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In our previous house we had a roomy, walk-in kitchen pantry. Here? Notsomuch. When we designed the kitchen, the plan was to use cabinet space for dried and packaged goods. We thought if worse came to worse we could always store pantry items in one of the wardrobes in the adjacent mudroom but, luckily, we haven’t had to.

Downsizing has changed our lives a lot – which we expected for the most part. But we’re surprised by how much it has affected our thoughts on food. It seems like in our previous house, we bought (and ate) way more packaged food because we had this huge pantry to stock. Here, there’s no pantry begging to be filled so we find ourselves buying (and eating) less boxed food. And we’re making the packaged foods we do eat count. We’re also better at keeping our fridge stocked with fresh produce.

So where exactly do we keep packaged foods and dry goods in this house?

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We’ve designated a corner lazy susan as our “pantry.” It’s easily accessible and doesn’t take up much space.

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Even though it’s probably a tenth of the size of our previous pantry, nobody goes hungry around here. If anything, we’re eating better. We’re more conscious of what we’re buying and eating since we only have so much room for food. The whole “quality over quantity” theme has even seeped into our grocery shopping and regular diets. I’m not saying we’re perfect (um, hello boxes of Girl Scout cookies) but our attitude towards in-house food has definitely changed. Plus, I can pull the “we don’t have room for it” card, guilt-free, anytime one of my kids asks for juice boxes at the grocery store.

The limited space makes for quick inventory checks, too. It’s easy to see what we’re running low on and what we have plenty of.

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I think lazy susans are difficult to organize. Why can’t I find wedge-shaped bins to organize and optimize space in a lazy susan?! BAM. Someone should take that idea to Shark Tank. I did the best I could with some bins and baskets we already had on hand. (In fact, most of them once lived in our big, flashy pantry.) The cabinet contents are divvied up into categories: canned goods, snacks, pasta & rice, non-refrigerated produce, breakfast foods, baking ingredients, sweets, etc. I try to keep the items in each bin specific to a given category so I can simply pull out one basket to find what I need instead of bending over and spinning my way through everything just to find one item.

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The basket system works really well for snacks. The kids can grab the snack basket to pick an item of their choice without my help. To keep things relatively healthy but also give the kids a sense of freedom, I control what goes into the basket but they choose what comes out. Win-win.

NatureBox recently sent my family some goodies to try and they made their way into the snack basket. With no high fructose corn syrup, no partially hydrogenated corn oils, no trans fats, no artificial sweeteners, no artificial flavors and no artificial colors, I’m happy to support NatureBox’s mission to help people discover better choices. Being a busy mom, I also appreciate that the monthly snack subscription includes free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. Healthy snacks at your doorstep, people! Best of all, YOU CHOOSE which snacks show up at your doorstep.

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To free up room in the corner cabinet, I do store a few things elsewhere in the kitchen. Cereal and oatmeal live in large glass canisters just above the “pantry.” We go through those two things so quickly there’s never any worry of them becoming stale before consumption.

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I keep flour and various sugars in containers next to the stove. The stainless steel canisters have rubber-sealed lids with secure latches to keep contents fresh.

I’ve received SO. MANY. QUESTIONS. about where we keep food in our downsized house. I hope this post gives you some answers. (Doesn’t peeking into someone’s pantry feel extremely personal?) We’ve discovered that having less space for food isn’t necessarily a problem. For us, it’s motivation to make better choices. And better is always a step in the right direction.

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This post sponsored in part by NatureBox. All images and content by me. All crumbs by my kids. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

541 Comments

11.March.2014

Flax fortune cookies sound yummy!

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11.March.2014

I would love to try their Toasted Sesame Sticks, and other snacks of course…

Thanks for the opportunity!

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the sea salt and cracked pepper pumpkin seeds and the praline pumpkin seeds are calling my name! the dark cocoa almonds also look yummy!

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11.March.2014

These all look yummy! My boys would love the chili lime pistachios and the honey macadamia pretzel pops!

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11.March.2014

Sour Cream and Onion Almonds look tasty!

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11.March.2014

dark cocoa almonds!!!!

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11.March.2014

I would actually be interested to hear what you send for lunch for your kids.
The Italian Pretzels look interesting. :)

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11.March.2014

South Pacific Plantains and French Toast Granola!

