Okay, I’m moving like a snail when it’s comes to making updates here in my kitchen, but I’m hoping to pick up the pace next week to get everything done by the end of these 6 weeks of the One Room Challenge. As I mentioned last week, I’ve tried to finish two separate projects in previous challenges (one didn’t get finished in time and the other was my bedroom in the apartment we recently moved from), so I’m really motivated this time.
Here’s a before photo of my kitchen when we first moved in:
I’ve been working on a couple projects in my mom’s home, since I’ve moved my office to one of her spare bedrooms. We had a big Christmas party at my mom’s home, so we wanted to get some updates done there before the holidays.
When I got the opportunity to work with Blinds.com, I was excited to dress the windows. My mom’s kitchen is really dark, but for a couple hours a day, the windows expose the kitchen to very harsh lighting. We wanted to filter that light, but still have light come in to brighten up that space.
I’ve been hinting at possibly moving to a new apartment for a while now… first I’m moving… then, I’m staying… then, I’m moving. As of right now, I really don’t know what we’re doing. We’re not looking for a new place anymore, but if a new apartment knocks on a door and invites me over, then I’ll probably be like: OKAY, LET’S GO!
So, with that being said, I’m preparing for a JUST-IN-CASE type of situation. I’m trying to make a possible move as easy as I can by first starting with painting my kitchen back white. Right now I have a black wall (that has seen better days, btw). When I first moved in, I couldn’t handle all the white and was wishing for at least one black wall in my apartment.
I finally launched my 30+ page eBook, the Easy Guide to Decorating a Rental Apartment. If you rent and want a fabulous space without spending all your money or losing your deposit, you definitely need to grab your copy!
In the eBook, I’m touching on:
My favorite paint colors to use in rentals
Other options if you can’t paint
Gallery wall options
Updating ugly fixtures
How to ensure you get your deposit back
Using color in apartments
I’m also sharing some short stories from life in my previous apartments.
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Today is Day 2 of my 10 Days to an Organized Home challenge!
The 10 Days to an Organized Home Challenge (#10DaysOH) is all about freeing your home of access clutter and making it more functional. We’ll be working each day in another part of your home to get rid of things that you don’t need and make a designated place for everything that you do need.
Today, we’re working in the pantry. If you don’t have a pantry, and are using cabinets for food storage, the same tips would apply. Make sure you share before, during, and/or after pics on social media with the hashtag #10DaysOH. If you aren’t signed up for the challenge already, sign up here. You’ll receive an email each day with your daily assignments.
If you’re lucky enough to have a pantry, it’s probably cluttered and organized. I’m sure you don’t even know what you have in there. That IS the reason you’ve joined this challenge, right?
I don’t have a pantry, so I’m sharing how I helped my mom with hers. Here’s the before photo:
It was rarely used and served as a catchall place for stuff that couldn’t fit in her cabinets. She keeps most of her food items in her kitchen cabinets, but wanted the pantry to house her baking supplies, small appliances, and other miscellaneous stuff that would usually sit on the counters.
Here’s what it looks like now:
To start, removed everything out of her pantry and gave the entire interior a fresh coat of white paint, including the brown shelves. I scraped off the old white paint on the door, but kept it brown.
She wanted to bring in the color red. I suggested that we mix it with a little black and white.Then, I gathered everything that needed to be stored in the pantry.
She had a lot of plastic containers bought from wholesale supply stores that used to hold parsley, garlic powder, sugar, etc., so we cleaned them out, scraped off the old labels, and created new labels to help organize the food that will be stored in the pantry. For the labels, I simply used mailing labels and trimmed each one with black and white polka dot washi tape.
I added and labeled a basket “baking” to hold her baking foods, like baking powder, small pie crusts, and cake mixes. She needed a new mixing bowl, so we bought this cute one from Walmart and stored it next to her baking foods.
As you can see, I also added in two inexpensive wood art pieces that she had for a LONG time. They work perfect in her pantry. Don’t be afraid to add a little art in your pantry for an unexpected touch and pop of fun.
I bought a rattan basket for the floor. Potatoes, large containers, textiles, and anything else that can’t fit on the shelves can be stored here. Next to the basket is her electric knife and waffle maker.
So, what do you think? This is definitely a transformation from what it was before, but it was fairly easy just by removing knick-knacks and only storing what was necessary.
Ready to organize your pantry? Here are some tips.
Tips to Organize your Pantry
Remove everything out of your pantry.
Clean dirty walls and add a coat of paint, if needed.
Throw away (or give away) anything that isn’t being used or move them to a more fitting place.
Reserve your top shelf for items you don’t use too often.
Use baskets and other storage containers to corral like items or smaller items that can be pulled out together at once.
Use stackable storage containers to stack items and maximize shelf space.
Reuse old food containers, clean them, and make new labels.
Here are some images of great storage solutions for pantries:
That’s it all I have for now, guys! Now, lets see how YOU organize YOUR pantry. Make sure you share photos on social media with the hastag #10DaysOH. I hope these tips help! If you have any questions, leave me a comment below or come join my Decor & DIY facebook group.
If you’re looking for more tips to complete your assignment for today, check out our challenge Pinterest board below. There are lots of pins that can inspire you. Be sure to follow the board. If you want to pin to the board, send me an email at hello[at]whitneyjdecor[dot]com.