{Organising the Kitchen Pantry} Pantry Raid and don’t compare your standards

Over the next two weeks I am going to share how I have managed to get my pantry from chaos to organised.  As you know I have not been myself over the past 10 weeks, I have not kept cupboards or areas around my home as organised as I would like.  But I have come home from New York refreshed and have the desire to get the house back into order.  In the first week of September I am starting a series ’20 days to clean and organise your home’, with a lot of before and after photo’s. Let’s do it together!

We all have our different types of ‘order’.  For example, my hubby was quite happy to be living in our chaos, it doesn’t bother him, however for me it changes my mood. I found  it made me feel low, frazzled and stressed.  I received a comment a few weeks ago when I shared an old post about organising my pantry, she said I am wasting my life by spending this time on organising.  I disagree, I find it quicker to make kids lunches, easier to find items while something is boiling on the stove, it keeps our cereals from going stale by placing them in containers and I am not wasting food as it’s easily visable.

We all have our different standards and I think it’s important that whilst I like to be organised you don’t need to feel you have to meet the same standard.  This blog is about sharing my ideas that you can adapt your way in your home.  Just do the best you can do, and that standard is perfectly OK.

Pantry Raid

Before I started to tidy our pantry I looked in and created a meal plan using items I could see needed using, for example bolognese sauce in jars, pecans for muffins, one too many cans of tuna. By using some of these items it will make it easier for you to tidy and have more space to organise on the shelves.

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Jaemerton August 13, 2012 - 8:32 AM

I’m keen, tell me how to start and I will follow the steps

Bec | Bird with a chip August 13, 2012 - 8:45 AM

Following this…

Beckpryde August 13, 2012 - 8:46 AM

I totally understand where you’re coming from Katrina!  🙂  I have a messy house most of the time, and when it is tidy I feel so much calmer and ‘in control’.  I just wish my girls would enjoy the tidying up bit and not just the end result!  🙂  I’m going to buy one of your fave things this week, some 3m hooks!  Going to stick the girls laundry bag/hamper on the wall.  🙂

Nadia-The Everyday Blessings August 13, 2012 - 9:10 AM

I’m the same as you Katrina. I have times where I let the overwhelm take over and my house becomes chaotic. Once I have it organised again it’s as though I can breathe easier and life just seems to flow better in my household. I’m looking forward to following along with your pantry posts, I need to do mine again soon so it’s a timely series of posts for me. Thankyou 🙂

sarah August 13, 2012 - 9:38 AM

wasting your life??? well, how rude!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! While I dont take on EVERY suggestion I have found so many tips and tricks that have made my life that much easier!! for example, i cleaned out the wasted space under my sink and made everything so easy to reach. I used to spend one day every weekend cleaning and organising and now since reading your blog I have not wasted one minute of my weekends doing any of this stuff. I have found it to be the exact opposite of ‘wasting your life’ I have so much more time to enjoy myself on the weekends and spend more time with friends and family!! Im also trying to start a family and im so glad I found this blog sooner rather than later so I can get my house (and my life) ready for any new additions that come our way 😉 THANK YOU AND KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK XOXOX

Kirsty August 13, 2012 - 11:16 AM

I understand the need to feel organised too.  If my house isn’t tidy or in an organised state I feel out of control too.  I love your blog and the ideas I can get from it.  Thank yoiu.

Corinnep August 13, 2012 - 12:13 PM

How true about us all having “different standards”.  I personally feel much calmer and happier when my house (and life!) is in some sort of order, whether my pantry, kitchen cupboard or even my wardrobe.  I start to feel very overwhelmed if I have too much stuff in my home.  Sadly, I recently have experienced other Mums who have commented on how “neat” my home is, how I’m “baking” every day (no, only once a week) and when I visit them how their homes are not like mine, ignore the mess – I personally am not interested in their domestic lives and would never judge someone else by my own standards – we all lead busy lives, whether full-time at work / part-time or stay at home mums.  I have been all three, plus an at home business.  I currently work 2 days a week and my 2 daughters are school age.  I think sometimes us women can be a bit harsh on each other – and yes, we all do have different standards but that is okay!!  I enjoy reading your blog Katrina x

Jackie August 26, 2012 - 12:33 AM

I feel the same as you. I feel calm when everything is in order, I just can’t seem to get it all done though. I would ignore these other people. Some people are just nasty. Rise above it and keep going, well done you.

Suzy August 13, 2012 - 12:35 PM

Gosh, some people can be nasty, can’t they? Maybe that person should stop “wasting” their time reading your blog if they’re not interested in being organised.

