I started the great re-org of 2012 with a small project cleaning up the food side of my pantry. It's a big double closet and I use the side closest the kitchen for food and the other side for art supplies, extra pantry goods, vases, canning jars, etc. Here was the before:
It was in pretty good shape. I just regrouped like with like, cleaned everything off, and tossed a few really old things. I wiped the walls and shelves, pulling back the shelf liner and wiping both the underside and the shelf itself. If anyone knows how to get rid of petrified shelf liner, let me know. I hate the stuff, but the last owners had nasty blue liner on there from who knows when and I haven't been able to completely clean the shelves. Now it looks like this:
Like I said, not a big change. I had a pretty good system before and didn't need any new containers, although if you do, right now is a great time. Everyone has their back-to-college stuff out so there are cheap but sturdy plastic crates in all colors and sizes. Mine were from a few years ago and they do work better than old boxes for many things. They have a little ventilation and they're easier to wipe. Hopefully I'll get to the other side in a day or two, but for now I'll enjoy making dinner just a bit more!