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Easy Pantry Organization Update – Affordable Pantry Organization Ideas

03.26.17

I’ve been wanting to organize our pantry for a long time now and finally this weekend we started and got a huge chunk of it done. It’s not perfect yet and I still have a couple more things that I need to get done before I officially categorize it as finished, but I’m not sure when that will be, so I’m posting about an easy pantry organization update today.

I LOVE pantry organization videos on YouTube, in fact, they are some of my favorite kinds of videos to watch, after vegan recipe videos, that is. I have been watching a bunch of videos and scouring Pinterest for ideas for easy pantry organization ideas that also looks beautiful and are functional. So, today, I’m going to walk you through what I did to organize our pantry on a budget.

So this picture shows you how our pantry looked before we organized it. It was actually quite organized, in that we knew exactly where everything was. But, I wanted everything to look uniform and also wanted it to be visually appealing. A lot of the pantry items were stacked on top of each other, and everything was overly crowded. So, I thought it would be a good idea to build two more shelves to get some more working space. The original shelves were spread quite far apart, so I thought we could fit two more shelves. I measured the tallest item in our pantry and made sure that the shelves that we would build would accommodate this item.

I then took out every single item in the pantry and sorted them into cans, sauces, bulk items, teas, etc. and got rid of expired items and things we don’t use anymore. This was also the perfect time to wipe down and clean the pantry.

Next, we went to Home Depot and got a piece of wood cut to the size the shelves in our pantry were originally. This cost us $11 for 2 shelves! I then got Gursheel to install these shelves in the pantry. He did this by using the remaining pieces of wood and nailing them to the sides of the pantry and placing the shelf on top. Just looking at the empty pantry with the new shelves got me super excited that I went right away to Michaels to get some baskets in the dimensions I measured so that they fit perfectly into the pantry! I would have preferred lighter colored baskets, but these were the only ones I found that were the perfect width and height for our pantry. And I got them buy 1 get 1 free! Score!

I wanted to get clear, glass jars that would fit a lot of the bulk items in the pantry and I was able to find the perfect ones for 1-4 bucks at the Dollar Store (for the smaller ones) and IKEA (the larger ones) and spent under $100 for all the jars! I just took off all the labels, washed the containers with soap and water and dried them off completely before putting bulk items in them.

Finally, I bought this amazing white Sharpie Paint pen from Amazon to label all the jars for this easy pantry organization. I originally had bought these clear labels from Avery where you can print off a label. I tried this but I found that they would be too permanent, in that if I wanted to change out the jar for something else, I would have to peel off the label. This can get annoying because that glue gunk that remains always is so hard to get off. Although, I recently heard of Goo Gone which can help take that off pretty easily. Anyways, the Sharpie pen is amazing because first, it’s white and I love white everything. And second, it is easy to wipe off with a wet cloth if you want to re-name the jar or mess up when labeling the jar.

pantry organization on a budget


pantry organization on a budget

I’m so happy with how everything turned out in this easy pantry organization! Everything isn’t perfect yet, but I wanted to post what I have done so far today and then post a follow up complete Pantry organization blog post where I give a short tour of what we have in there. I want to create labels for the baskets as well. Right now, two of them contain cans and sauces, 1 contains our tea collection and the last one contains miscellaneous items. But, I definitely want to organize these further before I create labels for them. I also need to get a couple more of the smaller jars to store some other commonly used items, but I’m really hoping that this pantry organization causes us to eat healthier, whole foods and try to make as much as we can from scratch.

I filled up all the jars with nuts, seeds, grains, pasta’s and any other dried goods. For pasta’s and grains, I already know how to cook them, however, you can cut out the cooking instructions and tape them behind the jar as well. I tend to purchase the same items over and over so I know exactly how to cook them. I also use up all the items in my pantry with a couple of months so I don’t need to worry about the expiration dates either. I like to keep cans and sauces in the bins and these I can easily check the expiry date. I never refill items in the jars until they are completely finished. Then I take the entire jar to the bulk food store and get it filled up. This really helps me cut down on my plastic waste as well.

pantry organization on a budget

pantry organization on a budget

pantry organization on a budget

pantry organization on a budget

pantry organization on a budget

pantry organization on a budget

pantry organization on a budget

I can’t stop staring at the pantry now and when I compare the before and after pictures, I feel like I accomplished something. It’s always been my dream to have a pantry that is functional and beautiful. I really want to see what your guy’s pantry’s look like and if you try some of the tips I mentioned in this easy pantry organization update today, please send me pictures! And make sure to take before and after pictures so you can see what you’ve accomplished! It really is quite satisfying.

Since I love organizing spaces and making them look beautiful, I’ve also organized our closet and under bathroom sink area that I think you all will love as much as I do!

I’ll keep you posted and happy organizing!

budget pantry organization
budget pantry organization
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DIY Natural Whipped Coconut Oil for Skin and Hair

03.19.17

I’m back again with a super easy DIY natural whipped coconut oil that you can use for your skin and hair. I’ve decided to do a series of spa/skin care/beauty related DIY natural products that you can easily make at home on a budget!

This week it’s just coconut oil that you can whip up and use to apply to your skin and hair. Everyone knows coconut oil is amazing for your skin and hair and I’m sure a lot of you use it on a weekly basis one way or another.

