I finally started re-doing my pantry this weekend. First I unloaded my pantry on my kitchen counter and assessed what I thought I would need. I sorted by size - grains, flours/sugar, legumes, and powdery things.
I went to buy jars - I wanted wide mouthed, glass with metal lids. Who knew they would be so elusive? I had this fantasy that they would all match - that went by the wayside almost immediately! I went to three stores and still didn't find exactly what I needed. But I got a decent start:
I also got this funnel for under $2 - which has already proven to be very handy:
And, in the canning supply section I found labels that purport to dissolve in water for easy removal when you refill the jar with something else - so I bought a package of those.
I threw out several items that were past a recommended use date - and I threw some things out that I just don't use anymore. The things that I cook and the way that I eat continues to change, and so my pantry follows. Once again it feels really good to really clean out a few cabinets. I have some extra plastic food storage cannisters/containers now - oh how I love purging plastic - and I think I'll give them to my friend who is the bird trainer. She says she can use them at work. Perfect!
I will see now, for a few months, how this new jar system works for me. If I chose the right sized jars for ingredients, how much storage they require, which ones I get into the most often... and start considering how they will be stored in my tiny house.
I ordered square metal tins for spices today - they are next!