too....maybe even smaller than yours....
    Now that our house is being viewed,, I did the same with ours. Paint, left over from the bedroom painting, washed and shined and everything in it's place. I have to ck it every time a realtor is coming over 'cause just one thing out of place makes the whole pantry look messy.
    xoxo

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  23. You can come do mine next Barbara. Mine is a disaster! Seriously I hate to even open it, I have to duck:)

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  24. Thanks so much for sharing your pantry makeover at the party this week! I had to welcome you back properly Barbara :-)and I have featured your pantry on my Facebook page and I have pinned it to the You're Gonna Love It Tuesday board on Pinterest!

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  25. Thanks for keeping it real sweet friend! You've inspired me to add my pantry closet to my to-do list. Maybe early fall, I'm still painting my outside in stages - it takes a lot of time and energy.

    Your end results looks great!!!

    xo

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  26. Thanks for the visit. I wish you were here to share a sweet Brown Cow on this hot last day of July!
    Lucky you to have that nice pantry. Ours is small and difficult.

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  27. Hi Barbara! Thank you so much for popping in to see my little table. Hope you're having a great week.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  28. What a super job you did on the pantry! The fresh paint and organization
    makes it a show stopper. Would you do mine? Please?
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  29. Dearest Barbara,
    Hi, so sorry for my late visit, my dear friend!!! Oh My, lovely aprons you have♡♡♡ Please, please make use of them; as I read your comment in my blog, p;)
    Unfortunately, my tiny kitchen doesn't have a pantry and yours is so wonderful done(^_^)v Great Job, isn't it☆☆☆

    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  30. Barbara,
    Your pantry looks so nice now. A little organization goes a long way. Your post really hit home for me, as we are looking for a house right now and downsizing considerably. I am wondering if I'm going to like a smaller place, but I love the fact that the utilities will be less. Aahh, the cloves and cinnamon must smell so nice.

    Have a nice afternoon.

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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  31. Hi Barbara,

    I read this post the day we came home from vacation, and I'm just now getting by to leave a comment. I'm so far behind on my commenting. Why does vacation always make us so tired?

    There are so many things I love about this post! First of all, your first picture reminds me of my bathroom linen closet before I started re-organizing it recently. Your paint job looks so nice, and what kind of edging are you thinking about for the shelves? I love to clean wood with Murphy's Oil Soap; it makes everything feel and smell so clean.

    You mentioned that the smell of cinnamon and cloves reminds you of the home you grew up in. Did you know that smell is the sense most strongly tied to memory? My son told me that, and I also read it online. I honestly believe it, too.

    My favorite thing about your post is your aprons. Love, love, love!! Aprons are so homey, and I love that you arrange yours by season. Your pantry looks great Barbara, and you are indeed lucky to have a real pantry -- they are a treasure in the kitchen.

    Hugs to you,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  32. Great job! Yes, small spaces are tricky.

    -- Alma, The Tablescaper

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  33. Your pantry looks so organized now & I love your apron collection! You did a wonderful job getting it all straightened out ... You have also reminded me that I need to get busy on mine!

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  34. Hi Barbara! Thanks for popping in to see my recent post on my Kiki blog!
    Have a great weekend and you're always a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  35. Hi Barbara!
    Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog! I love your blog and will be coming back to visit often! Love how you organized your pantry. I organized my Linen Closet recently and am so proud of myself :-)

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  36. Oh that is good! Want to do mine?!

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  37. I love getting things organized. It always feels so good. Love your little pantry. xo Laura

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  38. Barbara, thanks for your kind comment. I do not have a pantry in my home, and I would love one! Nice to get yours all gussied up. Yikes, when you mentioned fall, it sunk in that it is really arund the corner! Joni

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  39. Barbara What a nice feeling it is to get organized....... your pantry is perfect...... inspiring me to get a couple of closets straightened up

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  40. Pantries are a marvelous for kitchens. I sort of made a tall cupboard into one. Your clean out and organizing turned out great! You must be so happy with it!

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  41. Hi Barbara, thanks for visiting me. I do hope my crochet instructions on lace trim will be useful.
    I don't have a pantry, but often dream of one (as well as a laundry room). But for now I like what a have - a kitchen cupboard with three shelves. Once in a while I re-organize it, but not often as I found it kind of boring. But your post inspired me to do it. Love your autumn apron!

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  42. Hey there, how are ya?? Oh, if you could see my pantry. All I can say is thank goodness for doors that close! I am not an organized type of person at all! I really admire organized people, and have accepted the fact that I will never be one of those people, lol.

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  43. I looks wonderful Barbara! Seems I never have enough room for all my stuff!

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