Day 1 Christmas Break: Clean up the pantry

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I first realized I had an organization issue last week when I couldn’t find the oatmeal and it was right at my feet. It needs to be at eye level since it is healthier for me than the cookies.

So I started looking at Pinterest one evening, and at 1 a.m. I realized I needed to do something about the problem or I would self-destruct into a weepy, anxious mess. (Can anyone look at Pinterest and not feel like they need to go craft, decoupage or reorganize something? That may just be another of my problems.)

I had already rearranged the pantry a bit when I took the before pic. I bought the red accent shelf organizers at the local Dollar Tree. I used an old file sorter to organize my reusable bags and lunch totes.

I also moved all of my not-as-often used appliances, like our George Foreman and small crockpots to the second to top shelf.

I still need to tackle the very bottom and very top shelf, but overall this only took me about a half hour.

Not bad for my first day off from work for Christmas and New Year. And, yes, I do feel better.

And, I am fighting the urge to NOT add labels. But, I will post photos of what is generally where.

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It also appears that the cookies are still at eye level but they are destined for Christmas baking tomorrow—and will be leaving the house for my parents for the holidays.

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