I didn't even think about organizing my pantry or turning that horrible catch-all closet into a functioning, useable space. Both areas have bugged me for awhile, but it was just never something that made it anywhere close to my to-do list... until Sunday night. I saw someone else post about their new and improved pantry. Oddly, it looked like my catch-all closet. Not the messiness of it, but the layout. The only difference was that my closet didn't have shelves.
I laid awake Sunday night and browsed Home Depot's website for closet storage and organization. I had my shopping list ready for Monday and I was going to tackle this problem! Come Monday I thought back to my "budget" and how if I were going to make changes in 2010 then I probably shouldn't go out and drop $100 on new pullout shelves, baskets, and jars. Next thought - call J. He will know how to make my own. Better yet, he will offer to do it when he gets home from work. Nope, that wouldn't be good. He has been working so hard at work and also on our rental property. I am not going to put this off on him.
Plan B! (or C!..whatever)
I remember this wonky put together shelving unit I had in storage somewhere. I dug it out and got to work. It isn't perfect and I still plan on adding some jars and bins for better organization, but for now, it is done and I DID IT! I love both new spaces. It makes finding things so much easier. Best of all, J was really proud and thankful for the new clean spaces too.
(This bottom shelf is where the new jars and bins will come in handy. I have some excess baking supplies here that need seperate storage.)