Samantha’s Super Satisfying Fridge + Pantry Makeover

We live in a small house, less than 800 square feet. The lack of space doesn’t bother me, but clutter does. Because both my husband and my son have been home with me full-time during quarantine, the clutter has multiplied and intensified. I quickly realized which areas of our home were not equipped to have three people utilizing them all day, every day. So I decided to tackle them. First up was the toy storage. That was a feat all in itself. But the next project I tackled, and the one I’m most excited about, was our fridge and pantry.

It hurts my brain just looking at this!

I’m embarrassed I even let it get that bad, to be honest. But it’s hard to keep things clean and organized without proper systems. So I turned to my favorite candy store aka The Container Store. Can I just say, thank goodness for curbside pickup? Decluttering and organizing things truly helps ease my anxiety, and I’ll take all that I can get during these crazy times. So, are you ready for a very satisfying reveal? I love a good before and after!

So organized! So coordinated! Can you tell this makes me really happy?


I love these fridge bins and drawers. We go through a ton of produce each week, and it tends to always just get shoved in the produce drawer and get kind of jumbled. I used a chalk marker to write on the front of the bins and drawers for easy accessibility. I especially love the berry bins because we power through berries each week (my kid is a berry freak) and these make it so easy to have them washed and ready to go. We didn’t get rid of anything that was in the fridge, we just utilized narrow and shallow bins to make the most of the space and then reorganized from there. Here’s a list of everything we used:


OK, ready to see the before picture of the pantry? It might be even worse than the fridge.

I know, I know, I know, it’s a nightmare. There was no rhyme or reason to the pantry prior to the makeover, other than my son had a basket of snacks he could easily reach. I had kind of started on this project before by putting all my bulk spices and grains in jars, but that was as far as I got. Now for the reveal…

It actually makes my heart sing. I mixed and matched narrow bins with wide bins to corral all of our cooking and baking goods, as well as still keeping snacks easily accessible for my son.

Again, I used a chalk marker to label the outside of the bins, which I also like because it can be easily removed in case I need to change things up again.

The uniformity of the pantry not only is incredibly aesthetically appealing to my brain, but it has made cooking so much easier! No more hunting blindly for a can of tomatoes that got shoved to the back. And there was so much crap in the pantry that we didn’t even use, but I couldn’t see it! I also love these cereal canisters from The Container Store. My husband is a big cereal guy and we usually have at least three different kinds of cereal floating around. Having them in uniform containers just makes me feel like there is less clutter and confusion in our already-tiny kitchen.

Here are the products I used for the pantry:


So, there you have it! It might seem like subtle changes, but it makes all the difference when you’re dealing with organizing small spaces!

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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram