The pantry is a tall cabinet, with those used-to-be-organized IKEA bins used for recycling.
I found lots of organizing ideas on Pinterest, like this one:
But based on past experiences, I know with absolute certainty that the can I wanted would always be the hardest to get, so I'd be pulling all the cans out every time I needed one. And I really want to get to this point:
But that's going to have to wait until that uncertain point in the future when I have free time. For now, I started as all good DIYers do: a can of paint! I'd painted part of the pantry/storage areas months ago but never finished - now they all match the kitchen wall. Then I very simply just threw things away. Amazing what I found...three jugs of maple syrup, two of which expired a year ago and none of which I have actually used.
I was on a roll now. As the grand finale, I turned this mess of various cold and allergy medications (few of which actually work, by the way)into this nice, know-where-things-are cabinet.
I don't know what caused this spring cleaning frenzy but I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts. And at some point in the near future, I'm going to get rid of those weird circles on the floor of the recycling area. They're remnants from more than 60 years of sticky cabinet coverings, I think...but they'll look nice and new when they're bright, shiny white. And the ugly circles make this a candidate for Hating Martha's "Stinky Linky Party."