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As of next week, we have a year left on our lease. After ten months in our house, I feel like we’re pretty settled in — I mean, all of our stuff is here and we manage to use every room in the house a least once a day — but sometimes I go to other people’s houses and think Wow! They have a grownup house.”

Yea, yea, yea. I shouldn’t compare myself to other people. But I do — especially about home “decor.” So many of my friends seem to have this grownup decoration stuff on lock, but our house tends to veer between “Grandmother Chic” and “Rabid Big 10 Sports Fan Explosion.” So I’ve decided to fix things up a little bit.

First, I tackled the entryway. We’ve had this nightstand (with drawers!) here since we moved in, but the tabletop had been taken over by papers, mail and more papers. I’m sure the drawers are still a major disaster, but the outside looks cute, right?

So grownup and efficient-looking, right?

So grownup and efficient-looking, right?

Then, I cleared off the round table in the back corner of our living room. We have a great kitchen table, but we still end up eating in the living room most days. Sosorrysoyoungurbanprofessionals. If we’re going to eat in front of the TV, we may as well eat at an actual table, so here’s our new eating nook:

That jade tree was my grandfather's.

That jade tree was my grandfather’s.

These two improvement efforts are all well and good, but there’s something else that I need to do.

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet my pantry:

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It’s a disaster, right? It needs a complete overhaul. You were all so great when I asked you to help me with my freezer and now I need your help again.

What should I do with my pantry? What do you keep in your pantry? Is my tiny white hutch too small to ever work as a pantry?