Tackle It Tuesday – Week 14

Tackle it Tuesday

Project to Tackle: The Pantry

I started out with energy and enthusiasm. I was refreshed after a nap and ready to tackle my pantry. Cheerfully I pulled each item out, searched for best before dates and piled accordingly. “This isn’t so bad,” I thought, “Why didn’t I do this project years ago?” (And I seriously mean years. I hadn’t cleaned it out since Jackson was born. I had canned goods that expired in 2002 in there!)

But after getting it all emptied out, I had to leave the task and tend to dinner and bedtime routines. By the time I made my way back to my kitchen — which was now covered in my dated pantry goods — I was a much wearier, worn out worker. The project was no longer as much fun.

So, now at 11 pm I have to concede that this tackle will have to be completed Tuesday morning.

I am a night person – usually increasing in energy and resolve after 8 pm, but not the last few nights. I have had to give in and go to bed by 11 pm before I fit in all my usual blogging time. (By the way, please forgive me if I haven’t been to your blog – these last few days I am so behind on my blog visiting. Please have mercy on me – my hubby has been away for over a week and I am really missing the extra help!)

So here it is, half done – but I promise it will be tackled Tuesday!

Here is my crazy pantry before. (Note: there is a serious danger in a having a huge pantry with deep shelves. Food gets lost in there and never gets used! I will have to be much better in the future of keeping the food actively used.)

The Pantry — Before

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And here is some of the food that came out. My counters are covered as well. Most of this food on the floor is old and needs to be thrown out. It is sad to see how much money we wasted due to disorganization.

The Pantry — In Progress — Part of the Contents

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And coming soon… my transformed pantry!

Good night – see you soon.


Okay… I’m back!

After a good sleep, I was able to regroup and finish my tackle.

Here it is:

The Pantry — After

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So what did you tackle this week?

Come on – you know you want to show off! And if you haven’t tackled yet – no worries – show us your before picture and then get tackling! We will cheer you on!

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Join Us For Tackle It Tuesday

We’re making housework blog-able!

Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

I will link to any of you who are also playing along, so add a comment and/or email me. Find out more about Tackle It Tuesday here.

The project can be little or big – whatever you want. Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done.

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.


  1. says

    I feel bad with my little tackles – really…This is a huge project you are tackling, girl. I don’t like my pantry either. I keep loosing stuff in there too. But I do clean it out now at least every 6 months. Because mine looked liked yours and I had stuff in there that had expiered several years before.
    You can do this :) – after a good night’s sleep the world looks brighter. I will check when I get home from work – okay?
    Regarding blog-visits? Hm – I just caught up on mine this afternoon…Don’t feel bad! We do still have a life besides blogging :razz:…

  2. says

    I tackled a boat load of paperwork yesterday, scheduled all of the boys’ tuition payments, worked on some medical issues. Kind of hard to show before and after pictures of all that. The REAL after picture would be a pile of papers that need to be filed, ha ha!

    I know what it’s like when the “other half” is away. Hang in there! I’m glad you’ve had a little time to post. 😉

  3. says

    Oh, man, is that ever Herculean task you’ve taken on! Good for you! Me…I just haven’t felt much like tackling anything lately. I did do one closet shelf. But the puppy chewed up the wire that connects my digital camera to the computer, and I haven’t had time to go to the store to see if I can get a replacement. Now…there’s a tackle-it-tuesday job I should do! (Not to mention calling the piano tuner, the dentist, etc., etc.)

  4. says

    Holy cow- can’t wait to see the finished project!!!!!!!!!!! I wish I had a pantry that big! I did tackle our pots/pans/tupperware cabinet last night but basically I just bagged up all the storage containers we don’t use and all the un-matching lids, etc. No pictures, but it is nice and EMPTY now!

  5. says

    Deep cupboards will do it to ya every time! I have a linen closet like that! Things just get shoved back and disappear! Hope it’s not so hard putting things back now that they are sorted!

  6. says

    BRAVO!!! That is soooo GREAT!!! I have the EXACT same Pantry and cabinets as you!!

    Sorting out your pantry is a very enlightening project. Once you start storing like with likein your pantry, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it will be to shop – cuz you’ll always know what you have, and how much money you’ll save. Keep the faith and dig in…after the sorting, the putting it away is the best part!

