Pantry Refresh for the New Year

This last weekend, Ray and I attended a health and wellness summit and came away with some great tips and tricks to eating well and living better. I will be sure to share some of our best takeaways soon, but there was a session on ridding your pantry of foods that are not so great for us (more on that soon, I promise!) that inspired a pantry refresh.

Our pantry was pretty disorganized, so I didn’t think it’d be a quick process. I headed to my local Walmart and picked up some baskets that I was sure would make reorganizing our pantry an easier task. I first snagged the Better Homes and Gardens 2-piece Hyacinth basket set. I chose these particular baskets because of the cute little chalkboard on the front. It was a plus that the price point was within budget, at less than $20 for the two. I did also pick up another medium tiered basket, for three in all.

Pantry Refresh

The first thing we did was toss all of the empty boxes and packages that littered the shelves. I’m afraid several of my kiddos don’t understand the concept of throwing away the garbage. Ha! 

I placed all of the random bags of snacks in one of the larger baskets, rounded up the vegetables we keep in the pantry – onions, fresh garlic bulbs, and potatoes – and placed them in the other large basket, and all of the tea bags went in the small basket. Each basket was labeled, making it easy to find exactly what we need when we need it.

Veggies Basket

Is your pantry due for a refresh? Check out how my friend and fellow Walmart mom, Lynnae, organized her pantry with plastic storage shoeboxes and Duck Tape!

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Operation Boys’ Room :: Complete!

Ongoing is my quest to sort, de-clutter, and organize every room in our house. This week we took care of the little boys’ room. Boy, did it need it!

As is our normal MO when de-cluttering a room, we first dumped out every bin and box, pulled random stuff out from under the beds, and began the daunting task of organizing through it all. We created piles of toys we planned to keep, began stacking books that had been pulled from the shelves, and set aside a huge pile of odds and ends to give away. Anything that was broken or missing pieces was promptly thrown away.

It was fun to see Ben, Noah, and Timmy get all excited about their “old” toys as we “found” them. Legos, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Little People sets, tons of Nerf guns, and loads of great books, all eventually made their way in to their proper places. After a bit of play, and with quite a bit of help, of course!

boys room

When all was placed in bins and baskets, and organized on shelves, we were left with four bags for Goodwill AND four huge bags of trash. It felt great to purge – especially since we were able to donate so much.

Add another room to the list of the organized!

Time to Declutter and Organize

For quite some time now I have wanted to purge, declutter, and organize just about every area of my life, especially my house. There seems to be less and less room for us to live and enjoy life, due to the stuff that keeps piling up around us. Stuff ends up in corners, in half destroyed boxes, or just out of place. I am just tired of the stuff.

I know the problem lies with me. I have always put off organizing and can safely say it’s simply been because of lack of time and energy. Being pregnant or nursing for almost eleven years solid, and having lots of little ones has always taken a lot out of me. It was easier to drop something in a box or tuck it in a cupboard.

My babies are no longer so little. Books aren’t pulled off the shelves so much any more. It’s all the hidden places that need help.

With little bursts of energy I have began plowing through my house. My master bath and closet were among the first to declutter. It seemed to take more and more time each day to find clothes (that actually fit me), and hair products (that really worked on my hair), and I knew I needed a major purge. FOUR garbage bags full of clothes, handbags, and shoes dropped off at Goodwill and my closet is now manageable. I’m embarressed to admit to how many boxes of toiletries were either thrown away or given away, but there were several boxes of stuff I didn’t need or couldn’t use!

my organized closet

My kitchen cupboards were next. Too many chipped and cracked plates, bowls, and mugs were tucked behind those we could actually use. Out went all of the glass dinnerware and in came the more durable, non-breakable pieces.

With Zach, Julia, and Josh’s help, I tackled our shoe and coat closet today. Not only had all of our Christmas decorations just been thrown (literally!) in to the closet, every single day my children are heard complaining of not being able to find their shoes or jacket, no matter where they remember placing them the night before.

messy closet 2

We first removed every single item from the closet. Because the space is bigger than the nursery we created for baby Joshua years ago, we found Christmas decor, snow play gear, shoes, bags, and even some missing socks! Nothing was to go back in to the closet that didn’t belong.

I found some great organizational pieces at Walmart for our shoes – a fabulous shoe rack, a beautiful basket, and a table. I planned to repack all of the Christmas decor in the plastic storage containers I already had.

organization

{1} Better Homes and Gardens 16-Pair Shoe Organizer

{2} Honey Can Do Urban Table With Storage Basket

{3} Willow Basket

Once we bagged up the shoes that no longer fit or wanted by any of the nine of us, we were left with a basket full of flip-flops and sandals, a couple of pairs of boots, and a shoe rack full of shoes! We can actually walk in to the closet now, and even have a place for the vacuum cleaner.

organized shoe and coat and storage closet. 2.jpg

As I continue to purge, declutter, and organize other areas of my life, I’ll press on in my home – cupboard by cupboard, closet by closet; a little at a time.

What areas of your life – hidden and visible – need to be purged, decluttered and organized?

Disclosure: I am a participant in the Walmart Moms program. Walmart lit the fire under me to get my multi-purpose closet a much-needed makeover and has provided me with compensation for the time and effort spent creating this post.