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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Label Love via The Social Home

When we started this mudroom-pantry-laundry room update
on that same limited budget, I was drooling over all of the 
awesome pantry inspiration found on Pinterest.

One thing I really wanted to do was pretty up my containers.
OK, I had zero, zilch, nada on the container front.  

My shelves were lined with ziploc bags full of ingredients.
I knew while I love the OXO containers, would nevah, evah, 
be able to shell out upwards of ten dollars for one container.  
Not even upwards of five.  Nope.

I seriously have no doubt as to the awesomeness of how they store food, 
but the container would cost more than its contents.  

I was also getting super tired of things being past their expiration date, 
like way past not safely past, or getting lost in the mess, 
especially baking ingredients.  I don't like how I feel when I waste food,
knowing some of the tough spots we and so many others have been in.   

Our pantry is usually not overflowing because I cannot...
1. afford to keep it stocked to the rim
2. I try to buy more fresh food having boys with medical histories 
{cancer survivor, coronary heart anomaly}

I would love to extreme coupon, and I know we aren't in a position to be picky, 
but I like when my pantry is stocked with the healthy staples we need, 
the things my guys like, including some treats.  

Seriously I just feel good when there is enough on the shelves for us. 

So what could I do on a very limited budget to pretty up my pantry?
Well take a look at one of the inspiration photos from my new friend

  This is her Pantry Pretty: Dollar Store Pantry Makeover!  

Gorgeous right?  

And yes, her containers came from the dollar store, seriously!
So I headed to our Dollar Tree {Jen is in Canada, they  admittedly have some better options,
but do not despair} between there and IKEA I did find some containers that would work well
and more importantly, I bought ten containers for TEN bucks and change not fifty!!  

I also wanted to organize and label them nicely like in Jen's makeover,
especially as our pantry is large and open in our mudroom.  

Well I was in luck because Jen also has an ETSY shop
The Paper Society full of label awesome-ness!!

I adore the Custom Kraft Pantry Labels in both designs.
Here, I used the flourish to define a little breakfast area in our kitchen....

{looks like it's time to get to Trader Joe's for some more cereal
for the big guy, I wish my boys would eat it...nope pancakes, eggs,
they want the good stuff!}

and the chevron looks great on the dollar store containers in the pantry....

I have to admit too that getting so many of our staples into 
containers makes it much easier for me to see what we need.
While when I bring the groceries home there is a little more work,
it is so worth it to be able to plan better, visualize what we have,
what we need, and just feel like I now have a pantry plan,
which really is necessary for us.

It's so purty now {smile}.

I will be sharing more soon, we are about 90% done to our midway plan. 
Someday we will have the budget and time to finish up the master plan.
For now, I am thrilled with my containers and labels and no more wire shelves
thanks to the hubs and I putting our heads together to come up with 
an inexpensive solution. Doesn't take much for me!

In case you missed it, here is the 
Kids Chem Lab {How-To}
my real favorite part of the mudroom!  

You just have to stop by Jen's lovely blog, 
take a look at some more of her amazing ideas...

A Nine Dollar spice clever and neat...

Dollar Store Spice Cupboard

Free printable mini-labels...just to get you started...

Free Printable Mini Labels

I promise you'll love her carrara marble backsplash too...
she has fantastic taste and finds the bargain to match in this one!

Carrara Marble Backsplash and Kitchen Tour

Until soon!


  1. What an awesome update. Love the labels and the jars. What a fun new blog to find. I'm going to go check her out.

  2. Awww, thank you so much for the love! Your pantry looks GREAT and I'm so glad you got the jars for a steal! :)

  3. LOVE the new look and the awesome labels, I am in the middle of a cupboard re-organize myself so this post came at the perfect time, thanks!


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