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The Great Baking Closet Clean Out Blog Party!

Boy, do I have a fun post for you guys today! But wait, not just a post, a party! A party that involves, sprinkles, baking supplies, sweet bloggers, prizes, and cleaning – yes cleaning! Betsy over at JavaCupcake, and I have rounded up a few sweet bakers to share with you guys a behind the scenes look at how we keep our baking supplies neat and tidy! Well sort of, before we showed you guys our goodies, we went on a mission together to get all of our goodies in order! And today we’re all going to be sharing with you the before and afters! And of course…every party has to have prizes! One lucky reader will win $250.00 in store credits to The Container Store, Sweets & treats Boutique, Bella Cupcake Couture, and Country SweetArt Kitchen! Which is just about enough to kick off your own baking supply area! Hello sprinkle stash! Oh – and I’ll be giving away a little prize of my own.


Before we get to all of that fun stuff, can I tell you all about my space, well spaces really. As most of you know we’re military. And we’ve moved just about every 18-21 months in the last 8 years. Which translates to in 8 years of marriage I’ve had 8, yes 8 kitchens. We’ve had tiny little kitchens, kitchen/dining combos, and large spacious kitchens. I’ve learned to be not only organized but versatile. The thing is about being a decorative food blogger, is it takes up lots of space – more so then you would think. I have all the goodies you would expect any baker to have, plus the tools of a decorator, and photographer. It’s slightly insane. My biggest challenge is always transitioning to an organized space in the new house, making it work. So while I wish I was showing you pictures of my custom build kitchen complete with a oversized island and pull out sprinkle rack, that’s just not possible right now. Instead, I’ll be showing you my versatile and clean way of keeping my growing amounts of baking/blogging supplies in order from our military installation home!

Honestly, I can’t possibly keep my stuff to one area. From cake stands in the display cabinet, pans in the kitchen, and supplies in the pantry there’s just now way I could show it “all” to you. So for now, I’ve chose to show you the baking section of my pantry. Where I use to cram 90% of my blogging supplies in! When I started this project I had all these really cool ideas. Things that I was going to do and even a small budget to spend. But then I got to work, and in the end all I really needed was to rethink, and rearrange! Ready to see? Here goes…but first you have to promise your not going to call hoarders ok? Promise?

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Here’s the “before” of it all. I’ve split the picture in two so you can see the top and bottom better. (sry this is a really hard angle to photograph!) We have been graciously blessed with a very long pantry in this house. I’ve taken over the very back to store my items. however since moving in 6 months ago this is the one area that I really haven’t ever touched. I purchased the different clear containers at Wal-Mart while we were still in New York. (they making moving these items SO easy!) But don’t let the containers fool you, although it seems as I already have it pretty organized here. This is when it’s clean, because of all the extra stuff in the way and poor placement, I’m the worst about putting stuff back where it goes. This space often goes from clean to disaster in a matter of hours!

One of my biggest issues was my stock of paper straws. See those large containers on the very top? That’s where I house all my extra Sweets & Treats Straws. Bad, bad idea. Every time I need straws from there (often) I find myself cheating death getting those bins down.


Another issue here is photography props. It’s no secret I’m always on the hunt for cute new props, but storing all of them is awful. I can’t ever seem to get them all back into the right space and it’s more like an avalanche just waiting to happen.


Oh my baking pans. Sure you occasionally need a bunt pan, or a whoppie pie pan…but where to put them in the mean time?! And see those bins off to the side? Random baking items that have been hanging out since we moved, with no real place to go. They use to hide in our island cupboard.

Ready to see how I changed it up?

The Great Baking Closet Clean Out

Ta-da! Whew, seriously so much better. And look – do you guys see all that empty space, and even empty containers! Wahoo! I’ve been working out of this space for a few weeks now and it’s SO much better. I have a much easier time getting the items I need and putting them back how I’m suppose to.

The first thing I did, was go through everything and purge the items I really didn’t need. Second, I made a big decision to split up the items. With my spiffy new camera lens I’ve recently moved from shooting outdoors (near the kitchen) to right in the office! Which means each shoot I’ve been carrying everything upstairs and then back down, ugh. (note to future dream house office/studio directly off the kitchen) I’ll show you those items in a moment, for now let’s take a look at what sits on each “layer” in the pantry.

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By far the worst space was the pans. I just couldn’t separate myself from any of my pans, but I knew I couldn’t keep them in their Jenga type system. After all, one day they were going to fall over and crush a small child! I found the perfect solution under my bed! An under the bed pull our container that we were no longer using – that even matched! I stored all of my extra pans in it, then placed the tall and very odd shaped pans on top in one of my extra containers. Then I grabbed another semi large bin which use to house straws and filled it with random tools that I often use, or haven’t had a chance to try out yet.

