I am so happy I am done organizing the Butler’s Pantry. I now have organized dishes, bowls, trays, glasses, and linens.
Don’t laugh. But I have twenty-three sets of dinner plates. It’s true! For years I have been collecting items for entertaining.
Some of you may think I have too much stuff. But I really do use everything!
Fortunately, I have a great Butler’s Pantry (without a butler) that holds a lot of dishes, glasses, linens, trays, and more!
Today I am sharing my experience organizing the butler’s pantry. And I am going to complete negate the belief that Home Decor Bloggers have perfectly organized houses.
It’s a “myth”. Which you will see below as I share some really bad BEFORE photos.
I wanted to make sure you saw yesterday’s kitchen organizing posts.
If you want to see the “unorganized side” of My 100 Year Old Home, then read on.
Organizing the Butler’s Pantry
I am very happy to share with you first the AFTER photos of my reorganization of the Butler’s Pantry.
Our butler’s pantry is located right between our dining room and kitchen. It’s pretty small but it has ton of storage space and a really cool vintage sink.
I spent an entire day reorganizing our butler’s pantry this past weekend.
Steps to Organizing the Butler’s Pantry
- The first thing I did was empty everything off the counter and from the upper shelves.
- Next, I determined where everything was going to be put back. I decided to arrange everything by color. Duh.
- I also decided that the counter would be for preparation and planning only. This means nothing will be stored there, except some of the wine carafes. Because we use those a lot.
In the photo below you can see I have made some progress. I love that I can pull items from here when I am getting ready to set a table.
And the fact they are all organized by color is amazing!
Look how great the plates are organized. The top row is green, then grey, and the bottom row is pink.
I know that we own way too many wine glasses. The entire bottom row of glasses are for our Christmas party and should be in the basement. I will move them down there soon.
I think these sliding tray shelves are so cool. And yes, I know I have a lot of trays!
Before I continue, I am going to share my BEFORE photos.
The Before Photos – Yikes!
I mentioned that I had been pretty bad about keeping our Butler’s Pantry organized. These pictures should reinforce that I wasn’t kidding.
The result is four really embarrassing photos. (Notice how I made them smaller so they wouldn’t look so bad. Haha.)
Over the holidays we were very busy and had so much fun with our kids and daughter-in-law. I cooked almost every night and it was so much fun.
Unfortunately, I did a terrible job putting items away in the Butler’s Pantry. Plus, my kids usually did the dishes every night (thank heavens!) and they had no idea where to put things away.
I am glad you can see real life at My 100 Year Old home.
So Where Did Everything Go?
I donated a ton of stuff. Anything I hadn’t used in two years was sent away.
All of the items that are used only once a year (such as seasonal items) were sent down to the basement.
The drawers were already fairly well organized.
Obviously, this is my green napkin drawer. I also have a white napkin drawer, a neutral napkin drawer, and an “everything else” napkin drawer.
The Elkay Water Dispenser
I did want to share my most favorite item in our entire Butler’s Pantry. I use this item many times a day and it has literally changed our lives.
We installed it next to the sink in our Butler’s Pantry as the power and water was closeby.
In the months that we have had it, we have saved 3,831 plastic water bottles. Not only does this water dispenser pay for itself in saved water bottles, but it also helps the environment and will likely cause you to drink more water.
We absolutely love it.
My Coffee Station
Since I don’t really have access to fresh flowers these days, I moved my coffee station back to the butler’s pantry.
I love my Keurig and my fabulous milk frother. If you saw my post on Sunday, then you know I have a special Superfood Coffee Creamer that I love. It’s the white stuff in the mason jar.
I am sure you are wondering about the extension chord. I have an electrician coming out and will get that taken care of shortly. Just another real life photo.
Links to other posts about our Butler’s Pantry
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Updating the Lighting
Another thing I did in the Butler’s Pantry was update the lighting.
In simple terms, the first task was to change out the halogen bulbs in the top of each cabinet. In case you are wondering, they were all burnt out. They are a complete hassle to change so that is why they hadn’t been replaced.
This is a photo of our pantry without the accent lighting.
I also added some wireless mini-stick touch lights under the glass cabinets. Don’t the cabinets look so much better with the accent lighting?
I am so happy with my newly organized Butler’s Pantry. Now that everything has a home, I am determined to keep this organized.
As I mentioned, I have 23 different sets of dinner plates. It’s crazy but every shelf has three to five different sets. It may sound like a lot, but many of these I bought at flea markets for about $1 each.
Fortunately I like to use them all.
Don’t forget to head on over to KariAnnne’s blog post Storage Tips for the Butler’s Pantry.
Look at her gorgeous photo!
Links to the Items Shown in This Post
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