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Heart of the home

I truly believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It is  the place where family and friends gather to celebrate, the place where meals are prepared and honestly affects every aspect of your day. If you eat good food and food that is good for you, you FEEL good.

The more whole and clean foods you eat the better your body functions. 

I woke up yesterday morning ready to for something different. I have been feeling like that I am in a health rut. ( Or lack of health rut). I dreaded going to grocery store. I didn't want to clean out the fridge; it only reminded me of all the good food going to waste. I was doing the same thing week after week. I would have ambitions on eating healthier whole meals. I had plans to feed my family with more fruits and veggies and less processed foods. I wrote down list made meal plans. But, with all of my preparation I still lacked a important piece of the puzzle.


So, I made up my mind to finally clean and organize my pantry because it is one of the two places where I store the food that nourishes my family. Plus, my pantry project has been on my to-do list for over a year now.

I am extremely happy that I started and I hate that I didn't take a "before" shot.

I started by emptying each shelf and placing the contents on my countertops. As I took each item off, I checked the expiration date and sorted them in either keep or throw out. The items that I kept I placed them into categories on my counters. I figured that by grouping like items together  would save time when it was time to place the items back into the pantry and it would also help me plan the shelves accordingly.

I didn't take any pictures of this part of the  process either because  I was determined to get as much of the project done before my baby girl woke up.

After the items were sorted or discarded and each shelf  in the pantry was wiped down, I thought   about how I'd be utilizing the space daily. I figured that I would use the shelves that were at my eye-level and below the most. So that's where I planned to put my can goods, snacks, breakfast items and other items that I would use daily and/or weekly. I placed my baking items and oils up on the top shelves because I don't use them as often.

I knew that I wanted to use organization bins to keep everything in order in the pantry, so I made a plan for what I wanted to keep in bins. I knew that I wanted to store all of the snacks, pasta and rice and other meal side items in bins.

So, once baby girl woke up , I went to the Dollar Store while we are out taking care of errands.


 I found the cute bins pictured below. I bought 6 bins to start my project. I am not finished with my pantry, it is still a work in progress. But, I am happy with what I've done so far.

And the fact that I was able to get it done in about 3 hours and I only spent $6 makes it that much sweeter!

Here is my work in progress.  The picture was taken with my iPad in poor lighting. I need to free up space on memory card on my DSLR so that I can take better shots.

Is it perfect? No. Like I said before it is a work in progress. I plan to purchase labels and more bins.
I am also researching organization tools for my cans in the pantry as well. 

What I've learned with this project is that the best way to get something done is simply start. Things don't have to come out perfectly the first time and/or attempt. I honestly struggle with wanting things to be perfect right away. I have a tendency to think obsess about the smallest detail and my indecisivesness will usually paralyze me from even starting.

It felt good to just do it. 

This project has inspired me and shaped how I will approach other projects on my to-do list. 

I believe that the pantry being organized will help my family stay on track with our plans to eat better and help me save money when I grocery shop. I am almost too ashamed to admit this, but there were so many duplicates in my pantry. I had items that expired in 2011 & 2012! Yuck! I know. Luckily many of the expired items were seasonings that I (obviously) haven't used because I couldn't see them amidst all of the chaos. 

In the midst of chaos, I would easily spend several minutes trying to find a certain item. I would second guess as to whether I had an item while at the grocery store, and I would inevitably buy a duplicate of what I had at home. 

There was no way for me to quickly take a look to see what I needed. Everything was jumbled up and stacked everywhere. 

It felt good to have a place to put everything after grocery shopping yesterday. 

Look for an update really soon on the progress of my pantry. 

Hopefully, this inspires you to do that one thing that you've been putting off.

Until next time! Be Blessed! And feel free to email me with any questions that you have. 


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