Raise your hand if you watched the Netflix series Get Organized with the Home Edit and came out the other side determined to color code and organize your whole house and life.
In fact, I loved the series so much and felt so motivated by it that I ordered and devoured both of their books. (I really recommend them! Find them here and here.)
I know the show isn’t perfect, and some people have complained about Joanna and Clea’s personalities, techniques, that they don’t teach anything new…but who cares as long as the show is (1) entertaining and (2) motivating??
So, today, I thought I’d start a new series in which I put my money where my mouth is (or rather, at The Container Store) and show you my progress as I actually organize various spaces in my home.
Starting with my pantry and refrigerator.
You might recall that our pantry was actually the very first space in our house that we updated (see the full reveal here!).
I also promised that I’d eventually show you how we actually use it but…it ended up a mess, we were traveling, Covid happened so it got stuffed as we stocked up, and eventually it was just too messy to show.
So it was extremely refreshing to pull everything out, sort it into categories, and place it back in clear containers.
I also still need to label things but I’m debating the best way to do that—I think I could just use a dry erase marker right on the clear bins, right?
How I Organized Our Refrigerator
I followed the same process for the pantry, fridge, and freezer. It’s not at all groundbreaking, but it is the process recommended by The Home Edit.
I pulled everything out, put it on the counter in the kitchen, and started sorting into categories. Once I had categories, I filled clear plastic bins and started getting everything back in a spot that made sense.
It’s so nice to have all the condiments together on the door and all the salad dressings together, etc. I didn’t realize before but we’d somehow basically sorted based on bottle size (?) and it made it really hard to find anything!
The Actual Cost and Products I Used To Organize Our Pantry & Fridge
I’m all about honesty, so here’s a cost breakdown of this organization project. Keep in mind that I didn’t really buy all of this at once—I’d bought some things last year, had some things around, etc.
But here’s the breakdown:
- 8 Clear Bins for the Pantry: $10 each (some were backordered but coming soon!)
- 3 White Bins on Lower Pantry Shelves: $6 each (the large size)
- 2 Turntables in Pantry: $8 each
- Glass Canisters with Wood Lids: I already had these and they’re super old, but similar here.
- 1 stackable basket: $12 (I have 2 more of these in our kitchen and they’re the perfect size for snacks/candy and tea, respectively.)
- 4 Clear Fridge Bins: $9 each
- Clear Egg Containers: $10 each (I bought 2 but only have one in here right now)
- 2 Small Wine Racks: $9 each (on backorder but coming soon! currently all of the wine is in the basement fridge)
Want more organizing bins, baskets, and ideas? Click here for my list of the best Container Store Swaps + Budget Friendly Dupes!
Our Cleaned Up Pantry and Fridge
What do you think?? I’m so proud of what I was able to accomplish in here!
Let me know in the comments if you watched the Netflix show or if you like The Home Edit books, too!
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