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Operation: Organization–Organized Pantry from Melissa at A Prudent Life


It’s hard to believe that this is the last day of Operation: Organization.  We hope that you’ve been inspired to start a few projects in your own homes–and remember, baby steps!  I am famous for tackling several projects at once, getting overwhelmed, and abandoning all of them.  This year, I’m trying to focus on one thing at a time, and so far, so good.

Melissa’s pantry is one of our favorite projects–so functional and beautiful.  We really like our pantries here at 11 Magnolia Lane (read about them here), and I know you’ll love Melissa’s.  Here she is:


Hi, I’m Melissa from A Prudent Life! I was so honored when the fabulous ladies of 11 Magnolia Lane invited me to join in this round of Operation: Organization. Organization is a huge part of my blog, in big part because I’m unspeakably messy when there isn’t a great system in place. When I’m not busy labeling things, I love mixing frugal finds with little splurges as I work to turn our house into a home that reflects our personalities.

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Over the summer, a blogging friend told me about this fabulous event called the One Room Challenge. Basically, you go temporarily insane and agree to makeover an entire room in 5 weeks, sharing your successes and failures with the whole world in weekly updates. In the middle of the process, I was silently cursing the friend that talked me into it. But by the end, I knew it was one of the best decisions I had ever made.

After considering several rooms in the house that needed attention, I settled on my pantry. Although it’s large for a pantry, it’s small compared to doing something like a bedroom. I knew the smaller square footage meant my money would go farther and I could make the space really special.

Here’s what my pantry looked like when I started:

Pantry BEFORE the One Room Challenge

Before I started any physical work, I made a mood board. It’s the first time I spent a fair amount of time in the planning phase, and now I’ll never tackle a space without this step. My mood board kept me focused and motivated throughout the challenge.

A Prudent Life's One Room Challenge Pantry Mood Board

Through the magic of the internet, I’m going to skip through all the work and get right to the after photos!

Since this is Operation: Organization we’ll start with the functional stuff! On the right wall, I added racks for canned food on the bottom. They were perfect for us because I can quickly see what I have on hand. For the middle shelves, I used plastic bins from the Dollar Tree, but spray painted them to match my color scheme. Labels from my Silhouette machine make it easy to tell what goes where. I put the frequently used items on the lower shelf for easier access. At the top, I used photo boxes to store cookie cutters. Each box is only used once a year so it’s no trouble grabbing the step ladder to get them down.

Canned Food Storage Ideas

Our pantry has a glass door, so I wanted it to look fabulous from the kitchen. I picked out white penny tiles and decided to install them from the countertop all the way up to the ceiling on the back wall. It was a splurge item for sure, but 100% worth it. I minimized the cost by shopping around for the tile and installing all of it myself. I love projects like this that add character to our new build home.

The rest of the items on this side are a mix of old and new. The gold tubs were a clearance IKEA find that I painted gold and labeled. I also purchased Flip-Tite containers at Walmart for our bulk dry goods. They were worth every penny!

A Prudent Life's Organized Pantry Reveal

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