First though, I have to share my mini plants.
Look mom, it's not English Ivy! I picked up this sweet little vintage dish this weekend while thrift store hopping with some friends. I knew immediately I wanted to use it as a small planter, I just didn't know what I would plant. Then I discovered these guys over by the cactus section; I'm loving this little grouping! Fingers crossed they're happy in their new teacup sized planter...
Now on to the pantry... When we moved into this house a little over a year ago, we were met with some interesting challenges. One of the biggest challenges that we still face is the issue of storage. We moved from a relatively roomy apartment with walk-in closets and spacious cabinets to an older home with closets the size of an airplane lavatory and minimal cabinet space. We have cabinet space for our cookware and dishes, but that doesn't leave a lot of room for our food. So we improvised and made a makeshift pantry out of the small coat closet in between the living room and kitchen.
And then we adopted Kenny.
Kenny very quickly learned where the food lived, and it was just within his reach. The day I came upstairs from the basement to discover that he had unearthed a box of powdered Jello mix from the pantry (and enjoyed his discovery all over the house) was the final straw. We tackled the pantry build-out on Sunday, and I couldn't be more excited with the finished product!
Being able to access and see everything has made a huge difference and it almost makes me look forward to going grocery shopping just so I can come home and enjoy putting away the groceries!
And rest assured Jello mix will never find it's way into that pantry again - doors or no doors.