Chic on a Shoestring Decorating: Cabinet Organization, Making use of the space you've got.

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Cabinet Organization, Making use of the space you've got.

Hello, friends!  Are any of you out there like me with a home lacking a pretty walk-in pantry?

I would love a walk-in pantry but instead have a built-into-the-cabinets type pantry, I'm not complaining, it's better than nothin'. 

Someday, in another house, I will have one of those neat walk-in pantries painted with a pretty stencil and organized with big glass containers with cute chalkboard labels cut by a vinyl cutting machine (which I don't even have by the way).  

But, I've got plenty of cabinet space so no complaints. 

I have a cabinet where I keep lots of baking stuff which was terribly unorganized.  The problem: large round canisters stuffed into a square space. 

The last time I did a shape sorter with my 2 year old I realized that the round pieces did not fit into the square holes, why was I trying to do that in my cabinet?

Messy, Messy, Messy.  Can you tell we like popcorn?  None of that microwave stuff either!
 There was all kinds of wasted space behind those round canisters. 

I came across one of these tall square Oggi storage bins months ago at TJ Maxx on clearance for $5.  I bought it thinking they'd get more in soon.  They didn't.

After searching around and finding them for $29 a piece, I decided to wait on TJ's to get some more.

And wait.

And wait.

And wait.

They finally got some in in all different sizes... Woo Hoo!!!

I brought them home and realized my 2 smaller ones had cracks in them, thanks  TJ Maxx. 

So, I got 2 more big ones (which you need for a whole package of flour and sugar anyway) and a medium one. 

I then started to fret as I realized that the tall ones were too tall for my cabinet!  Then I left. 

I came home to this.

Organizational Bliss!

Mr. Chic did it!  He even labeled the new canisters!  Using a no-nonsense label maker knowing I will never get around to buying chalkboard labels that will only be hidden in a cabinet. He did good, huh?!   

Sometimes all it takes to find more space is to look differently at the space you've got.  After getting rid of those big round canisters and a few expired food boxes I've got all kinds of empty space in this cabinet. 

Mr. Chic would say just because there is empty space that doesn't mean you have to fill it  Yes dear, I know.  But, I will likely move some things in here (chocolate chips, sprinkles, food coloring) and make it more of a baking supply cabinet and freeing up some space in my "cooking" cabinet.  

So take a second look at that cramped cabinet, I bet there might be some expired long grain rice and some recipe you cut out 3 years ago that you still haven't made, or even some round pieces in a square hole.  Pitch em'... it feels really good! 

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  1. Love those canisters, but they are soooo expensive that I have never justified purchasing them. Maybe I will check out my TJ's soon.

  2. The Maxx is wonderful!! I will look for similar canisters in our area! Storage and organization in the kitchen can leave me a bit baffled! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. I have great aspirations of having organized cupboards but with my teeny, tiny kitchen and equally small storage -- I fear it is not to be. BUT, I love those storage canisters and the labels! I could see something like this helping me out! Thanks for posting!

  4. great job, I wonder if Marshall has the same jars. Will keep and eye on them. They are great.

  5. Hi Kate, Congrats for being smart enough to know that sometimes it's just cheaper to buy it! I'm crazy about bees (but not the REAL kind), so I love your new pillow. Thanks for hosting your linky parties. I enjoy linking up pretty much every week!

    Warmly, Michelle

  6. Awww, he's a keeper! Great job! Thanks for the TJ Maxx tip. I love Lock & Lock containers for my cabinet & pantry items (we got attacked by pantry moths last year so now EVERYTHING goes in a Lock & Lock!)...and I try to get them at Ross when I can, they are cheaper there. But it can be harder to get the larger sizes so I get those on Amazon.


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