Kitchen Pantry Major Makeover!

by Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy New Year Homies!!

I and a few of my blogger gal pals are getting together to share a few tips, tricks and DIYs for #10daysoforganizing. This collaboration was sent to me from the heavens at the perfect time.  I have been whining and moaning about how I wanted to get my home in order this year and this project was the kick in the butt I needed to get it done.

First up, was my kitchen pantry.  For lack of better words, it was a hot poo mess. So bad in fact that I would have the intention of making a meal, open my pantry, and decide to starve because I “couldn’t find” anything to eat.  Plus it can be embarrassing when guests come over, and your pantry looks chaotic.

So I set out on a mission to declutter and organize my pantry for better functionality and peace of mind.

Here is how the pantry looked in 2016: #braceyourself

Now in 2017. New Year. New Pantry!

Here is how I tackled this messy pantry.


First, I took everything out of the pantry, cleaned it and took inventory of all the grocery items.  

Make A Plan

The most daunting part was deciding how many seal tight containers, jars, and baskets I was going to need so drew a mockup of my pantry to get a better visual.


I wanted to spruce up the walls some without painting them since in a few months or so we will tearing down the entire kitchen wall including the pantry, so I used white and gray Morrocan print contact paper to cover the back wall and white contact paper for the shelves.

Containers and Baskets

Once the walls and shelves were covered I tackled unboxing all the dry foods and placing them in IKEA 365+ containers and Droppar glass jars. 

I used a lazy Susan from The Container Store and small jars I found at the Goodwill to hold tea bags and small condiment packets.

Metallic wire baskets are aesthetically pleasing and are great for holding boxed goods that don’t get used often, foil and extra snacks. I found these baskets at Goodwill, Walmart, and Dollar Tree.


Baskets can be used to hold produce like potatoes, onions, and bread. I splurged a little on the open front basket from The Container Store and the other basket is from IKEA. But totally worth my sanity and peace of mind.

Now this little thing is the best invention since sliced bread.  This 3 tier expanding shelf is perfect for can and jars.  Every item can be seen so you know what you have and don’t in the pantry which can help make shopping trips efficient and meal planning a breeze. Purchased from The Container Store.

Once all the food was placed in the container, jars and baskets it looked amazing.  I felt organizational anxiety lifting off my shoulders but I needed to take it a step further to make the pantry organization fool proof for the other patrons in my household also known as Sirr and Royal!


I decided to label the baskets and containers with custom chalkboard labels so everyone will know where things are exactly. No more:

Him:”Babe, where’s the spaghetti?”

Me: “In the pantry.”

Him: ” I don’t see it.”

Me: “It’s in there. Did you look?”

Him: “I’m standing right here. I don’t see it.”

Me: “If I have to get up and come in there I’m going to be mad.”

Him: ” It’s not here.”

Me: *gets up, goes to the pantry and pulls out the D*#n spaghetti and stares at him*

Him: “Oh, there it is! lol”

~No more I say no more!

I bought a roll of chalkboard contact paper and to save you some time creating your own labels I made up some label templates which you can download for free below!

Click Here To Download Template

Instructions are pretty simple. Cut out label template. Trace on the back on the contact paper. Cut out the label and adhere to the desired container. Viola!


Well, there you have it!  I feel great about my made over pantry and you will too! Don’t hesitate to get organized during the new year.  Anytime is a great time to get started. Continue on with the #10daysoforganizing extravaganza with these following ladies!

Mon. Jan 9 – Andrea (Decorating Cents)
Tues. Jan 10 – Whitney (Whitney J Decor)
Wed. Jan 11 – Katrina (Chic Little House)
Thurs. Jan 12 – Nicole (She Does a Bunch)
Fri. Jan 13 – Crystal (Holliday Collective)
Sat. Jan 14 –  Carli (Fearfully and Wonderfully Made)
Sun. Jan 15 – Alaya (Behind the Big Green Door)
Mon. Jan 16 Erin (Live Pretty on a Penny)
Tues. Jan 17 – Ashley (The Handy Homegirl)
Wed. Jan 18 – Saidah (Aprons and Stilletos)

Watch this tutorial in action!


9 Responses
  • Erin
    January 17, 2017

    Your pantry looks great Ashley. I love the stenciled contact paper. And I totally agree about having an organized space reducing so much anxiety!

  • Alaya
    January 17, 2017

    The wallpaper is fab! Both you and Erin have motivated me to get my pantry together! I love the different jars and containers that you used!

    • Handyhomegirl14
      January 18, 2017

      i need to get my bathroom closet together. all the natural hair products are sprawled every whichaway

  • Carli
    January 18, 2017

    I hd to laugh at your dialogue because after I completed my closet, I showed everyone where everything would be placed for now on, two minutes later my husband says “have you seen my keys?” ??.

    This came out so nice love the clear bins and the contact paper backdrop.

    • Handyhomegirl14
      January 18, 2017

      it never fails lol

  • Nicole
    January 18, 2017

    This looks so good Ashley !! You did a great job !

    • Handyhomegirl14
      January 18, 2017

      Thank you very much!

  • Your Mom
    January 18, 2017

    Your pantry looks great! I love it! Now I can find stuff when I visit.

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