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Wannabee Chef Pantry Makeover

April 1, 2019

A behind the scenes look at my recent pantry makeover! Before and after pictures, plus all my takeaways from the experience.

As a professional chef, one of my home kitchen goals has been to have a picture worthy pantry. I had serious pantry envy whenever I saw pictures on Pinterest of beautiful pantries that were organized and labeled perfectly.  I knew that one day this had to happen to me!

After moving into my house five years ago, that dream finally came through with the help of Dianne Rinaldi, the owner of Savvy Spaces. Dianne offers organizing, design and style services in New Jersey and her IG pictures are worth drooling over.  Trust me, she is a genius at organization.  Dianne is also a personal friend and client of mine.

Wannabee Chef Pantry Makeover | Wannabee Chef
I have to admit I was kind of embarrassed when she came over for her initial consultation. I pride myself on being clean, but I’m not always very organized. To my relief, when she came over to measure my pantry and chat about my pantry needs, she was not judgmental and put me completely at ease.  We chatted about how I store things, what I store, which ingredients I use frequently and how I could save money by actually “seeing” what I have. Check these before pictures out so you can see what I mean!

Wannabee Chef Pantry Makeover | Wannabee Chef

Wannabee Chef Pantry Makeover | Wannabee Chef

Dianne then took the measurements and headed over to The Container Store to buy the vessels to store my pantry items. My favorite part was next – when she returned to purge all the unnecessary items in my pantry! We went through each shelf and discussed what items I didn’t use and why I didn’t need them. This part was so important to do together because she became my voice of reason and gave me lots of practical advice. I ended up tossing two garbage bags with her help!

Now that the hard part was done, Dianne came over again to organize everything in my pantry in the containers she had purchased. She wanted to make sure that the pantry worked for me on a daily basis.  It had always been such a puzzle for me to create a flow for my pantry that worked. But Dianne did it so amazingly well, and I don’t have to hunt for things anymore.

Wannabee Chef Pantry Makeover | Wannabee Chef

Now, I’m happy to say that I can finally show off my pantry.  I don’t need to cringe when I open it in front of other people because I know it looks great.

Wannabee Chef Pantry Makeover | Wannabee Chef

Wannabee Chef Pantry Makeover | Wannabee Chef

Wannabee Chef Pantry Makeover | Wannabee Chef

Wannabee Chef Pantry Makeover | Wannabee Chef

Wannabee Chef Pantry Makeover | Wannabee Chef

Wannabee Chef Pantry Makeover | Wannabee Chef

Wannabee Chef Pantry Makeover | Wannabee Chef

Here are some takeaways I learned from my experience with Dianne (my personal Marie Kondo):

  1. Don’t keep anything you’re not sure you’ll use in the future because you probably won’t.
  2. If you don’t have a place for something in your pantry, then don’t keep it. My souvenir hot sauce bottles had to go.
  3. Label everything so you don’t waste time and energy guessing what it is. For instance, I have 4 different flours, and each is separately labeled.
  4. Don’t buy too many things that you don’t need. Buy them when you actually NEED them. That meant my grocery shopping addiction had to stop!
  5. Put everything away in your pantry immediately after using it. Don’t procrastinate and keep things on the countertop for days.

Wannabee Chef Pantry Makeover | Wannabee Chef

Wannabee Chef Pantry Makeover | Wannabee Chef

My experience with Dianne Rinaldi of Savvy Spaces was so fulfilling.  It gave me more kitchen mojo and is also allowing me to save money because my pantry is much better organized.  Now I can share my own Pinterest pictures with you all! 😉

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