But, the most annoying thing to me is coconut oil in my home is usually located in the kitchen, because we often use it in baking and cooking (for good reason, because I LOVE coconut everything). But, because it’s usually located in the kitchen, it means it’s in that big tub that it comes in. So when you want to use it for your hair or skin, it means getting a spoon and taking out a bit of the coconut oil by digging your arm way into the container (which also involves getting oil on your arms and clothes), before finally putting it into a bowl to heat up a little bit. Because, usually the coconut oil is so hard, it needs to be softened enough to put onto your hair and skin. This whole process I go through every week when I want to put coconut oil onto my hair and it’s super annoying!! All for just getting a little bit of coconut oil into my skin.

But, not anymore! Because when you whip up coconut oil, you can keep it in a little container in your washroom and it’s the perfect consistency for using as a lotion for your skin and perfect for applying to your scalp!

And all you literally do is whip it up using a Kitchen Aid (or something similar) and put some drops of essential oils and place the contents into a glass jar! Easy peasy!

And all you do is soak up the benefits. I particularly love coconut oil for its benefits for hair, especially for promoting hair growth and preventing breakage. It also helps with fighting against dandruff and adds softness and shine to the hair. It is a winner for hair growth and I love the smell of it!!

But, coconut oil also has many benefits to the skin, including being an excellent moisturizer, but I’m sure most of you knew that. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, but as soon as you apply it to your skin, it melts right in, without leaving any clumps. You can apply it to your arms and legs as well as your face! The one interesting property I learned as I was researching coconut oil, is that it has antimicrobial properties. This is because coconut oil is composed of lauric acid (a fatty chain that makes up 85% of coconut oil) that acts as the antibacterial agent. And finally, coconut oil has an SPF of 4, which isn’t much at all, but applying coconut oil everyday can provide some sun protection. Coconut oil is an antioxidant that soaks up the free radicals that the UV rays of the sun trigger, preventing further DNA damage.

Coconut oil is a hair and skin winner!

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DIY whipped coconut oil perfect for hair and skin

DIY whipped coconut oil perfect for hair and skin

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INGREDIENTS

1 cup coconut oil (food grade)

3-5 tsp of essential oil of choice (I like citrus-y ones)

DIRECTIONS

Scoop out 1 cup of room temperature coconut oil (should be solid).

Add your essential oil of choice and whip up using the whip attachment of your Kitchen Aid (or whatever else you use to whip things at home).

Whip for at least one minute, until softened and fluffy.

Place in a clean, glass container to enjoy.

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DIY Bath Salts in Test Tubes

03.12.17

Today, I am back with another DIY project for DIY Bath Salts. And I am so happy with how it turned out and how easy it was!

So, on my birthday, I received a bunch of bath bombs from Lush and have been taking advantage of them by taking a bath once a week! I also have been adding Epsom Salts to the baths because I’ve heard a lot of people talk about them and my massage therapist recommended them to me as well. After a quick google search, I learned that Epsom salts are named after a spring in England and is not actually a salt, but a mineral: magnesium sulfate, which is really good at improving absorption of nutrients, flushing toxins, reducing inflammation and easing headaches. I’m not sure about the easing headaches property (because fortunately, I don’t get headaches too often), but they are AMAZING at flushing toxins and providing relief to muscles because they have seriously worked wonders for me.

That’s why in this post I will be writing about an easy DIY using Epsom salts that you can use when you take a bath: DIY Bath Salts!!

They just contains three ingredients: Epsom Salts, sea salt and baking soda. You can add essential oils for added benefit, but I just added lavender seeds for scent.

So, a little more about the benefits of Epsom salts. Magnesium and sulfate are both easily absorbed through the skin and play role in the body including regulating enzyme activity, reducing inflammation, muscle relaxation and flushing toxins. Because both are so easily absorbed through the body, they make an ideal mineral to add to a bath.

The second ingredient added to the DIY bath salt is baking soda, which also has some beneficial properties and is safe and inexpensive, perfect to add to a bath to soak in more more health benefits. Baking soda is good at detoxifying your body by neutralizing your body. It also helps relieving pain from yeast infections and discomforts in the genital area including soothing irritated and itchy skin. The other amazing thing about using baking soda in a bath is that it doesn’t leave any residue in the bath tub, making your skin feel clean and soft!

The last ingredient for the bath salt is sea salt which also has many health benefits. This is because it contains several minerals including potassium which helps to balance skin moisture; bromide which helps reduce muscle pain; and sodium which helps with circulation.

Each of these ingredients on their own has amazing benefits and you could potentially take a bath with each alone. However, we will go above and beyond and soak in all of their benefits by combining them in this recipe, which is super easy!

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INGREDIENTS

1 cup Epsom Salts

1/2 cup baking soda

1/4 cup sea salt

2 tbsp lavender seeds

2-4 drops of essential oil (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients in a bowl using a fork.

Using a funnel, pour the bath salt mixture into your container, I used test tubes which you can find on Amazon.

To use, draw a bath and pour the contents of the test tube into the bath.

Relax, enjoy, and soak up the benefits.

To gift: add some decorative Washi tape and tie a ribbon!