Cleaning The Pantry Out – ORC Week 3
The plans have been made and now it’s time for cleaning the pantry out. Many steps for such a tiny room!
Cleaning the pantry out! Yep- it is week 3, cue the ominous music! This post will be rather quick. Progress has been made but it is slooow. If this is your first time here – welcome!
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Week 1 // Week 2 // You are here // Week 4 // Week 5 // Reveal
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Before I share this week’s progress, let us take a look at the inspiration board I put together for this little project.
The “boob” light-
As you will see from the picture… it is still there. BUT it has MOVED! Now it is just a place holder for my gorgeous new light… that I have to make. 😉
I finally figured out how to make the light… hopefully what is in my head will translate to reality. Let’s say it will include: 1×1’s, a particleboard craft wreath, an automotive filter, a couple of cans of spray paint, and a basic light fixture (I bet you can see it in your mind’s eye).
So, what else is going on besides cleaning the pantry out?
Under the Stairs Cave-
Is no longer dark! Take a look. My smart electrician put a sensor in so that the light only comes on IF I am in that area. Love it! Bonus- I have an outlet to boot. You can see the difference immediately and you can also see that I HAD to put a few things away for sanity’s sake.
Before the final reveal, I promise I will have everything in a more organized fashion – scouts honor.
Take a look at the BEFORE – the light source is coming from a tall work lamp, not from the boob light.
Clean Grout –
seriously if you need your grout clean – you gotta try this. Resolve Carpet cleaner and a scrub brush. I confess, I went through the Resolve and resorted to Simple Green (follow the instructions) and it worked just as well.
After using my scrub brush I let the cleaner sit a minute or two. Then with a damp paper towel, I wiped it down. I love a clean home but am not in love with the cleaning process per se. This, this was kinda fun. Really, it was.
I CAN NOT believe I am showing you the dirty grout. Yikes- but the reality is, the pantry should have a revolving door and EVERYONE walks in with their shoes. Since it isn’t a room we are in for more than 10 minutes at a time – I don’t think about the grout. Well, until now. Can you say grout sealer?!?
Cleaning the Pantry Out –
The entire pantry contents reside on my dining room table. A lovely way to welcome guests… “Hello, welcome to our home, would you like a snack? Here, come peruse the offerings.” IF you look closely, you will see my fall tablescape mixed in among the oatmeal and pasta.
As I was cleaning out the pantry (again) I had an epiphany. Half the items- I do not use anymore. We have always tried to eat a healthier diet as a rule but within the last 6 months we have amped it up. This change has left me within date and unopened product we no longer use. Instead of trying to find a place for everything, I am going to load up the useful items and bring them to our local shelter.
Week 4 will be a crazy busy week! Here is what I have on my list…
- Build storage for under the permanent shelves
- Locate the perfect rug
- Build the perfect light
- Install ceiling treatment
- Create and Hang artwork
- Drop off items to the local shelter
- Organize and load the pantry items into their new homes (baskets, jars, etc
Until Later Friends,
What a difference lighting makes in this space! Can’t wait to see what you come up with for your light!!!!
Great project! I need to work on my under the stairs pantry too.