Our Family Unit



Welcome to my sad, crowded, disorganized mess of a pantry.  It has needed some TLC for quite some time, but I never got around to doing anything about it until last September I couldn’t take it anymore.  That’s when I saw a couple of pantry redos on Pinterest and got inspired.  So I set to work organizing, pulled things out, thought about new placement, emptied ugly store containers to fill labeled Tupperware that I had on hand and stuffed everything back in.  Sadly, the picture above is what it looked like AFTER I “organized”.  All that energy and the result was that Kyle couldn’t find his cereal in the morning because it was on a different shelf!  So, deflated, I walked away for a few weeks.  Then my mom came in October and re-inspired me.  We went to IKEA, land of great cheap organization, and talked paint color and label design.  My Silhouette Cameo didn’t arrive in time to do the vinyl labels with her, but I started on those a few weeks later.  Right before Christmas, Kyle convinced me to paint and get rid of the tacky contact paper and finally this week, I finished painting the shelves.  After 6 months, it’s finally complete and I love it!

A little paint and a few cute containers and organizational tools made such a difference!

One of the best ideas was to use the door space.  Although Kyle raised his eye brows a bit at the red baskets (his quote after I told him what I wanted to use them for, “OK, but what are they supposed to be used for?”).  And I LOVE having the spices there, hanging pretty on the door, easy to see, easy to reach.  Perfect!  I told Kyle it was what I’d “always wanted” and he said if he’d known a magnetic board and tin cans would make me this happy, he would have done it a long time ago.  Lesson:  Better Communication – the key to every good marriage!  :)  Oh well.

The Silhouette was a godsend.  It was so easy to use and I loved how the vinyl labels turned out.  It had a little trouble doing the tiny labels for the spice cans, not because it wouldn’t cut the vinyl, just that the little bits it was cutting out tended to get caught in the blade.  It was more trouble to apply the labels than make them.  I’ve read that transfer paper makes this part easier, so if I ever need to do this again, I think I will go that route.

One thing that I think made my pantry so ugly before is all the little packages of junk that make it look like the baking aisle threw up on the shelf.  So I bought these cute boxes at IKEA and labeled them too.  Now the popcorn salt, taco seasoning, bread crumbs, marshmallows, etc are all hidden away and not cluttering up my pretty pantry.

Now for a little Before & After:

Top Shelf – before everyday items like cereal and bread were hidden among all the unopened Costco stash.  After, it’s reserved for the unopened food items and a few big container spices.

2nd Shelf – before the stacking of stuff drove me crazy whenever I needed something on the bottom, but after I put those white wire shelves to better use and fixed my container issue with new coordinating ones.

Third Shelf – before I could never find the can I was looking for and always bought more of what I already had by mistake.  After, the can organizer and red boxes cleaned up the clutter.

4th Shelf – I’m not sure why I don’t have a before pic but the after speaks for itself.

Bottom Shelf – before it was packed with stash items always looked cluttered.  After, most things are hidden in the black container and what’s out can be neatly stacked.  And who doesn’t love a basket of root veggies, right?

I’ve finally completed what may have been the most unnecessarily long project EVER.  But I really do enjoy it.  The red makes me happy when I open the door and I love that it’s so much more usable now.  Shoulda done this a long time ago…

If you’d like more info on any of the containers I used, click here for the details.  Hope this inspires a little pantry project of your own!


  • Comment by Mom — January 22, 2012 @ 7:58 AM

    This is INCREDIBLE! I love the organization and would give up eating just to keep it straight. I’ve picked “our” next project for your future Colorado trip. Bring the cameo!

  • Comment by Abbie — February 8, 2012 @ 7:24 PM

    LOVE it!! you MUST submit this to my FAVORITE blog….yours is 2nd fav ;)…..www.iheartorganizing.blogspot.com u will love the blog. she will love this post! then more people will see your blog and be inspired by your awesomeness! do it!

  • Comment by Ashley — May 23, 2012 @ 10:15 AM

    AWESOME! Quick question: Where did you find the can racks? I need them in my life ASAP!

  • Comment by Nicole — May 23, 2012 @ 11:18 AM

    Do you mind if I ask were you got the board and cans for the spices? Oh, and do they slid when you open and close the door. I love the idea, but have never taken the risk of purchasing something like that just because I was afraid the spices would fall. Just my luck one of my little ones would be standing next to me and a spice fall and hit them on the head!! Any who, I also love the idea of the basket as well! I actually purchased a canvas folder pocket at Wal-Mart (it was on clearance for three dollars) and did the same thing for our chips!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Comment by Smart Momma — May 23, 2012 @ 11:28 AM

    this is so awesome!!! i wonder where did you buy those magnetic board & tin cans? and how much did you spend all in all? if you don’t care telling me these…

    smart momma

  • Comment by Jenni — May 23, 2012 @ 12:19 PM

    Where did you get your tin cans and red baskets? Gotta have them!

  • Comment by Katie — May 23, 2012 @ 12:32 PM

    Abbie is right! I love your pantry makeover! Working on mine, but still have a ways to go. I haven’t looked at your other blog posts yet, but if you haven’t already….please share more of your makeovers with us blog junkies! I’m a naturally disorganized person who loves organization, but has a hard time getting there. I’m a copycat organizer taking all the clever ideas of others and using it in hopes of home and life organization!


  • Comment by Carly — May 23, 2012 @ 1:07 PM

    Where did you get that can organizer? That is great!

  • Comment by Renee — May 23, 2012 @ 1:21 PM

    I saw your post on I heart Organizing. Love your pantry!!! where are the red hanging baskets on the door from!!! GREAT IDEA!!