Niki Jonesano August 13, 2012 - 1:00 PM

I am in. Lets do this together. I follow your blog, but rarely if ever, comment. I would love to be involved. I hope these days are finding you a little more light since the passing of your beloved Mum. Niki

Rebecca Wickenton August 13, 2012 - 1:04 PM

I love this challenge, im on to it!! I too feel stressed and down when the house is not in someway organised or tidy, and i am in desperate need of an overhaul!

Amanda B August 13, 2012 - 1:14 PM

I’m in! I keep organising re-organising and I just wanna get it organised and stop organising.. he he.. 

Around Here August 13, 2012 - 1:18 PM

My pantry needs a good clean out, so I’ll be watching out for some tips along the way 🙂

NekoMama August 13, 2012 - 1:31 PM

I agree with you here! It’s all about sharing your experiences and discoveries, not about setting a standard. I look forward to hearing your ideas on organizing the pantry. Mine is overflowing at the moment as I did a major restock and should’ve cleared out the old first. Oh well! When inspiration hits I need everything visible and easy to reach or I get cranky lol!!
Glad to see you returning to your own self Katrina.

Dawn August 13, 2012 - 2:19 PM

I’m on a major declutter & organise mission as well.  I, like you, always feel more calm, relaxed and content when there is a place for everything and everything in its place.  I even started blogging about it, which is really motivating because I can’t blog unless I’ve done some actual work.  I love the way you think about organisation, and it’s all about making things easier so you can enjoy more of life.  And, unlike housework, when your organising is done, it’s done … and may only need to be revisited every 6-12 months to make sure it’s still doing its job.  Thank you for the inspiration!

PALM05 August 13, 2012 - 2:45 PM

I love knowing that my cupboards are tidy – not perfect or pristine but everything where it should be. I am lucky to have a walk-in pantry that is home to my everyday crockery, small appliances and plastics as well so my kitchen is always fairly clear. My brain doesn’t do clutter and I find that I can’t relax if I have things out of place. I love your blog and enjoy reading about your latest endevours. Your twins last party was especially fabulous. I passed the lego cake idea to my neice – she loved it and made one for her son. Cheers to you and your family.

Leanne August 13, 2012 - 4:21 PM

I love your organising skills! You are an inspiration.
You have some fantastic ideas and I am sure that you help
a great many mums! Thank you.

The Flying Drunken Monkey August 13, 2012 - 5:09 PM

It was so nice to talk to you about this today. As I said, I will never be as organised as you but you are a great inspiration for me to be better. That’s the only way to compare is only to try and improve. 

Pompea August 13, 2012 - 5:28 PM

Thank you! For your interesting and inspiring posts.  I’m with you, I feel better when I’m organised.  Maybe the person that criticised you recently re your cupboards should try organising themselves rather than criticising others to make themselves feel better.  THANKS AGAIN x

sarah-jane August 13, 2012 - 5:31 PM

Hi Kat, great to hear that you are back and had a great trip to NY. I am also sorry to hear about your mother. First of all, cannot believe someone would say that you are wasting your life? I guess everyone is entitled to an opinion; I find your blog inspiring and uplifting; it gives me so much needed motivation. This blog is such good timing! I have a very small pantry and I constantly have to tidy up, declutter due to the size, small children and a husband who buys things without checking if we already have it not! About six months ago I took advantage of Sistema being on special at Woolies and the change was remarkable. I would love to have Tupperware but just cannot afford it. In saying that I do use their labels (leftover from when I was a consultant!) and I find they are the best to stay on. Looking forward to reading future posts from you!

Lisa Warren August 13, 2012 - 10:26 PM

I’m with you Kat! I need all the help I can get. If I can save time each day by living in an organised home, it will be well worth it.

Guest August 14, 2012 - 4:25 AM

I love your attitude Kat. It took me years to work out, but I am a much calmer, happier person when my house is tidy – not immaculate, just tidy. We all have our different standards and that’s great.

Meghan Clark August 14, 2012 - 6:39 AM

I”m with you on this one Kat!! An untidy house affects my mood and productivity in ALL areas of my life. Getting organised and establishing routines has made a world of difference. Good luck on your ’20 Days’ project in September! I’ll be following along 🙂

Jacqueline Murphy August 14, 2012 - 7:37 AM

I’m in. My house has turned into a nightmare. We pulled our kitchen out and the rest of the house became a dump. A new kitchen goes in on Thursday so it’s time to have my tidy and organised house back.

Sami August 15, 2012 - 12:02 AM

I have just started following you and after reading a few of your posts I organized my pantry last Saturday! It took me quite a few hours but now I know what is missing and what I have too much of! Next step – wardrobes. I will certainly be reading your next posts.


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