This is what it looks like now:
Yep, the mess (plus 3 years worth of random purchases) has taken over. It’s not nearly as bad as it originally was, but it could definitely use some spring cleaning/organizing. I decided to work shelf by shelf, so I started by clearing each shelf and then wiped it down. Then I just sorted everything into keep, donate, and trash piles. It’s amazing how much stuff you accumulate over the years! As I put the “keep” things back I tried to organize them on designated shelves and containers.
I ended up with a big donate pile and filled quite a bit of our trash can too. I found a lot of food that expired in 2013…I’m so glad that the pantry is finally clean, but man, that was a lot of work. It took me about 3 hours to clean/organize everything! I was exhausted by the time I was done. It was worth it though – look how good the pantry looks now!