Monday, February 27, 2012

Pinteractive: Behind Closed Doors

I get serious pantry envy when I see beautiful pins like this:



So clean and organized and easy to see what you have and where, right?

And it seems like every other pin features chalkboard paint or chalkboard labels, like this:

I contemplated buying some pre-cut chalkboard labels from Etsy sellers, but then I discovered the wonder that is chalkboard contact paper. Paired with these fabulous chalk pens, which are easy to handle and simple to wipe away with a damp cloth, and organizing our pantry was a snap.

I wish I had a "before" pic to share, but you'll just have to take my word that the "after" is much-improved.
Pantry 
Some of our pantry shelves are too tall for our needs, so I found these wire shelves from Target that fit perfectly on our shelves and double our space. That gave me more for room baskets to corral types of foods. 

Once I had organized the pantry, I cut labels out of the roll of chalkboard contact paper, and then edged them with some craft scissors. 
Pantry

Pantry 
That last row of baskets is another pin-inspired idea, although I can't find the actual pin at the moment. It suggested gathering snacks for your kiddo so they know where to go themselves when they want something. It's a blessing and a curse, actually, because Em will work her way through the baskets daily. "Mommy! I want fruit snacks! I want applesauce! I want a bar! I want snack bunnies! I WANT SOMETHING ELSE IN THE CLOOOOSSSSEEET!" Lest you think all she eats is processed stuff, know that she gets plenty of the fresh stuff, too. 

I ran with the chalkboard labels idea and combined it with this pin for organizing bathrooms. 

Here's my version:
Bathroom cabinet

The day I organized these, Brent asked where our Tums were. Before I could answer, he opened the cabinet and said, "OH! I suppose they're here in the 'tummy' box!"

Now's your turn! Add the code to your Pinteractive posts and link up below!


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11 comments:

  1. I AM FIRST!! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    okay, now i must get into spring cleaning/organizing mode. i'm off to find some chalkboard contact paper and chalk pens of my own!

    p.s. i had no idea chalk pens existed. i want to do a chalkboard wall in the bean's room but the hub says chalk is messy as hell. maybe this is our compromise!

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  2. I'm so getting some of that contact paper. Excellent idea! I can't wait until I have a house with a kitchen I love.

    I've been lagging on being pinteractive. Life is crazy but trust me, I'll return.

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  3. Ha. I didn't realize that snack basket thing was from Pinterest. I thought I was so brilliant when I came up with that one.

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  4. That looks fantastic! Ditto re chalk pens!

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  5. That looks so awesome! I can't wait to buy some of that chalkboard paper and organize the crap out of my kitchen and bathroom.

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  6. I didn't know they made chalkboard contact paper- it's so cool! I'll have to try and find some and get my very sad pantry organized as nicely as your pantry is.

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  7. I must get some of that contact paper. What a great idea. I'm totally jealous of your organized pantry!

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  8. Great ideas! Loved how it all came out for you! A few weeks ago I tried out the idea of using bins/baskets in my pantry and it has helped so much to keep everything grouped and the small items together.

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  9. There is nothing that makes me so happy as ORGANIZING. Ha. Must be a mis-sequenced strand of DNA or something. Love the chalkboard labels! Will definitely have to check out that contact paper. Everything looks awesome!

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  10. Wow I love this. My pantry is a disaster. It has really deep shelves and everything gets lots back there. I had never thought to organize food types with baskets. So smart, thanks for sharing!

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  11. I forgot to add that I made something over the weekend that i repinned from you! I'm going to try linking to my Flickr page since I don't have a blog - we'll see if it works :)

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