The Great Baking Closet Clean Out

The shelf is where I keep a lot of the items needed for decorative baking. Cupcake liners separated by greaseproof and standard, mini liners, lollipop sticks, candy, chocolate melts, decorations, flavors, disco dust, gel colors, and so on. Not only was I able to remove several bins, check out the empty bins! Room for growth!

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Since the bins are pulled to the front, I have plenty of room to store bigger items in the back. Here I have my cake boards and push pop holder hiding behind the cupcake liners!

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The middle shelf containers edible items. To the left is my sprinkle collection. Believe it or not this was shot BEFORE I received my bulk sprinkle shipment…remember you promised not to call hoarders alright? I might have a little obsession with sprinkles, I dunno.

The Great Baking Closet Clean Out

I keep all of my colored solid sprinkles up front organized by type. Then in the back I store less frequent mixes and holidays mixes organized by theme. If your wondering where I got the sprinkle containers, I purchased them at the Dollar Tree 5/$1.00. I searched for weeks online for a affordable container for sprinkles but nothing worked quiet as well. Placing my sprinkles in these containers not only saved a ton more space then dozens of bottles, it also allowed me to purchase and store sprinkles by the pound.

The Great Baking Closet Clean Out

To the right of the sprinkles I keep baking supplies and ingredients. This stash changes all the time but there’s typically powdered sugar, cake mixes, and other items that I want to use in treats. This works not only for storage but as a great place to say “back off don’t use these items” to the kids!

The Great Baking Closet Clean Out

Next up is the cookie cutter shelf. I have all of my cutters separated into different bins. Common cutter, shapes, letters, unique shapes and then holidays.

One of the things I thought I was going to do when I cleaned up this space was label the containers. Quickly I realized that was just silly! The see through bins make it easy to know exactly what your grabbing, and labeling them would limit my ability to “adjust” the containers within the space.

While I’m at it, I thought I’d show you two spaces in the kitchen where I keep my most used baking/decorating items.

The Great Baking Closet Clean Out

First, my tool drawer. One thing I’ve realized over the past few years is it helps to pull out and keep on hand some of you most used items or you’ll find your self with random go to pieces all over the kitchen. For my a simple plastic utensil organizer did the trick! Right by the stove I keep decorating tools, common colors, tiny cutters, edible pens, most used tips, and so on! This really makes it so easy to get different items as I’m working on a project and even easier to put back right where it goes. The top tray even slides forward to reveal more storage!

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Below is where I keep some of my other most used items. After cleaning up the pantry I had room to move other items in this space. I placed my circle cake pans on the shelf, and used a lid separator to keep my pans, boards, and racks neat and tidy. Beside them I keep my rolled up silicon mats as well as my rolling pins. On the inside wall I have three 3M Command Hooks keeping my Kitchen Aid Mixer attachments handy. Those hooks are one of the best things I’ve done!

Are you guys wondering where all my other stuff went? Surely i didn’t toss all those blog props right? NOPE! I made a huge decisions to move all of the “photography” and packaging type items into the office. Here’s where they live now!

The Great Baking Closet Clean Out

Space, space, and more space! My husband and I actually built this storage area just weeks after moving in. We simply built a frame around store bought cabinets. Tons of space, they look great, but can be totally taken apart for our next relocation! Before it was housing crafts and fabric. But honestly, they weren’t used near as much as my photography/blogger items. So it only made sense to move the crafts to the room closet, and let the baking items take center stage!

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Most of my blogging documents and important stuff as well as cookbooks now live in this bookcase! I love it. Super clean and functional. But let’s take a closer look inside the cabinets shall we?

The Great Baking Closet Clean Out

First cabinet keeps a few crafty items still. I mean hey, glitter is the sprinkles to crafts right? We must keep them on hand. As well as a washi tape dispenser, obviously.

The Great Baking Closet Clean Out

Next up is photography props! Bucks, and napkins, and spoons – oh my! I added a little shelf with a Dollar Tree storage shelf that use to live in one of the over flow bins.

The Great Baking Closet Clean Out

In the next closet is packaging supplies. Bags, ribbons, washi tape, extra printable tags, paper straws, paper bags, and lots of twine hiding behind. It’s really nice to be able to open up this cabinet and pull out all the items I need at once.

The Great Baking Closet Clean Out

And very last is my bulk supply cabinet. Most of you probably don’t know, but I have the honor of shooting products for the lovely Sweets & Treats Boutique. Which means, I get to keep on hand one of every, yes every item in her shop. Awesome right?! But where to put them? This has become the perfect solution! I can now access extra straws and treat bags without cheating death from above. And did you notice..they are all color coordinated! I have no problem finding exactly what I need now. Win!

