A few posts ago, April from Deltakids had commented to me with
"You must be the most organized person I know!" While I was flattered,
I responded with "hardly!" and then proceeded to tell her about my walk-in pantry.
Now, being I have gone into many a house and office, and professionally
de-cluttered people, this is a big deal to me to admit I actually have a room
in my house that looks like this.
(Have I mentioned Clutter Busters yet? It was about 8 years ago, waaaaayyyyy
before all the HGTV shows, and my friend Kim and I had a BLAST!
but that's a whole other post . . . )
Yup! Hidden within the bowels of my laundry room . . .
(It's bigger than it looks)
Right on in through that door directly across from the sink . . .
there lurks my dirty little secret!
My walk-in pantry.
Well, I've made it my walk-in pantry because for some reason
I need more room than just the ones I have in my kitchen.
You see this mess right as you turn the corner. Except there used to be more!
I didn't take pictures at the very beginning, before I decided to post my messy pantry.
So I missed a step. What the picture doesn't show was I had the wine rack
pictured below right there against the blank wall on the right.
Yup! You had to turn sideways to walk in. It was a DISASTER!
And it was loaded with these and MORE!
We had boxes and carriers of wines we have purchased from all of over California.
Food and who knows what else was on the shelves on the left . . .
this was straight ahead . . . look I'm even showing you the floor!
and this was after you turned right and is back under the stairs. (I didn't even know it went back this far when we bought the house. I made the mistake of opening the door to see what was in there and all her JUNK and I mean JUNK fell out. Literally! I just closed it back up again and prayed it would be gone by the time escrow closed.)
While the pictures don't look nearly as awful as it was -
they do pretty much show it all.
Now why I needed all this stuff . . . who knows. It is all my china, my crystal,
my electrical appliances, decorative stuff, serving stuff, paper goods, food . . .
but I thought I needed it all.
Well! LOOK OUT GOODWILL!!!!! I tossed and I boxed and I cleaned
and I organized, for HOURS and hours . . .
and now . . . if I do say so myself - it looks pretty darn good.
Course me living here and having to face it every time I went in there
makes it just that much more enjoyable now that it is finally done.
And here it is. Can you tell I like the color apple green?
Found those containers at target! Isn't it pretty!!??!!!
Go ahead, go on around the corner . . .
Now I know what you are thinking.
"Why didn't she put those jars back in the box
that is all the way at the bottom of the stack of boxes of good crystal?!!"
Well, I was pretty much done by the time I got back to that corner.
But that is an easy fix that I left for the next time
I have to get my good crystal out.
And yes, I am one of "those" people who keep my china and crystal
packed away like this because I live in earthquake country. And when you've lost
beloved things in one earthquake, you learn to pack up
and preserve the rest before the next one hits.
But I must admit, if I had a hutch on the top of my dining room buffet
I might be tempted to put some out again.
I do have quite a few things on display in the built-ins in the dining room.
but . . . not my good crystal and fine china.
SO! That's my dirty little secret - all aired out and pretty again. Yay!
Thank you April! Without your little nudge . . . :)
Hope everyone has a great day!!