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5 Tips on How to Organize a Small, Builder’s-Grade Pantry

We have been in our house for about 4 years now and I am just starting to get things organized. We moved in when Hayes was 3 months old and I basically shoved things in closets and in our garage to keep them out of the way. This spring I have spent my weekends emptying out those closets and re-organizing.

One of my biggest challenges has been our small pantry. When we purchased our home, I never thought twice about the size of the pantry. Now that we have two growing kiddos, it has definitely had its challenges.

Last month I emptied out all of the food, made a trip to The Container Store, and got to organizing. Here are some of my top tips for organizing a small pantry!

Empty out all the snack boxes. Most of our pantry consists of snacks for the kids. When I was cleaning out the pantry, I had no idea how much space those boxes were taking up. Oftentimes I found a huge box with only one or two items left inside. Instead of storing all of the food in the boxes, I purchased different sized clear baskets. This way we can easily see how many granola bars, etc. we have left and they are also super accessible for the kids.

Add extra storage. One of my absolute favorite things we did for the pantry was to add the door storage. This gave us so much extra space to store items that could easily get lost in a small pantry. Now I can see what cans and jars we have and they are all really easy to get to.

Take advantage of the height. When I was organizing the pantry, I didn’t initially take advantage of the height and space between our shelves. There was a lot of wasted space so I decided to start stacking. I bought storage containers that easily stacked from The Container Store and they keep everything fresh and organized. Just make sure your containers are clear or labeled so you don’t have to take everything out to look inside.

Use the floor. My kid’s favorite part of the new pantry is our “snack basket.” We buy snack items in bulk at Costco and this basket is awesome for tossing them all in. The snacks used to live in our garage because our pantry was too small for the large, bulk boxes. Now, we recycle the boxes right away and all of the snacks go right into the basket.

Only buy/store what you need and what you will use. If you have a small pantry, you might not be able to keep a ton of non-perishables on hand at all times. We have found that if we only buy what we need or know that we will use, it has cleared out a ton of clutter and we actually use everything we have. Before the pantry clean-out, we had many jars and cans of items we hadn’t used in years. Now we only buy what we know we will use in the next couple of weeks.

Our pantry clean out has made meals and packing lunching SO much easier. I no longer despise our small space and I look forward to opening it every day. Do you have any spaces in your home that you have had a hard time organzing? What are some of your small-space tips?

Mommy Monday {Giddy Paperie}

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I can’t believe it is already November and time for another amazing Mommy Monday post! If you are anything like me, the day after Halloween starts the Christmas season and all the decorations start to go up in anticipation of the best holiday of the year!  I have already started decorating and I can not wait to share with you some of the changes I have made this year. I love switching things up a bit and this year I am throwing in some blush tones and pinks into the decor and I am so excited to see how it all comes together.

One of my absolute favorite things to do during the holidays is to write Christmas cards and thank you notes for all the wonderful gifts and treats we receive.  I was SO excited when I received the most beautiful stationery from Giddy Paperie.  The Ho, Ho, Flamingo Holiday Suite is literally the cutest and perfect for my Florida Christmas. I also love this design and this design and can’t wait to add this suite to my collection after the holiday season.

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Best DIY Gift Under $3

One of my favorite things to do is to spend time picking out the perfect gift for someone.  I love finding that little something that the recipient will actually use and enjoy! That being said, I feel like every time I turn around I am buying another gift.  I have started spending more time creating gifts for friends and I have found that they appreciate them so much more and they are so much more fun to give!

One of my absolute favorite gifts to give, especially for a newly engaged friend, is a marbled ring or jewelry dish.  They literally take a couple minutes of your time and they are so fun to make! You can find small white dishes in so many stores and they look beautiful when they are dry.  Check out my video above to see how you can make one of your own!

What is your favorite gift to give?

Room Tour {Nursery}

My little man is 2 years old now (oh my gosh, time flies!) and we are about to move him into a big boy bed.  I am seriously so worried because he is such a great sleeper now and I don’t want to go and mess it all up with all that freedom! If any of you have any tips or tricks for keeping your toddler in bed, please let me know!  Before changing up his room and getting rid of his crib, I really wanted to take some photos so I thought I would share them with ya’ll!

I knew immediately that I wanted to stick with a nautical/coastal theme with his room and I am really happy with how it turned out.  There are still some details that I would like to change, but I think it has been perfect for him these last 2 years!

Most of the items in his room are RH Baby & Child or Homegoods, but his crib was actually given to us by one of my best friends.  Her daughter, and my goddaughter, slept in this crib so it is so special!

Thanks so much and see you next time! xoxo