|It is difficult to get enough light from this angle but this was the best I could do!|
The pain was, however, constant reminder of the organizing which started it all (I am convinced it was getting to those very tippy top shelves that did me in!) so I'm going to make lemonade out of lemons and share photos of the results!
I love my yellow "chimney pantry". We inherited it and my brother-in-law took its' twin which has been refinished. Do not ever touch mine! I love the original chippy paint and my daughter has already claimed it when I go to my reward. She has warned her father not to even think of refinishing it. ;)
But I digress.... I reorganize the yellow pantry a few times a year, one shelf in particular can become very messy and when objects kept falling out as I opened the door... it was time.
The shelf with the chocolate chips and such is the one that can have things pile up... and they were! That is where I put the packages that are half full as well as a few that are unopened. You get enough of the half full packages and they come... tumbling. They look much better now.
Then as I was cleaning and reorganizing the yellow pantry, I realized a lot of the items used to decorate cakes and cupcakes were taking up prime pantry Real Estate and I rarely use them these days... they could be moved. They were on that bottom shelf which now can hold a lot of other items, including the taller bags and bottles.
But it was that switch that started the kitchen cabinet project. Of course, if you are going to change one shelf you may as well organize and change all of them. Right? Tell me you see my logic?
Yes, it is true... if you give a mouse a cookie. ;)
The kitchen cabinets only needed minor tweaking but while I was at it, I looked at the dates on items that had been in both the yellow pantry and the cabinets for awhile. I was shocked to find both boxes of liquid fruit pectin I planned to use soon were two years past their use by date!
I ended up tossing a few items and you know I use things past their due date by quite a bit. But I'm not taking any chances going to all that work to make jam and have it not "take" because the pectin is that far past its' use by date.
Oh, the objects that started it all? They are now in that white box (flat) on the very top shelf of the kitchen cabinets. Ready to use perhaps once or twice a year and now their former shelf holds a lot of taller items.
I wish I'd thought of this a couple years ago... how often we can make more space by just rethinking how we use it.