Maybe I found to many bargains this summer, but my pots and pans cabinet is bursting at the seams! I noticed that the kids’ snack cabinet which is prime real estate next to the stove, was being completely under utilized, so I decided to claim it.  A lot of their snacks are stored in the refrigerator, freezer or on the counter top anyway, so they really didn’t need a whole cabinet.
Here is the before shot of their “snack cabinet.”

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Disorganized and lots of wasted space…
I emptied it out, and put most of the boxes in recycling. I realized how much space just the packaging takes up!

, Organizing Children’s Snacks, Joyful Homemaking

I saved a few of the empty boxes, and cut them down to help organize a bin as the new snack storage place. Here is what it ended up looking like:

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, Organizing Children’s Snacks, Joyful Homemaking

Nothing fancy, but much more efficient, and it will fit on a shelf in the pantry.

, Organizing Children’s Snacks, Joyful Homemaking

I also put any extras right in the shoe bag on the back of my pantry door, which I blogged about here, that works great for storing little things so they won’t get buried somewhere.

, Organizing Children’s Snacks, Joyful Homemaking

We keep frozen waffles in the door of the freezer for easy access, and this little bin in the fridge holds cheese sticks and yogurts in reach. Baby carrots and apples are kept low, and bananas are on the counter.

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So they are covered with their snack storage, and now I have an empty cabinet for pots and pans, which works for everyone, right?

, Organizing Children’s Snacks, Joyful Homemaking

Now I need to get busy…

, Organizing Children’s Snacks, Joyful Homemaking

Blessings, Margo

15 Comments

  1. Love the shoe organizer hanging on your pantry door!

    We used to have “the red basket” — very similar to your white basket. When the kids wanted a snack, they’d ask, “Can I have something from the red basket?” I agree that condensing everything and getting the packaging out to the recycling bin is great on storage space!

  2. I take everything out of those boxes and use baskets as well. Love your organizing tip of labeling them! The shoe organizer is a great idea as well! Enjoy your weekend!

  3. I’m a basket person, too. They’re just so handy and space-saving! Labeling is a great idea…I’ve gotta get me a label-maker.

  4. You are so clever, using the shoe bag for snacks. Snacks can be difficult to organize coming in so many shapes and sizes but you have done an awesome job. I especially like the fridge idea as things get lost in the great abyss of mine.

  5. I’m going to have to try this. The packaging is so flimsy that once you open it the pantry looks horrible anyway. I like the basket idea but my favorite is the over the door shoe holder for all those little things! Thank you for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  6. If I can take something out of its packaging, then I do because those boxes take up SO MUCH ROOM! Great idea.

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