First, the fridge. It was easy. I do it every few months and each time I really enjoy a fresh, clean fridge for two days before it becomes a funk factory again. Here's what I did in there:
I used these white bins to collect mostly little stuff (e.g. candy) and ugly stuff (e.g. half-empty bags of chips).
|Looks okay from the front...|
|And just a tad less than okay from the side!!!|
But it works for now, ya know?
If you're looking very carefully you'll notice that I removed my bottom shelf on that right-hand wall. For over three years I have been frustrated because our cat-food bin and step-stool don't slide under the shelf and are therefore 100% in my way, all the time. Why didn't I think of this sooner? And that's why I love these challenges--they inspire me to look at my problems with a fresh eye and really find a workable solution.
I also took away the over-the-door rack. I loved this rack in our old house, but with a 24" pantry door it was more of a hazard. Nary a week went by without me or my husband really banging into it. This means I lost a *lot* of storage, between removing the rack and taking away that one bottom shelf. Yet, the pantry is a thousand times better because stuff is consolidated and the space works for what I have. Spices went into two white trays, and medicines to a kitchen cabinet. I have even made a big grocery run since I snapped these pictures, and the pantry accommodated a bunch more stuff just fine.
This process reminded me how much I hate throwing things away. I never do, to my own detriment. For example, when I made my kids rolls with whole-wheat flour, I used a quarter cup of it and kept the rest on the shelf
I threw away everything I don't need in the foreseeable future. The boys didn't like their whole-wheat rolls anyway.
So, that's been my Simple Mom challenge this week! And, as promised, here's a reward for sticking with me...what I *wish* my pantry looked like!
|Photo: Country Living|
|Photo: Traditional Home|
Be still, my beating heart. A girl can dream!
Finally, because last week's closet challenge ended with a picture of Biggest hamming it up, now it's Little Boo's turn:
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