Here it is with the doors open (we had already moved the door mat at this point or the doors wouldn't have opened all the way):
We keep our food items on one side of the pantry...
And cleaning supplies on the other:
As you can see, neither side was especially neat or organized. The first step was to take everything out of both sides and clean the shelves and the floor. While I was working on that, Mr. B took off the wooden pantry doors (let me know if you have creative ideas to reuse those doors!). I used plastic storage bins from Ikea to hold like items, canned goods in one, baking supplies in another, etc. For all of my baking goodies, I made an essentials box with things like baking soda and salt (things I use in most baking projects) and a couple of other specialized boxes for things like espresso powder and peppermint extract. I figure this way when I bake, I can just pull out the essentials box each time. I used plastic food storage containers (again from Ikea) to house ingredients like flour and powdered sugar.
Here is the organized food side:
For the cleaning supplies, I used green plastic boxes that I found at Wal-Mart. I again grouped like items, one box for general cleaning, one box for puppy supplies, etc. And here is the organized cleaning supplies side:
We still have some work to do in the pantry, mainly painting where we took down the doors and hanging some sort of covering, but it is already a million times better than it was, and honestly, this part of the process did not take all that long and has made such a huge difference in day-to-day kitchen life! Stay tuned for more updates!