The Great Baking Closet Clean Out

And that is all for my baking spaces for now! So far I’m very happy with the outcome. By just moving things around and putting a higher priority on my “go to” items I’ve really made so much more space available as well as a working system that I can keep clean.One thing I didn’t share was where I placed all the holiday items. While I love my candy corn dish or heart bowl – I only use them a month or two out of the year. So I decided it was best to take on of my now empty bins and fill it up with strictly holiday items. Then we placed that bin in the closet for now. I’ll pull it out and rotate holiday items as needed.

Total clean out cost: $2.00 for two new packages of sprinkles containers!

I hope you guys had fun getting a rare behind the scenes look at MBC! Did you get any cool ideas to organize your space?

Make sure to check out all the baking closets that were cleaned out & for your chance to win more great prizes!
Make Bake Celebrate
Hungry Happenings 
Kitchen Fun With My Three Sons
Design Eat Repeat 
Sugar Dish Me

A HUGE thank you goes to our amazing sponsors!
Sweets & Treats Boutique
Bella Cupcake Couture
Country Sweetart Kitchen
Crazy for Crust

One GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be chosen to win…
$100 Container Store Gift Card
$50 credit to Sweets & Treats Boutique
$50 credit to Bella Cupcake Couture
$50 credit to Country Kitchen Sweetart

For your chance to win the GRAND PRIZE, complete the entry form below!
Contest entries will be accepted until May 20, 2014 11:59pm EST.
Winner will be chosen Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

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But what about all the items I don’t need any longer? How would you like them! I’ve filled a box with some fun unused baking items that I just won’t been needing – or had too many! Enter below for a chance to win my mystery baking box! Contest entries will be accepted until May 20, 2014 11:59pm EST.
Winner will be chosen Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

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  1. Woah. I want your supplies. Seriously. You have too much. You MUST SHARE. hahahaha

  2. Wow! Love the new setup! Do you have time to do my kitchen baking supplies? Wish I could enter the contest, but I’m only on Pinterest Boo Hoo!

  3. This is amazing!!!!!!!!! Really. You actually have more sprinkles than me which is no small feat, I’m telling you. And your “before” was already gorgeous and pretty well-organized! Love how it turned out. Totally going to buy those dollar store sprinkle containers. Thanks for including me!!

  4. I love stuff and it looks like you have lots of great stuff to give away – I’d love to win!

  5. wow! looks awesome!!

  6. Your stuff is very elegantly stored. I love the cabinets you built and how that whole area is decorated. You sure do have a lot of straws!!!! How fun is that? Thanks for hosting this fun blog hop and for inviting me to join the group.

  7. Kristen says:

    I Love the new set up! I must take some of the ideas, I just have all my baking stuff shoved in a huge box not organized in the least! It drives me crazy!!

  8. I need to clean out my entire kitchen, and organize! I would be thrilled to have the space that you do, and look like your “before” pics! :)

  9. Oh my gosh – the hook idea. LOVE IT!

  10. Kathy Jones says:

    Love your ideas.

  11. Heather B says:

    I really need to clean out all of my baking supplies. They are just everywhere! I love your ideas and may have to try a few.

  12. Oh My Gosh! Your space is so organized. I LOVE it! I don’t have nearly as many supplies as you, but what I do have is a hot mess! ha ha

    My biggest “problem” area would be my shaped pans. I’m a pan junkie! :) I NEVER thought to use an under-bed storage tote, but I am now a gal on a mission to get my stuff organized!!

    Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win MORE STUFF!! YAY!!!

  13. Ilissa Sabath says:

    I’d love some of those extra sprinkles!! :-)

  14. I need to organize my whole baking area!!!

  15. Uhh….bulk sprinkles?! Where oh where did you order those from?!?

  16. Diana McCormack says:

    like the hook idea for mixer tools!

  17. Jasmine Gutierrez says:

    wow, love the organization. I definitely need to clean out some kitchen pantry space to make room for all my baking supplies!

  18. Sarah M. says:

    I really need to do a purge of our spices. They are the hardest thing for me to keep organized, properly stored, and in a first in, first out rotation.

  19. mlaiuppa says:

    Ooooo. I want your pantry. Way to make me feel lazy and envious.

    And that sewing room!

    Oh, and I want that little blue elephant too. How cute!

  20. I love seeing all your fun baking stuff and love it all!

  21. Denise S. says:

    This would be so awesome to win.
    I have my fingers crossed.
    Thanks for the chance!

  22. I need to organize my cake supply shelves…it’s a mess and things are not grouped together like they should be!

  23. I need to clean out my hall closet. My commonly used items get mixed in with my seasonal items and then I get lazy and just make a big misc. pile on top of all the bins.

  24. Half of our walk-in pantry is full of my baking stuff and it’s a MESS! You just gave such motivation to clean it out & organize it!

  25. My kitchen drawers are craziness!

  26. lisa t. says:

    What a fun giveaway and great storage ideas!

