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Pantry Tour

This is the pantry of my dreams. Seriously, it makes this momma happy and OCD Braun EXTREMELY happy. This is one of those spaces in the house that can quickly become complete chaos!

We knew when we were building this house that the kitchen/pantry part of the house would be really high-traffic and we knew we wanted something that wasn’t cramped, dark, or disorganized. But with open shelving like we have, chaos can quickly take over! But with a little help and creative thinking, we’ve been able to keep this pantry organized (most of the time) and an easy space for every member of the family to navigate!

I’m going to take you on a quick tour and show you some of the ways you can add a bit more order to your life!

AIRTIGHT CONTAINERS | KEYHOLE BINS

With the amount of food our family consumes, it’s easy for boxes and packaging to pile up. We eliminated this problem early on by dumping everything into these airtight pop-containers. They keep everything fresh and look much better than having packaging on the shelves. I don’t know about you, but when food ‘looks’ good, I’m much more likely to eat it. It’s also a plus for my kids. Giving them the ability to see what’s in a container without having to rip it open saves on messes! I mainly use the 5.5 qt, 4 qt, and 2.4 qt sizes.

These bins have actually become one of my favorite pantry hacks. We use these for things like oatmeal packets, applesauce pouches, treats, beef jerky, etc. And I can’t say it enough, I love that I can get all of the packagings out of my pantry, and have it look organized and clean.

CEREAL CONTAINER | AIRTIGHT CONTAINER

Another really great use for these airtight containers is for things like powders, mixes, baking supplies, sugars, etc. It’s so easy for those types of things to create a mess (one that is way hard to clean up) and again, I like that I can see everything on display! I like to buy cereal in bulk to save money, but I don’t love having the big bags taking up space on my shelves, so I keep six of these cereal containers on the shelf, put the bulk bags in big bins, and refill when they run out. They’re airtight so your cereal stays fresh!

ROTATING CAN DISPENSER

There are a few reasons why I love these rotating can dispensers! 1. They do keep your shelves organized and your cans are far less likely to topple from the shelf and break all over your floor. 2. It’s a game and my kids will gladly put a can away when they get to watch it roll to the front. 3. They rotate first in, first out so you’re not letting the same cans sit on the back of a shelf until they go bad.

MICROWAVEBLENDER | KITCHEN AID |  PEBBLE ICE MAKER

This is absolutely the most high-traffic, most used area in our house and I’m sooooo glad it’s not at the front of my kitchen where everyone can see. From the ice maker to the drink fridge, a lot of thought went into this space, how often it would be used, and how we could maximize the layout to work for us. Many times plain, simple good design will beat smart storage options any day! And a pebble ice maker…When we built our house, this one the number one thing I wanted. Sonic ice in your house… need I say more?

DRINK FRIDGE | TOASTER OVER | TOASTER

I love this toaster oven for so many reasons! It heats up and cooks much faster than a regular oven. I put my daily sweet potato fries in there, heat up leftovers, make corndogs for the kids, etc. It saves so much time! The other thing I gotta mention is this fridge. I love when I crack open a drink and it’s just cold enough to ice over a little bit. This drink fridge makes it easy for the kids to stay hydrated and for Braun and I to have easy access to a quick grab!

PANTRY MEASUREMENTS

Pantry 12’W x 10’L

Office 6’W x 10’L

Upper Shelf Height 16.5″

Lower Shelf Height 10″

From Ground 22.5″

So don’t get scared when thinking about tackling your pantry or, if you’re in the process of designing your home, planning a pantry that is functional and awesome for your family!

One last thing – you know how much I love my Costco door. If you are building, trust me, get one of these and you’ll never look back!

Check out some of our other favorite pantry pieces that we totally love!

Pantry Storage
1.
Small Storage Bin
Ikea
We use these for things like oatmeal packets, applesauce pouches, treats, beef jerky, etc. I love that I can get all of the packaging out of my pantry, and have it look organized and clean.
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2.
Large Storage Bin
Ikea
These are great for overflow items. We put big bags of cereal, pancake mix, plastic cutlery, etc. I usually keep a smaller container of it on the shelves, and the big bulk bag of it in one of these bins, then just refill the smaller container as we need to!
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Cereal Containers
Sagler
I like to buy cereal in bulk to save money, but I don't love having the big bags taking up space on my shelves, so I keep six of these cereal containers on the shelf, put the bulk bags in big bins, and refill when they run out. They're airtight so your cereal stays fresh!
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Fresh Sealed Pop Containers
OXO
I LOVE these food containers. They keep everything fresh, and look much better than having packaging on the shelves. I don't know about you, but when food 'looks' good, I'm much more likely to eat it. I mainly use the 5.5 qt, 4 qt, and 2.4 qt sizes.
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5.
Rotating Can Organizer
Fifo
These can organizers are awesome. They rotate first in, first out so you're not letting the same cans sit on the back of a shelf until they go bad.
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Pantry Appliances
1.
Nugget Ice Maker
Ice-O-Matic
When we built our house, this one the number one thing I wanted. Sonic ice in your house... need I say more?
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2.
Drink Fridge
Kitchen Aid
This is the fridge of Braun's dreams. He perfectly organizes cans in here, and I always have a cold Dr. Pepper. It's a win win!
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3.
Dish Washer
Kitchen Aid
This is the quietest dishwasher you'll ever hear!
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4.
Microwave
Kitchen Aid
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5.
Four Slice Toaster
Wolf
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6.
Toaster Oven
Wolf
I love this toaster oven for so many reasons! It heats up and cooks much faster than a regular oven. I put my daily sweet potato fries in there, heat up leftovers, make corndogs for the kids, etc. It saves so much time!
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7.
Food Processor
Kitchen Aid
I do all of my vegetable chopping in this. It's incredible. It'll chop your onions, shred carrots, slice tomatoes, mince parsley, knead bread dough, and it's all dishwasher safe.
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Mixer
Kitchen Aid
If you're going to have one small appliance in your kitchen, this is the one. The mixer alone in amazing, but you can also get different attachments for it, and have you ever shredded chicken in your Kitchen Aid mixer? It's magic.
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9.
Blender
Wolf
This blended is super powerful. We use it mostly for smoothies and pancakes, but you can even make ice cream in it.
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10.
Brushed Bronze Faucet
Delta
I wanted to do something fun in the pantry, so I went with brushed bronze fixtures.
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11.
Brushed Bronze Soap and Lotion Dispense
Delta
I have two of these next to the sink. One for lotion, and one for dish soap. I love not having the containers out by my sink.
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12.
Instant Boiling Water Faucet
InSinkErator
This is one of my favorite things in my pantry. It comes out instantly boiling, which is great for quick morning oatmeal, cup of noodle, mac and cheese, etc.
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13.
Stainless Steel Sink
Kraus
I love our big sink without a divider. It makes washing big things like cookie sheets and pots and pans so much easier.
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14.
Cordless Vacuum
Dyson
This is the best vacuum you'll ever own. I have two, and they charge on the wall of my pantry, ready to go whenever I need them. I use them for little spills, vacuuming the entire house, and they pull apart into a handheld which I use in my car.
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