Redoing the pantry and stocking up on bulk and canned goods.

Soon I will be posting a video on my recent stocking up of the pantry. I found a new WinCo near us and the love has returned for this store due to it’s amazing bulk section and fantastic prices. It will also help me with a new goal of reducing our waste and plastic use. Everything I purchased was can, bulk, or cardboard. I was able to use paper bags and cardboard at check out and was informed I could use my bags there. Yeehaw!

Let me show you the before and afters of the pantry and kitchen. My neighbor, who had her own catering business for years, would often stand in my kitchen and stare at the mess. I could see her organizing wheels and ask for help. I felt stumped and unmotivated as to what to do with my mess of a kitchen. She was eager, thankfully.

With suggestions from her, Bali and I moved fridge and shelving around the night before and the next day the boys were in their co-op classes, my friend arrived with her apron and we went to work. The day after that I traveled in the smoke (not realizing how bad it would be) and stocked up on canned goods and bulk grains. 3 days and a night later I am done for the most part. Today I need to organize and finish straightening up.

Here is the pantry and all my buckets of dried goods is stored behind the fridge. It was hell to find things.

This still needs straightening and organizing but I can see everything and access my buckets.

My kitchen feels open and tidy now. I will tackle the main pantry today and take more photos.

I think I’ll do a montage of the house before and after for a video. I have cleared out so much stuff and redone the whole house at little cost. It just took an enormous purge, some painting, and a few items of Craigslist. Stay tuned! I’ll post a video Monday.

58 thoughts on “Redoing the pantry and stocking up on bulk and canned goods.

  1. Hi Kate, everything looks so organised now. I always wanted to suggest moving your fridge to your kitchen. But thought that maybe there wasn’t an outlet there. Anyway, I am sure it works so much better for you now. I took your suggestion and converted the guest bed room closet into a temporary pantry. I am stocking up because we cannot go to the grocery stores often (thanks to COVID19) Enjoy your new kitchen and pantry. Take care. Stay safe from the fires and smoke.

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  2. I love it when people share their talents with each other. Time is truly the best gift we can offer each other.
    Looks like you at finding your β€œtribe” in your new town. We are moving soon and I’m hoping the same happens for us.

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  3. Looking great Kate ! Sometimes it just takes another pair of eyes to see things another way. The fridge is where it belongs now. I remember when you first moved in and I saw the outlet on the wall for it. But you had to do what you thought would work at the time. And yes, a pantry must be neat, and tidy and everything organized and accessible. You are almost there, and will be so happy when its all done. I’m SO happy you have a Winco again!!! I love mine, and they have brought back the bulk bins Hooray !!!! Well done Kate ! Well done! Happy Fall 🧑🧑🧑🧑🧑🧑🧑

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  4. Wow Kate, looks really good!!! Has a great flow and definitely seems easier to see and grab what you need.☺️ Always, thank you for your wisdom and sharing, since you’ve mentioned grocery outlet, I went and I’m loving all the organics and plant based items. Let’s me experiment on a budget!! Wish I had a Winco close by. Kitchen looks really sweet and cozy!!!😍

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  5. You go girl. I did a stock-up as well this week – mainly clearance items (2022 dates). I spent the entire day today getting rid of stuff in the kitchen – boxed and in the car to go to thrift store. How many small appliances does one person need? It is so refreshing getting rid of things.
    Making life simple again!

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  6. I love this arrangement! I am excited to see the video on Monday. Yay for finding a close by Winco. This will really help your budget. I am praying that you all will be safe from the fires. All that smoke must be hard on you.

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  7. So far, so good! Just wondering, can you fit any of your food in the built in cabinets? We always used the wall cabinets as pantries growing up and really minimized our dishes and glassware to make room for the canned goods and smaller items. We were a family 5 growing up and it worked out well. Just a suggestion, of course! If you can’t do that, maybe a cabinet with doors for storage? Then you can hide it all from view LOL That’s what my mom does and her kitchen is smaller than yours.

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  8. It looks awesome! I love that the fridge is in the kitchen, which must be a huge bonus. I knew your kitchen didn’t look as nice as the way it was kept in your former home but figured that you must need to figure out the cabinets etc. This looks really good. I’m so glad that your neighbor was willing to help you organize it all.

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  9. Looking good! I so would love having someone who could help me rearrange my pantry. I have [barely] started purging. The pantry area is what truly scares me. I would like to have at least 6 months of food stored up, but there is no way with what a mess my “pantry area” [not exactly a pantry] is.

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  10. This has inspired me to clear out and organize my home. Its feeling so much lighter, brighter and happier now! Thank you for being a beacon πŸ’› Your home is looking so lovely and fresh – how blessed are you to have a wonderful friend to help you !πŸ’œ

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  11. Love it! What a great friend to come and help you β™‘ I cleaned out my pantry this week as well its kind of freeing to have it all organized and looking pretty. And you can see what you do and DON’T have enough of. I’m so glad ypu decided to paint your rooms …white doesn’t suit your lovely personality! Can’t wait to see the new blog post on Monday I’m looking forward to that ! Gaila in the NW

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  12. Love a good sort out. It sometimes takes another set of eyes to really get it sorted, often not my hubby’s πŸ˜‰. I’m do lucky to have a pantry in this house and when it’s a mess my meal planning is so much harder. Looking forward to a cideo when your’re ready. The colours in your home are a delight, it just brightens up the day. Blessings to all.

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  13. Your neighbor saw your pantry with a fresh set of eyes. That was nice of her to help. Sometimes we get busy with other things in life and can’t see things. I was glad about the new Winco. Take care in the smoke. I am on the East Coast and have been seeing California on the News.

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  14. Hi Kate, I have pantry envy!!! 😁
    My kitchen is a long galley kitchen, with no fitted units apart frim the kitchen sink. The only place to store dry goods,tins ect is my under stair cupboard. I dream of a small kitchen extension one day to allow for such a store. Haha! Take care my friend πŸ€žπŸ™

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