  27. I need to clean out my pans. They drive me crazy, always falling, and they are loud when they do that!

  28. I wish for extra cupboards to organize.

  29. Probably my cookie cutters – I have a lot that I never use

  30. Since I’m not a blogger, I have lots of room. I guess I could straighten my pantry but it’s not very full. Send things my way! Thanks.

  31. Lindsay Lee says:

    I need to organize all of my baking supplies as well. Thank you for the awesome ideas and the chance to win!!!

  32. My pans and baking sheets are a mess!

  33. Allison K. says:

    I need to clean up my cake pans.

  34. you are amazing

  35. Nora Jay says:

    Hi Toni! Lets see….. What don’t I need to organize, lol! That may be a shorter list! I suppose my cupcake and cake decorations. I’ll have to check into the dollar store for some containers that are alike!!
    P.S…. You’re awesome!

  36. Barbara Bradford says:

    I wish I could find a spot just for my baking supplies, they have a tendency to get scattered and it takes me forever to gather everything I need for a project. Love the sprinkle tubs you found !!

  37. Loved seeing how you keep everything!! it gives me better ideas for myself!! If i had to choose a spot to organize it would totally be the pans i use, mine sorta looked like yours but i like the idea of putting them all in a big clear bin!! Thanks. i LOVE your area!! Good Job!!

  38. Cheri Staple says:

    I have 3 areas I keep all my baking supplies (kitchen, spare bedroom and linen closet), and sooooo need to get organized! You have a ton of great ideas I’m going to copy, especially the hooks for the Kitchen Aid attachments!

  39. Elizabeth Plummer says:

    I don’t need to clean anything out yet, only because I am moving! Currently everything is in storage, but once I get to the new place, the kitchen is a lot bigger, and I will get to organize everything from scratch

  40. I love dollar tree :) I really need to clean out my spice and sprinkles shelves!!! I can barely find anything I need in there!

  41. Wow! Your baking closet looks absolutely amazing ! I am a new baker and I really don’t have much of any type of baking or decorating supplies, my passion however is organization and I am LOVING this space ! I have a definite love for bins , however, I have never actually had any see-through bins like you have in your closet , but they look wonderful … It truely brings out not only the organization but also the pop of color and character from your baking and personality and is completely functional !! I dream of having an awesome organized bin collection like that someday !!! All of the baking, decorating, organizing and multitasking you do is so inspiring !!! :)

  42. I need to re-organize everything, but definitely my baking supplies. They’re all just piled together in a general area – nothing like how organized you are!

  43. Jenica Watkins says:

    I can’t wait to organize our new home!

  44. Amanda Buccieri says:

    My pantry!!!

  45. I need to organize my pans in a serious way!

  46. Michelle J. says:

    I need to clean out my spices!

  47. I really don’t have anywhere to organize because i am only 15 turning 16 on the 20th but i really love baking and winning the contest could be a great start to my collection of cupcake liners because all yours look amazing!!! And really want to go to pastry school to become a baker/cake decorator. So I’m so hoping to win this contest because it would be the best birthday gift ever! I also really love your blog!! I made your Buttefinger cupcakes with the Hershey’s cupcake recipe and it is the only cupcakes that my friend was able to eat without feeling sick and i was so proud because of that. I’m kinda addicted to your blog!! Also sorry for how long this is! :)

  48. I’ve got most of my baking items organized fairly well…right now!

  49. I need to organize all my baking supplies. I love how neat and clean your pantry looks.

  50. The baking area I most need to clean out and organize is the pantry where I keep my pans. I often have a “panalanche” when I try to pull one out and the rest come tumbling down.

  51. I definitely need to clean out my cookie cutters!

  52. My pan cabinet!

  53. I have a pretty organized pantry…..but I’m always up for new stuff and/or ideas. I’m jealous of all your goodies! I need new cookie cutters and sprinkles like a I need a hole in my head…..I’m kinda addicted :-)

  54. I need to go through my baking supplies and cull the older ones or ones I’m not longer interested in using. I just did the pantry closet, so the baking supplies are a logical next step.

    Your clean-up looks amazing, though it certainly didn’t look messy before!

  55. tiffany says:

    My pantry! My supplies are in one area but I need to go through and organize!

  56. I love how you organized all of your supplies!

  57. Our whole kitchen… ;)

  58. Sandy Headtke says:

    I have a serious sprinkles problem, thanks for showing us how it can br controlled

  59. Such a good idea! My cupboard is such a mess… probably time to start organising!

  60. Jessica says:

    My pantry needs some serious help…thanks for the tips!

  61. My supplies are everywhere! You have given me inspiration!

  62. You have so amazing baking crazy stuff! I love the sprinkles and everything! I think that it it really sweet to make beautiful and delicious chocolate muffins for your beloved on Valentine’s day. Thanks a lot for sharing!