Moving happens. Sometimes moving to a new home – especially in instances when it’s unexpected – gets really chaotic. And when that involves moving in with someone who has been in the space for five years, items get shoved into whatever nook and cranny available. Closet doors get shut and you become okay with the clutter because doing something other than organizing – ANYTHING ELSE – on a sunny weekend afternoon is always the more appealing option. It’s suddenly 10 months later, and the closet we turned into a pantry still looks like this:
Tennis rackets, lunch totes, cat food, packing tape, leftover plastic utensils from a cookout…yikes. The good people at OXO and The Container Store must have crazy good senses about poorly organized pantries because I was asked to participate in their #POPtober giveaway. Have you ever been to The Container Store? I went right after I moved in hope of finding storage solutions for my clothes closet. That place has everything you could ever need to organize a closet, pantry, laundry room, or kitchen. Everything sold there is designed to save space and cut down on the precious time you spend looking for things around your house.
They provided me with this awesome 10 piece OXO POP container set, and 3 OXO cereal containers to help
with the sad situation organize our pantry.
And Ritz was extremely interested in overseeing this project…or investigating the box.
Anyway, the thought of being able to eliminate the amount of cereal boxes and bags of dried hot peppers on top of the refrigerator…
We already had a few OXO POP containers already lying around the apartment, filled with dried beans and gluten-free pasta. The old and new containers have flat lids and stack nicely together so we can see exactly what we have, and everything will be easily accessible rather than being hidden behind other boxes and jars. The lids are also designed with pop-up buttons for easy opening and closing of the containers.
One of the challenges with organizing our pantry was making sure we kept track of cooking directions found on the side of packages. Each brand of gluten-free pasta has different cooking directions, which I know we’d forget. So cutting out the directions or writing them down on a sticky note and taping it to the side of the container is a convenient way of knowing what is what. I keep these labels turned to the side or the back so they’re not visible in my pantry.
Since I’m not sure if there’s any rhyme or reason with Jeff’s ziplock bags of hot peppers, I carefully laid them inside of one of the square containers. Poof! Done!
What a difference:
I know you’re totally inspired to organize your kitchen or pantry now, right? The good news is that POP containers are available at The Container Store locations nationwide, as well as on their website. OXO has a bunch of storage and organization items at The Container Store, some of which you can see here on my OXO Home Storage and Organization Pinterest board: