I was taking out the trash yesterday, like I always do. Up until now I wouldn't have given it a second thought, but now, of course, I'm focused on it. I even weighed it so I'd have something to measure against. For those that care, I had 7lb of landfill garbage and 11lbs of recycling.
So I got to thinking that maybe it would be entertaining to take some "before" shots. Just to look back on. Here's a picture of my pantry right now. As you can see everything is packaged. Notice the paper towels on the floor and the Kleenex scattered about. What a mess!
Well, we all have to start somewhere. ;) Anyone else want to share their "before" pictures? The good, the bad, and the ugly. ;)
Alas, I did not take a "before" picture, but here is my "after" photo. I know that ZW purists will not like the plastic containers, but I know how clumsy I am.... For those who prefer plastic, though, they are SISTEMA brand, available from Macy's (Martha Stewart line with mint green gaskets & clips) or from the Container Store (Klip-It with blue gaskets & clips).
For those of you who love the flip-top glass jars in Bea's kitchen, I just returned from IKEA where they are selling various sizes for about half the price of the Le Parfait jars elsewhere. If I was going to reorganize my pantry again, I would go to IKEA for containers -- it would have saved me half a fortune, and they have a nice variety of glass container options.
I had a startle for a moment- your pantry cabinet is the same as mine and is located in such a similiar manner in my kitchen that and filled in such a similiar way... well it' s kindof freaky! I will have to dig up my camera and put a picture on here!
Hahaha, so funny that the pantries are exactly alike. I'm jealous that the two of you are so far ahead of me. Although I have made some progress in the past couple of months, my pantry is still a mess. Still lots of packaging. I'm going to post an updated pic anyway. At least there is progress and once I have completely converted to glass, it will make this journey feel even more rewarding.
Having previously mentioned my clumsiness, I will update everyone to say that I finally did drop a full, unopened half gallon of milk (glass) on my tile floor. My concern had always been that the floor tiles would crack (they didn't), but you would not believe how many millions of tiny shards the pitcher shattered into. Imagine wiping up very wet liquid full of tiny shards. Took about an hour to clean up, and I am still finding glass pieces around the house.