The chocolate chip bag kept falling over and mushing into the peanut butter.
And the cracker boxes a few shelves up were constantly falling over (Wire shelves!--read like "Newman!").
So, I bought a few containers for the chocolate chips and crackers.
But then before I knew it, the rubber mallet and I had taken out all of the wire shelves.
And started to paint.
A really, really crazy color--gray. Warm, cozy sweatshirt gray. (It's so dramatic, isn't it? ;)
And apparently, nothing will bring out the imagination quite like a table covered in sundries (or an empty pantry closet).
M has her little dolls traipsing through the canned goods table-scape.
The baskets were re-lined with fresh cardboard to add a nice flat surface for stacking cans and boxes. And, yes, the obligatory organized-pantry labels were added. ;)
But most importantly, I rearranged the items on the shelves to make more sense for little hands.
(And never needed the containers I had originally bought to fix the chocolate chip bag problem.)
- The cereals and crackers moved down to a kid-friendly level (eliminating the need for THIS.).
- The plastic bags also found a more user-friendly home (from the top corner, to right beside the snacks). (I need to stand on my tip-toes to reach the top shelf.)
- The chips and pretzels that used to be all falling down up there on the top left got their very own basket--still on the top.
- And the vinegars and oils got pulled out of a very congested corner.
- We have only two cookbooks--the leafy binder and the Weber cookbook that's hiding under it.
- We do use the mixer and bread maker quite regularly. (Let me clarify--J uses the bread maker regularly--he's very good at making bread. :)
- We have another pantry for stuff like paper plates, flours and sugars, etc. in a BIG cupboard in the laundry room.
And the gray--it's so...drastic. ;) (But it definitely covered up all of those scuff marks.)
A quick, easy project that makes it all work better.