Pantry Makeover -Using Baskets & Trays to Keep Organized

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I struggle with organizing and am always trying to improve that part of life, so today I’m excited to share some images of my current pantry and proud that it looks the same a month after these photos! I’ve done a couple pantry makeovers on my blog because we’ve moved quite a bit, but this is the largest pantry we’ve ever had and I admit…it’s pretty fantastic. The only thing is, it’s super easy to just throw clutter in and shut the door! Ha

That’s probably the reason it’s looked like this for the last year! See before/after photos below.

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BeforeAfter Right Side of Pantry Hip2Save

beforeafter left side of pantry fancy frugal lifeI started by collecting more baskets from thrift stores. Below is an photo I shared via Instagram of some from my local Goodwill. That’s my number one place I go to for baskets and they are priced at a couple dollars.
goodwill baskets
I also started collecting clearance trays and baskets from discount stores like Ross. It’s helped me to keep like items together and separated.  The file organizer turned out perfect for canned goods, see photo below.
Fancy Frugal Life Tips for Organized PantryLazy Susan Pantry Storage Hip2SaveI am a fan of lazy susan organizers, so I have a couple of those. (Look at the green one from Goodwill!) Love.
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Baskets for Snack & Pantry Storage Fancy Frugal LIfeIt was important to me to have the paper plates, cups, napkins, cutlery, and plastic bags organized and ready for my kids to help make lunches and meals. I also have all their snacks together in one basket.

thrift store baskets for pantry storage fancy frugal lifeInstead of just dropping the paper towels and toilet paper from Costco, I bought some stylish metal bins from Ross to throw them in.

Toilet Paper & Paper Towel Storage fancy frugal life
Fancy Frugal Life Pantry


My Pantry MakeoverAnd yes I have a lot of appliances! Remember, I am a food blogger as I remind my husband quite often 🙂

Pantry at Fancy Frugal LifeThanks for stopping in to see my pantry makeover today! Hopefully we can keep it together for awhile. 🙂 Are you great at organizing your pantry? Share your tips with us!

New Dining Room Table & Pendant Lighting

new dining room table

We’ve been slowly working on some additional lighting in our home and also recently replaced our ten your old dark brown dining room table with a new one from a beautiful new store that just opened by me called DownEast Home. It’s kind of like a HomeGoods but with larger pieces of furniture! I was in there three times last week! ha ha

Anyway, we found this very nice designer table on clearance because it was missing a leaf and had a few minor scratches. I’ve always wanted a farmhouse style table and it looks fantastic in our space. The planked wood look is beautiful and exactly what I was looking for.
Planked Dining TableI moved these chairs from the kitchen in here, and will use the old dining room chairs in the kitchen with some cute chair covers I ordered that are on the way. I still LOVE these pretty Spanish style chairs I found at a local antique store and painted last summer. They were a steal and so unique! I get compliments on them all the time.

Spanish style chairs paintedThe end chairs are our old dining chairs. I’m using these cute ruffle chair covers found at Looking at them I should probably bust out the iron! Oops. 🙂

Dining Room Fancy Frugal LifeI looked all over the internet and local stores for affordable and stylish lighting! That is hard to do because lighting can be hundreds of dollars! I fell in love with these Pottery Barn inspired outdoor lanterns from amazon. The price fluctuates between $109-$120/ each for these, and they look awesome!
lantern lightAshley Antique Copper 4-light Foyer Hanging Lanternvia Amazon
What do you think? Before we just had recessed lighting, but I love how the two hanging fixtures completely transforms the space and adds some style and interest. 🙂

Outdoor Lanterns for Frugal Dining Room Lighting Fancy Frugal LifeWe will be painting the walls in here this summer as well as our hutch, so as always it’s a work in progress. 🙂 Thanks for stopping in!Dining Room by Fancy Frugal Life