After weeks of sitting in boxes and blocking access to the pantry, I finally got Hubby to finish cutting the shelves to expand the metal shelving units to accommodate more jars. I wish I’d thought to take before pictures of the 20+ boxes of canned goods that sat on the floor, but hindsight is always 20/20.
The pantry is now organized exactly the way I want it — today. Tomorrow might be a different story, but for now, everything has a place and there is a place for everything.
With all the jars organized and put on their respective shelves, it makes using them all that much easier. Today I used home-canned jalapenos, green chili peppers, and cut tomatoes to make some salsa. I found them quickly and easily. Four empty jars to add to the ever accumulating surplus of jars out in the garage. That’s my next project — organize all the jars and make them accessible.
I am still going to need at least one more shelving unit for sweet potatoes, more pickles, more peppers, more tomatoes, pumpkin, and whatever else fall brings. When I find that unit, hopefully in someone’s trash, I’ll no doubt have to reorganize again, but for now, the pantry is up-to-date.
Being organized is a great thing. It leaves me feeling accomplished and for this I am — Simply Grateful.