Happy Monday friends! How was your weekend? I feel like it’s been busy, busy lately but all good things like birthdays and sports and fun things for the blog! You guys might laugh at me, but one thing I did on my birthday was organize my pantry! What can I say?! I just finally couldn’t take the mess anymore! Our pantry serves double duty as dry food storage, entertaining and decor items, and it’s where all the cardboard boxes and recycling lives before it makes its way to the bins outside. After the holidays and a few parties, it was overflowing and it’s been a couple years since it got a major clean out!
I also recently partnered with Brandless, an online market with hundreds of everyday essentials and when my package of goodies arrived, I wanted to have a specific place for everything. I’m super excited to share Brandless with you and why I love it and you will too (hint; everything is just $3. The products are safe and healthy for your family, and every time you place an order, Brandless donates a meal through Feeding America to someone in need). But first, let’s bask in a freshly organized pantry (and hope it stays that way)!
Coming from a small townhouse with zero storage, I knew when we built this house that one priority would be ample storage! Our pantry is 9×6 with five shelves and even a place for an extra refrigerator if we ever need it. It’s super tall and I’m super short, so I do need a stool to reach the high things!
I started decanting my items as a way to keep things organized and pretty. It’s a little more work on grocery shopping day, but it makes storage and organization easier since all of your containers are the same (or at least similar) in size and you can see just how much pasta and quinoa you actually have! And I keep bags and packages of things in the big glass storage jars.
When organizing this go ’round I moved the cans down a shelf, mostly for aesthetic purposes. Because they last longer, I don’t think that cans need to be at eye level. The pasta sauce is important, but it’s the trail mix and snacks we’re reaching for the most.
We’re lucky to have the space to store all of our entertaining items, decor and some appliances in one, easy to reach, location. I grouped my serving pieces by color family for quick grabbing when decorating for a party or loaning them out! The appliances are on a lower shelf and easy to grab and put away after use! We’ve recently been using the Fast Slow Pro in place of our Crockpot, so maybe in future Pantry Organization posts that will be completely gone!
I also grouped all the coffee/tea/cocoa needs in one location and can easily move the whole basket over by the coffee maker in the kitchen and back to its home in the pantry when we’re done!
The glass jars help corral less frequently used bags and boxes and other loose items. I don’t label my containers because I’ll frequently change out what’s in them and that’s one less step!!
The Brandless packaging is also really appealing. It’s simple and lets you know exactly what you’re getting! Yes, I like the look of decanting my grocery items but for the stuff that stays in a a box the Brandless packaging is right up my alley!
Everything at Brandless is $3. Yep, you heard me right- EVERYTHING is only $3 and sometimes 2 for $3- like the Gluten Free Mac & Cheese. Brandless makes all your everyday essentials including non-GMO food, snack food, personal care products, cleaners, vitamins, just all the goods.
These snacks are so good and made with the good stuff – and NOT the bad!! Many are organic, fair trade, kosher, gluten free, vegan, and more. These hummus crisps are quite tasty as well! We served the Crushed Pepper & Truffle Oil Popcorn at Jordan’s birthday party!
With a busy family and one picky eater, finding healthy versions of what they like is important and that isn’t always the cheapest route. Brandless was created with the idea of “no one should have to choose between what matters to them and what they can afford.” Isn’t that amazing?!
Jordan loves the applesauce pouches. I’ve lined them up for her right within reach. Notice there’s only one left by picture day because of how quickly she went through these!!
Brandless also gives back, which aside from all the other benefits you’ll find with this company, that’s really my favorite part of being involved with them. For every order you place, a meal is donated to people facing hunger.
And now that the pantry is all clean and organized, let’s hope I can keep it that way! Have a great Monday friends!
Big thanks to Nicole Young for these awesome photos of the pantry space!!
And to Brandless for partnering on this post!