Hi friend! I hope your week is going amazingly well! Ours is a short one with parent/teacher conferences starting Thursday and a girls’ trip to Roundtop on Friday! I’m sooo looking forward to it! Join me on Stories for all the fun!
Usually on Wednesdays I share the “best sales”, but honestly, I have to admit I’ve been getting kind of burned out on that. I felt like I was getting in a rut searching for sales and having to force it sometimes.
After giving it some thought, I decided to discontinue that “best sales” series on my blog. It started as a fun way to share awesome things that were on sale, but as Stories continues to grow, that platform seems like a better place to share those fast finds.
I’d prefer my blog to have ‘meatier’ content if you know what I mean. I can still add some great sales to the end of my Friday blog posts like I’ve been doing for years – if I find some worth sharing.
Also, instead of reposting my Tuesday Goodies in a Wednesday blog post, you can always find them on Stories live or on this blog page. Sharing them here again was starting to feel redundant. Let me know if you agree.
Finally, I go live on Amazon once a week and you can watch those videos here, even if you miss the live time.
My online career started with my blog in 2010 – over 12 years ago! So much has changed and evolved and I’ve had to grow with those changes. My blog will always be my first love and where I can connect with you and share content that will live here forever. It’s also the only social media component that I actually own. Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and other platforms could disappear one day . . .
I’m so grateful for your readership and support over the years. I hope these changes sits will with you. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments. ♥
OUR NEW PANTRY
In light of everything I’ve just shared, today’s post focuses on our new pantry! I’ve been wanting to share this with you since I moved into this new house and it’s finally ready for you to see!
With my job and because I like to switch things out seasonally, I keep on hand several decor pieces like vases, faux florals and decorative objects.
The minimalist in me wants to keep things paired down and my Type A personality wants everything neat, tidy and organized. I feel like I achieved that with our new pantry. C’mon in!
I’ve worked hard to achieve that balance in my pantry. I’m so thankful for it’s grand size. Above the shelves you see are two more rows of shelves that I’m not even using. It actually makes me feel good to have empty spaces with some breathing room.
I could store taller items up there if I adjusted the shelves, but honestly, I can’t ever see myself wanting to climb that high to bring something down.
This pantry came with a pretty wooden ladder and railing, but I prefer to keep it leaning against the adjacent wall to keep it out of the way. And, it’s actually easier to just pull out my tall step ladder than the tall, heavy wooden one, so if I happen to need a ladder, that’s the one I usually use.
HOW I’M ORGANIZING OUR NEW PANTRY
Let’s talk about the functional counter space in here first. I love how they added a wooden counter that’s actually useful for cooking with small appliances. We make our morning toast in here and also air fry Jordan’s chicken nuggets for her school lunch here. It’s so nice to have this space so that those daily appliances aren’t out on our kitchen counters.
I like to keep the kids snacks handy right at eye level in these woven baskets. These are things they can reach for themselves for when they’re packing their lunch. It’s also nice for me to be able to easily see what we’re running low on.
It’s so cool how these under counter drawers pull out and they’re also pretty tall so larger things can fit in there.
Starting right in front is where we keep items we use often like bread, canned goods and seasoning packets.
Below that is more of a dessert drawer with s’mores fixin’s, cake mixes and hot cocoa.
In the middle drawers are pastas, sauces and below that baking goods like flour and sugars.
To the far left are extra storage bags, lunch boxes, our dutch oven and then seasonal kitchen items like Christmas mugs and plates.
On the right side aren’t drawers, but shelves where I store cookbooks, serving platters and trays. My cooking binders contain all the recipes I like to keep handy. I have one for main dishes and appetizers and another one dedicated to desserts!
In the upper shelves, you’ll find bulk items that I organized into glass or clear containers. It’s helpful to get the right size container for your specific food items. For example, dog food and coffee beans get a big container, whereas chocolate chips, dried fruit and nuts get smaller containers.
Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, it’s nice to have one spot for decor like vases and faux florals. To keep things looking neat, I grouped like items together. For instance, all the light colored vases are kept together and same with the darker ones.
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Since I have a variety of faux plants and flowers, I tried to display them so they’d look nice in here instead of hiding in a bin somewhere that I’d forget about them or not be able to access easily.
It’s been really challenging for me to figure out what’s the right amount to keep. I have let go of several things though and I don’t really miss. You don’t see any 3-tiered stands anymore, and I used to have several! I also donated my collection of blue & white ginger jars. That color didn’t seem to go with my new kitchen and I figured someone else would be happy to have them.
I do still have several cake stands and we do use those.
Luke has his own set of glass jars for treats:)
This pantry is definitely a workhorse of a space and I’m so thankful to have this extra room to keep everything neat, tidy and well organized!
Below are most of the storage items I’ve found useful in my pantry.
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I can’t believe we moved into this house in March and I’m just now showing you the pantry! It goes to show how much time it takes to get things settled and how you want them- when you’re doing it yourself! I’m still working on the primary bedroom, would you like to see that, the closet or laundry room next?
If you want to see more of our new home, check out these posts:
You might be surprised to learn that I’ve already started taking down our Fall decor because I’ll start decorating for Christmas after Halloween. I’ve done that for a few years now and LOVE getting to enjoy the holiday decor all the way into January!
When you do start decorating for the holidays?
Oh, and are you okay with bidding adieus the the Just Sales posts? Or would you prefer that I still include them on Wednesdays after the ‘meatier’ content? I read all of your comments and appreciate your opinion!
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Have a fantastic day friend!