  • Comment by Sandra Simmons — May 23, 2012 @ 1:28 PM

    Would you please tell me where you got the canned goods metal holder? The one with Campbells, Ragu, Grillin Beans, etc. in it? I LOVE IT!! LOVE!! I have been looking for something like this for a long time now and have never seen this one – it’s perfect!

  • Comment by Denise — May 23, 2012 @ 1:30 PM

    OMG OMG OMG OMG I just saw this on iheartorganizing and I think I’m in love with you… no really. Totally love the boxes you used for packaged foods, and LOVE the vinyls you used as labels. Can you come to my house and help!? AWESOME job! Following you on pinterest now, crossing my fingers to find more amazing ideas for my own home!

  • Comment by Kristal — May 23, 2012 @ 1:30 PM

    Would you mind sharing the links to some of the containers? Where did you get those red “baskets” on the door?

  • Comment by Rachael — May 23, 2012 @ 1:46 PM

    I saw your pantry redo on iheartorganizing and it looks great. I recently redid my pantry but need to tweak a few things. Where did you get the wire racks that your canned goods are on? That is what I am looking for to finish off one of my shelves.
    I really love the red details, what a fun way to spice things up in the kitchen.

  • Comment by L G Andrews — May 23, 2012 @ 2:15 PM

    PLEASE share your source for the spice containers!! I have been looking for some but, maybe smaller, for months! Did you get a good price or just “bite the bullet” and go for it?

  • Comment by Sandra — May 23, 2012 @ 2:30 PM

    I love the red! Great idea cleaning up the clutter with the red boxes. How do you like your can holder? Would you recommend it?

    Sandra from http://www.simpleispretty.com

  • Comment by Karen — May 23, 2012 @ 3:19 PM

    Looks amazing! Now I want to tweak mine! Where are the containers from that have the nuts in them? That would use vertical space much better than what I have.

  • Comment by Lucretia — May 23, 2012 @ 4:57 PM

    Hi Everyone! Thanks so much for taking a moment to stop by and for all your warm comments! I love hearing from you. I just put up a new post that gives details on all the containers I used: http://www.ourfamilyunit.com/2012/05/23/pantry-organization-featured-on-i-heart-organizing/ Most everything was from IKEA, the can organizer and red tupperware containers were from Amazon. The spice containers are still one of my favorite things and Nicole, they have great magnets, no problems whatsoever with sliding. I did dump sage one day, but that was my own fault for not making sure the lid was on properly. :) Happy Organizing!

  • Comment by INEZ FOREMAN — May 23, 2012 @ 9:21 PM

    WOW, I am inspired to copy.

  • Comment by Lucretia — May 24, 2012 @ 10:48 PM

    Hi Sandra, I definitely recommend the can holder. It’s super sturdy and I chose it over others because it allowed me to store a lot of cans without them all having to be the same thing. I just don’t buy 20 cans of the same kind of beans. This lets me have the variety.

  • Comment by Lucretia — May 24, 2012 @ 10:50 PM

    Hi Karen, The nut boxes were from IKEA. Called Krus Jar with Lid. I love them. I use the dividers in one and not in the other two, they work great.

  • Comment by Lucretia — May 24, 2012 @ 10:53 PM

    The spice containers are Grundtal from IKEA. It was an OK price, 3 for 4.99. I’d been looking for a while too and just decided to do it. Love it so much more than the plastic bottles from the grocery store!

  • Comment by Lucretia — May 24, 2012 @ 10:55 PM

    Rachel, hi. The canned goods rack was from Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000KKIP3Y/ref=wms_ohs_product . It’s a little on the big side but super sturdy!

  • Comment by Lucretia — May 24, 2012 @ 10:56 PM

    Hi Kristal, I made a new post with all the container links here http://www.ourfamilyunit.com/2012/05/23/pantry-organization-featured-on-i-heart-organizing/ . The red baskets are actually trash baskets from IKEA, called Rationell Variera.

  • Comment by Lucretia — May 24, 2012 @ 10:57 PM

    So glad you love it Sandra. I got it off Amazon here http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000KKIP3Y/ref=wms_ohs_product . Enjoy!

  • Comment by Lucretia — May 24, 2012 @ 10:58 PM

    Hi Renee, the baskets are from IKEA. Rationell Variera trash baskets – that’s why my husband raised his eye brows. :) But they do work great for chips!

  • Comment by Lucretia — May 24, 2012 @ 10:59 PM

    Hi Carly, It was this one off Amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000KKIP3Y/ref=wms_ohs_product. Works great!

  • Comment by claudine — November 5, 2012 @ 12:30 PM

    Your pantry labels are gorgious!
    But I wonder what font you used
    on them..and how to proceed to
    create it with vinyl.
    I would appreciate very much
    your explanations.
    Thank you so very much,

  • Comment by Patty — December 4, 2012 @ 8:28 AM

    I just found your site today and I am really enjoying it! I love my Silhouette for vinyl, my husband says that anything not moving is gonna have vinyl on it, lol. I know this post was a while ago, so forgive me if you’ve already done this – I learned about using clear contact paper as transfer tape – it’s much cheaper than the ‘official’ transfer tape, and worked great for me. You cut off the size you need, peel it from the backing and press it against something like an old tshirt to ‘destickify’ it a little bit, then use it on the vinyl.

    Now to go read even more of your wonderful blog … I hope you and your family are having a wonderful Christmas season!


  • Comment by Lucretia — December 4, 2012 @ 9:37 AM

    Hi Patty, Thanks for the tip! I haven’t tried contact paper yet, but will. It’s a great idea.

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