Our family purchases most of our organic pantry staples in bulk which makes having a functional pantry system essential for keeping staples organized, easy to access and fresh. This is something that we had struggled with for years – our pantry was hard to utilize making it difficult to know what we had on hand or what staples we needed when we did our marketing.
Not to mention, we were using these really old plastic containers to store some of our food – and every time I would go to get something I worried about the effects of storing my family’s food in plastic. And the items that weren’t being stored properly could possible go stale, resulting in food waste. We were craving a better pantry system and knew that a makeover was essential to living a more sustainable lifestyle.
The mister and I decided to use glass containers because we wanted containers that you could see through making finding exactly what you are looking for a snap, and since glass doesn’t leach chemicals we feel that it is the safest way to store our food. After scouring our local Target store and Target.com, we put together a design plan for our pantry space; here are the pieces that we chose.
1. Montana Glass Storage Jars
These glass storage jars are wonderful because they are large enough to hold large quantities of bulk items, have a large mouth making access to the products inside easy and the lids are air-tight seals keeping the contents fresh.
2. Ribbed Glass Canister Set
These containers are much smaller than the Montana glass storage containers making them perfect for organizing products that you have smaller quantities of. These are also air-tight seals and fit nicely side by side int he pantry.
The mister and I got to work, turning our unorganized pantry into a chef’s haven – using the glass storage containers above and grabbing inspiration from a nice chat with Soleil Moon Frye! I will share our Q + A session later this week.
Our first step was to remove everything from the pantry and give it a good scrub down. I couldn’t believe the amount of food that we actually had stuffed in those cabinets, we did an initial purge getting rid of those non-organic items that we weren’t going to consume and also any products that had been left over from when friends and family visited. We then laid out where we wanted the canisters to be stored and started to fill them with our staples. Here is a peek at the very messy, unorganized before photo and the super organized, easy to find and use after photo.
We are delighted with the end result – it is even better than we thought it would be. Eben is able to find a snack quickly without tearing the entire cabinet apart. When it is time to prepare a meal or do our marketing it only takes a moment to check to see what items we have or need more of and I don’t have to worry about plastic leaching into my family’s food anymore.
That wraps up our sustainable pantry makeover, it’s a pretty simple project that only takes an afternoon to complete – I hope it inspires you to organize your family’s pantry for more sustainable eating.
I am a member of the Target Inner Circle – all opinions expressed are my own. Target supplied the glass containers for this makeover and there are a couple of affiliate links included in the post. Thank you for your support!