Organizing My Party Pantry

I have been busy organizing cupboards and closets (ok, really it is just one closet so far!) the last couple of weeks.  I feel like I am slowly making some progress.  I say slowly because we are on a budget and I can not justify going a one big spending spree at The Container Store, Home Goods or Burlington Coat Factory to purchase everything on my “wish list”. I really feel that having the right products do make getting (and staying) organized is important.  Plus, if I am going to do the work, I want it to function and look great too!

Last week, at The Container Store I purchased one of my favorite organization tools~ Their Shoe Box.  I buy their bulk box (20 boxes for $33).  At the Costa Mesa, CA store the boxes are located at the front left of the store when you walk in.

I have found them to be the best boxes for organizing everything from kids toys, craft supplies, party items and of course

shoes!   Over the next couple of posts you will see these boxes used.  In this family of four, I often find myself fighting a lone battle of organization.  I mean really, isn’t life easier when we can all find our stuff  in neatly labeled boxes?  How many minutes a day do we (I really mean THEM) spend looking for stuff?  I have resorted to telling Mr. Cabana, “I would like everything to have a specific place (preferably labeled) in case something were to happen to me.”  Fatalistic?  Perhaps, but I see it as being “prepared”.  

My theory was put into action last week when a friend stopped by to pick up some party supplies.  I was on the phone and unable to help her.  I sent her and Mr. Cabana to my (newly!) organized Party Pantry and guess what?  They were able to find exactly what they were looking for WITHOUT ME!!!!  That is something to be proud of, right?  I can actually feel my hour-glass gaining a few sands of time…

Now I am under illusions of grandeur regarding my Party Pantry or closets.  I drool just like the rest of you over the AMAZING pictures on Pinterest of pantries that frankly, I just will never (ok, maybe not NEVER, but seriously not likely!) have.  Seriously?!?  Can you believe this pantry below?  Sadly, I think it is about the size of my master bathroom…

                                                                                                        Source: zillow.com via Butterscotch Lady on Pinterest

But my inexpensive OSH garage cupboards have done their job for us for 10 years so far. Do the shelves sag in the middle a tad? Yes, but Mr. Cabana can fix that! So I choose to be proud of my pantry just as it is (imagine my fist in the air)!

BEFORE~

BEFORE~

This was organized at one point.  These baskets just did not work out.

This was organized at one point. These baskets just did not work out.

The napkins were out of control!!!

The napkins were out of control!!!

Great size without wasting space with a lid that overhangs the box too much.

Great size without wasting space with a lid that overhangs the box too much.

I buy a box of 20 for about $33

I buy a box of 20 for about $33

~AFTER~

~AFTER~

Now I can finally keep track of the right sized lids to buy!

Now I can finally keep track of the right sized lids to buy!

~AFTER~

~AFTER~

100_5215

HomeGoods cake stands.

HomeGoods cake stands.

Metal buckets that I seem to use for everything!

Metal buckets that I seem to use for everything!

This is an ongoing project as I will probably tweak it over time.   To keep it organized this time, I have labeled each box and the shelf location with my Dynamo Label maker from Target(I LOVE THIS TOOL!!!).

So I hope if you ever need anything from my Party Pantry, I know you (and Mr. Cabana)  will be able to find it without my help!

Until next time,

Butterscotch Lady

Comments

  1. I resemble that friend who stopped by! THANK YOU for inspiring us ALL to be organized and more importantly, helping us throw BEAUTIFUL parties!!!

  2. Kirsten McGlynn says:

    Come over and organize my pantry… Please!!!!

  3. Kathleen Callahan says:

    I’m jealous! You are so organized and everything easy to find. Maybe someday I will achieve that goal! Keep up your good work!!

    k

%d bloggers like this: