Pantry organization ideas and tricks. This post has been sponsored by Rubbermaid. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
We’ve been through a lot this past year, haven’t we? You stuck by my side when I renovated my old 1920s kitchen, you offered kind words when I couldn’t sell my house, and you’ve watched me move into a new house recently. If you’re following along on Instagram at my behind-the-scenes peeks, thank you!
If you were following last weekend, you saw that I completely emptied my pantry and started fresh. Doing a complete pantry organization project was a daunting task, but if you saw the state of my pantry, you would know why I had to do it now. When we moved in, I randomly piled food on the shelves.
Not so surprisingly, after one month, it looked like a tornado hit. And hey, new year, new organization goals, right?
One fine Sunday morning, my husband and I pulled everything out, and came up with a plan to put it back together in a way that made more sense for how we cook (all the time).
My pantry is basically a corner closet with 5 shelves. And while it looks like it has a lot of space, the problem with corners is that you really can’t put much in them. I knew that great storage would be key to maximize this oddly shaped space.
I’ve been on the hunt for great quality storage containers for a pantry organization for a while now. I’ve tried a few brands, and the bottoms have all cracked on me. It’s my opinion that some storage containers are made for aesthetics, and some are actually made for people who cook as much as I do, (which is a lot). I’ve been looking for containers that meet both of my expectations: durable and pretty. So, when Rubbermaid asked me to test out their BRILLIANCE™ food storage containers, I happily agreed.
I’m happy to report that these containers withstood the toddler durability test! Even when I found her pulling the canisters off the shelves herself, everything was fine!
Another thing that both Camille and I both love is that the containers are crystal clear so she can easily decide what she wants to snack on. I also love that they’re completely air-tight because they get opened every 35 seconds in our house. It’s also important to me that the containers are BPA-free and stain resistant.
Camille’s snack area contains:
Shelf 1: freeze-dried fruit I’m obsessed with this stuff. I talked about it in my Baby Food post, but I used these instead of those nutritionally-devoid ‘baby puffs’ when Camille was teething. They’re crispy and crunchy and contain only 1 ingredient (fruit!)
Shelf 2: From top left to right: coconut sugar (to make my coconut sugar cookies with), toasted coconut chips, veggie straws, kid-friendly granola (stir in the freeze-dried fruit just before serving), peanut butter filled pretzels, chocolate-covered sunflower seeds, cashews (a great source of zinc in cold & flu season), plantain chips for scooping up guacamole (her favorite after school snack), and lollipops for potty training bribes, of course.
Shelf 3: whole wheat spaghetti (the start of her favorite dinner, which is Chicken Parmesan for Two, whole wheat flour (for making my family-friendly cookies), raisins, oats, assorted nut butters, nutritional yeast (for sprinkling over popcorn), and dried fruit bars.
Shelf 4: sugar and flour (for making cookies, of course), and a fruit basket with bananas, blood oranges and cherry tomatoes, from which she is allowed to eat at any time. Yes, my kid thinks cherry tomatoes are candy, and if any of you tell her differently, I will find you!
The final basket has a box of cookies (hidden in the back, of course), snap pea chips(the closest thing to ‘chips’ that Camille is allowed to eat), and a loaf of bread for peanut butter & banana toast.
The snacks change occasionally, but these are all things she loves to eat and bake with.
Thank you, friends, for coming along on this pantry organization journey with me! I love having you in my kitchen!