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11.March.2014

I would like to try practically everything! If I had to narrow it down, I’d say the dark cocoa or cinnamon spiced almonds.

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11.March.2014

obviously the salted caramel pretzel pops :)

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11.March.2014

sweet potato fries and oat crisps

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11.March.2014

Yummmm those dried granny smith apples and blueberry almonds look divine!

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11.March.2014

Dark Cocoa Almonds!!

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11.March.2014

I think the dark cocoa almonds and the salted caramel pretzel pops. YUM!

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11.March.2014

those sunshine chips look delicious!

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11.March.2014

Toasted Sesame sticks! Yummmmmm…

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11.March.2014

apple pie figgy bars!

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11.March.2014

salted caramel popS!! please.

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11.March.2014

The chipotle maple almonds look yum!

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11.March.2014

citrus chipotle chickpeas, reminds me of some of the citrus spicy peanuts TJs used to have

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11.March.2014

French Toast Granola and Blueberry Nom Noms!

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11.March.2014

Vanilla macaroon granola and those cocoa almonds sound amazing!

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11.March.2014

I would love to try the Whole Wheat Blueberry Figgy Bars and Everything Bagel Stix!

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11.March.2014

I must say, any flavored almond sounds awesome!

New to your blog and I love it! :)

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The Salted Caramel Pretzel Pops just made my mouth start to water!

Thanks for hosting Dana!

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11.March.2014

salted caramel pretzel pops!

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11.March.2014

We are huge fans of dried fruit in our house – especially dried apple rings. But the dried pineapple looks really good – Yum!

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11.March.2014

toasted sesame sticks and dark cocoa almonds!

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11.March.2014

Baked peppery potato fries!
Yum!

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11.March.2014

Ooooh…the french toast granola is speaking to me…with an adorable accent, of course. And those flax fortune cookies sound quite intriguing!

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11.March.2014

I think I must be browsing hungry, because I want them all!

Let’s start with the country ranch peas, and the south pacific plantains.

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11.March.2014

The Chipotle Maple Almonds sound amazing!

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11.March.2014

The sunshine chips look amazing!

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11.March.2014

The salted caramel pretzel pops look yummy!
Thank you!

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11.March.2014

Pistachio Power Clusters, please! They look fantastic.

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11.March.2014

These are the ones that I thought looked really good – the Cranberry Almond Bites, the Lemon Meringue Waffles and the Yogurt Dipped Pretzels!!

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11.March.2014

Yum Salted Caramel pops!
I love looking into people’s pantrys. I did a post on my blog a while back. I love a good huge pantry however! We have a pretty big cabinet with pull out drawers but I’d love one even bigger! ha! We cook a lot and DH loves a well stocked kitchen. We do tend to keep mostly healthy stuff there. No junk other than a bag of chocolate chips occasionally and a bar of TJ dark chocolate.

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11.March.2014

everything looks yummy! the dark cocoa almonds and pistachio power clusters really stood out to me though :-)

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11.March.2014

Sour Cream and Onion Almonds and Big Island Pineapple both look amazing!

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11.March.2014

Everything looks yummy but the apple pie fig bars are intriguing! :-)

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11.March.2014

Cranberry Almond Bites, Dried Granny Smith Apples or the Toasted Sesame Stix :)
Everything looks so delicious!

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11.March.2014

Everything looks yummy !! Especially the Figgy Bars !!

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11.March.2014

Sour cream and onion almonds :)

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11.March.2014

peanut butter nom noms!

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11.March.2014

french toast granola sounds good!

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11.March.2014

Dark Cocoa Almonds or PB Nom Noms!

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11.March.2014

Pistachio Power bars!

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11.March.2014

we would love the chocolate almonds and lemon merengue waffles, wha?! yum.

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11.March.2014

Hey Dana,

I did a quick google and found these wedge-shaped containers on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Turntable-Storage-Clear-Pantry/dp/B009OS838A! Maybe you were thinking more basket-type things. But, these could be useful.

From NatureBox, I’d love to try the dark cocoa almonds.Also, honey macadamia pretzel pops sound interestingly delicious!And for the savory I’d pick the guacamole bites. :)

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11.March.2014

Dark Cocoa Almonds and Citrus Kick Almonds! YUM!!!! Thanks for hosting, Dana!

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