    For those deep shelves, I recommend using white baskets by sterilite to help you always be able to see what’s in the back. The baskets slide in and out like drawers. Use them for things that are in bags like snacks, or pasta and rice, flour, sugar. You can use them for cans too. You can see the baskets in all my Neat Living makeover pix – They are so inexpensive and versatile!

    Group things together like pasta, rice, beans, soups etc. and assign spots for them. Then LABEL the front of the shelves so that anyone who puts groceries away can help you keep it organized!

    Best of Luck!!!

  7. says

    I feel your pain on the pantry. I tackled mine several weeks ago and it took all day! I actually think that was my first Tackle It Tuesday. Anyway, thank you again for inspiring me. My new tackle (there are two!) is posted. Have a great day! Erin

  8. says

    It looks like we both tackled our pantry. Although, I didn’t have to clean mine out today. I love your pantry, it’s so nice and big. I can’t wait to see the finished picture. Great job.

  9. says

    I was contemplating tackling my pantry but…nah…it was too scary for today! I’m looking forward to seeing your “after” photos!!

  10. says

    Most canned food is really still good well beyond the stamped date. So you wouldn’t have to throw that all out. Just a thought.

    Hope you got it all finished this morning after a good nights sleep!

  11. says

    I will be getting back to the housecleaning tackles soon but for today it is all about the errands! LOL I LOVE your pantry!!! I want a pantry… *sigh* 😉

  12. says

    Wow … huge project, but think of how great it is going to feel when it’s done! :) Not to mention how great it will LOOK too!

    This is my first Tackle It Tuesday and mine is up. I am tackling the boys closet (and it’s never been tackled before). Arrrggghhh!

  13. says

    My first Tackle It Tuesday as well. I did something that I’ve been *meaning* to do for a year, though it wasn’t specifically housework. I have a feeling I’ll be here every Tuesday, given the state of my house!

  14. says

    OH WOW…thats a HUGE HUGE HUGE TACKLE IT…No wonder you were tired!!!

    That’s amazing and I cant wait to see it when your finished! I did just a “little” tackle it this week, and dont have my pictures up yet…gotta down load them from the camera, but I will do that later as well as make the rounds to the other “tackle-ers”

  15. says

    Great job! I sure miss my pantry from my old house! Our house now has very limited cabinet space, but I guess the plus side is that, since I can’t stock up, stuff doesn’t get too lost or forgotten — though it still does happen occasionally.

    I’m sitting out this week due to tackling of a different nature. I write a monthly newsletter/booklet for our ladies’ group at church, which is due out this weekend, plus our annual missionary Christmas gift-giving project begins in September, and I’m compiling the “wish lists” for that. But I am looking forward to next week! And I’m off to check out some of the other posts.

  16. says

    Wow! I should do that with my pantry. Nah. Never mind. Mumbling dumbly outloud again! :)

    I did tackle something this week though. I organized school supplies AND new clothing for 3 children in 2 days!! That is amazing! that is what you get for procrastinating! :)

  17. says

    Wow your pantry looks lovely. Ive been meaning to play along with this for the longest time and never have. So today I decided to join you all. I tackled my duaghters bedroom.

  18. says

    I like the completed project. Very nicely done! My Tackle It is up but is missing the final picture again. :0( I hope this doesn’t happen again next week. LOL!

  19. says

    Whoot – Hipp-Hipp-Horray!!!! I knew you can do it. See what a good night’s sleep can do – I need one of those. Although I sleep well, I don’t sleep enough – I think…

  20. says

    WOW! Looks great! Where did all the food from the first picture go??? LOL! Yesterday I tackled my morning sickness…..think i’ll do the same today, and tomorrow and the day after too. LOL!

  21. says

    Wow. what a task. I’m guilty of the same thing, though. you should see my freezer. gross. however i’d be embarrassed as can be to take the “before” pic. seriously.

  22. says

    Your pantry looks great. I can see this must of been a lot of work though. I have a deep one also and If I don’t do this once in a while I definately forget some things I have bought that are in the back.

  23. says

    Your pantry looks great. This week I’ve been tackling my homeschool room. Hopefully it’ll be done by next Tuesday. While cleaning it out I get sidetrsacked and have started other projects. :)

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