31 Days of Joy Simply | Day 3: Pretty & Smart {A Pantry}

This is Day 3 of a 31 day series of finding Joy Simply.  
You can read each post from the series by starting HERE.

Growing up my girl friends called me ‘Random Landrum.’  Landrum was my maiden middle name (if that’s such a thing) so it come as no surprise that these Simple Joys will be in no particular order.

That being said, I’m not even gonna lie. I love having all things organized and in their place. An organized pantry is just icing on the cake. It brings me inexplicable joy, I’m embarrassed to say. Opening the door and seeing the pretzels in a vintage glass canister, noodles in another IKEA pasta holder, whole wheat bread in its respective woven basket and pretty basket sitting on the floor with my ‘back ups’. Soar. Having an organized pantry makes inventory control for a family of 5 easier. There, I said it. I feel better already.

The organizing can be done any which way. When I did this a few years back, I went to Goodwill and bought some glass canisters (for pretzels, pastas, crackers) and a large wire basket (top shelf) for chips and extra cereal bags- I toss the boxes into recycle). The baskets were purchased at Michaels with a coupon and Wal-Mart also has some great square plastic canisters (far left, top shelf of the door). All of our cereals are kept in there. If we are running low, I know ahead of time. This also keeps me from buying cereal every time I go the grocery only to have the 7 boxes at home go stale. I keep my back up supplies (trash bags, napkins, paper towels, condiments, cereals, and bulk items) in what I affectionately dub ‘the Costco Closet’ which is off our kitchen.  Woven baskets house: breads, lunch box snacks/crackers, dog treats/medicines, rice/macaronis, dish towels, and Raynes’ snacks on the lowest shelf for him to reach.  {We may soon need to put a door knob lock on the pantry door}.

When asked about what it was like going from 2 to 3 children, I often tell friends the biggest adjustment is inventory control. Meaning, you can’t just run up to Publix when you run out of peanut butter. Well, you can but it’s a total pain to load up children at dinner time to make a special trip to the grocery store for a stinking jar of peanut butter of tomorrow’s lunch boxes. Trust me, I’ve done it too many times.  Now I keep close tabs on what we have, how much is left, what is missing back up, what we need, and use my iPhone reminder app/lists like a crazy woman.  A Type-A’s dream come true that little app.

Even if you start with one shelf a day, there are few other areas in your house that get as much use as the pantry. Working rooms need love too and this one is no exception.