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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?

Chocolate Granola Bites {Kid-Friendly Recipe}

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If your kiddos are anything like mine, they are always looking for the next snack. I find it so hard to find kid-friendly snacks that are healthy and that keep them satisfied until the next meal. I recently found a winner with these chocolate granola bites and they are easy-peasy to throw together.

We usually have all of these ingredients on hand so, with a couple of minutes of prep and a few minutes in the fridge, they are good to go! They are also awesome to snack on before or after a workout or if you have a sweet tooth after a meal.

Kid-Friendly Chocolate Granola Bites

These homemade snacks are perfect for kids and parents! 

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Nut Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Honey
  • 1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips
  • 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds

Instructions

  • Mix ingredients together and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. 
    After the mix has chilled, roll into balls and serve immediately or place back in the fridge to store. 
    Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy! What are some of your favorite kid-friendly snacks that you keep on hand?

The Best Guacamole {Friday Happy Hour}

Fridays are tough in our house.  Both kids are exhausted from the school week and Peter and I are ready for the weekend.  Because of this, we usually opt to stay in for the night. To make Friday’s a bit more special, I have started creating a “Happy Hour” for Peter and I when he gets home from work.  I put out a yummy snack that we enjoy with a cocktail and it sets the tone for a relaxed, amazing weekend together.

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10 Must-Haves to Pack for your Next Disney Cruise {Travel Tuesday}

Once my family and I decided to book a Disney Cruise, I spent countless hours researching, reading and watching everything I could to prepare for our trip.  It had been years since I had taken a cruise and now with kids, I knew I needed to plan more than ever.  Cruising with Disney was amazing and they took care of so many things, but there were definitely some items we packed that made the trip so much easier!

Now that we are back, I figured I would share the items I would recommend you pack for your next cruising adventure.  These items would obviously be awesome for any cruise/ship and are not limited to Disney, but after our last trip, I would HIGHLY recommend you book your own Disney Cruise! Literally the best family vacation, ever! We ended up packing a lot more than we needed so I think it will be super helpful to share the items that we actually did use and will definitely take on our next Disney Cruise.

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We went on a Disney Cruise! {Travel Tuesday}

I am SO excited to share with you that we just got back from our first ever Disney Cruise! We originally had booked a week to Atlantis and after some recent negative reviews about the property, we did a switcharoo and booked a last minute Disney Cruise on the Magic.  It was seriously the best decision ever and I am already looking to book another one! Because we were so last minute and we planned to travel over Spring Break, our options were a bit more limited.  We ended up booking a 5-night cruise out of Miami and the only negative we had was that it wasn’t longer.  We can’t wait to book a 7-night out of Port Canaveral!

I plan on sharing ALL the things about the cruise and I will review our excursions and experiences over the next few weeks.  I did a lot of research before sailing so I will try and share as many things as possible to help any of you that might be looking to book a Disney Cruise for yourself or for your family.

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