Just off my kitchen lies a small butler's pantry. There are narrow shelves in the closed-door cabinet above and below are four open shelves that I use to store a variety of things: extra garden seeds, hand towels and extra toilet paper for the powder room just across the hall, plastic plates and cups for eating outdoors, paper napkins, cookbooks, bug spray, super glue, cookie cutters……the diverse list is endless.
For that reason, of course, these shelves are awfully easy to clutter up. I use baskets and have tried to maintain some organization but over time the shelves had become a disorganized heap. It would be one thing if I didn't see that heap every day, but I did. Worse yet, so did most visitors to my home. The shelves were a natural first target for the summer clean-up season. The before picture, which I remembered to make after I had cleared off the first shelf, tells the horrifying story.