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  • Taylor Tomanka

I’m so, so excited about this next installment of the Extra’s Organization + Cleaning Series: Small Pantry Organization + Storage.


So, long story short - our pantry is honestly non-existent. We live in an apartment that is big on room size, but smallll on kitchen size. I’m talking like New York City-sized kitchen size. I had quite the challenge ahead of me figuring out where to put groceries and all of our wedding stuff that we received.


With the help of Chef’s Path products, I’ve finally got everything in our pantry and kitchen cabinets put away.


I’m SO pleased with the results - take a look at how it turned out!



As you can see - my tiny apartment (fingers crossed for moving cities soon!) has an even tinier kitchen, which has made cooking and living a bit taxing until I actually spent some time thinking about how to improve the efficiency of the small space and little to no storage room. I think I've come up with some pretty good hacks - here are some of my top tips:





Top Tips + Hacks for a Small Pantry


1. Add Extra Storage Units

The first thing we did when we moved in, was purchased these two storage units. We've had them for years and they have really been great investments. I found some for literally a fraction of the price that we paid - don't worry it's all linked below!






2. Stock the Pantry Full of Clear Bins + Containers

I used Chef's Path products to stock my pantry full of clear acrylic containers for most all of my food storage needs. Everything else is linked. There was even enough in the 12 count pack of the air-tight containers to leave some left over for my baking cabinets! This pack of acrylic containers is so affordable too - 12 pieces for under $50!



My FAVORITE part about the sets however, are that they come with chalkboard label stickers and a chalkboard marker to label everything as well as measuring cups that double as scoops for the containers. I love that they're see through so I can see what's inside. It also makes the space look a lot bigger than it actually is.


I also love these (they come in a two-pack!) cereal boxes - they'll also be great for keeping chips crisp and uncrushed. They even have pour spouts on the lids. Just FYI - they fit a box-and-a-half of the big cereal boxes or almost two full bags of chips!! They're pretty huge. Very clutch.



I also got these Wayfair glass jars to mix it up a bit. I really liked that they come in a three pack with three varying sizes too - and right now they're 40% off!



There were even enough labels for me to add them to my circular containers and I added those to the tops.



My favorite thing may be the Oreos stacked up!



3. Vertical Can Storage

This vertical storage is incredibly helpful for putting away cans and keeping them in an organized manner. You can see from the photo that you can fit a large can as well as a regular size can on this storage unit.


4. Lazy Susans

This Lazy Susans makes finding different spices a breeze - and you can see this is a pretty tiny space. It really does help the space and keep it all organized. I used to have a stair step up here (seen below with my mugs!) and the spices kept falling over, or Martin wouldn't put the tallest ones back in the very back, etc. It was just a mess. This lazy Susan however is great and I love how its clear all the way around so even the small spices are seen.





I love love love these glass bottles with gold stoppers from Rail19 and these gold spout pourers are from Amazon. We got glass oil and vinegar bottles when we got married, but the spouts had gotten pretty dingy and gross. I replaced them (and I did a Reel on it here - check it out!) with the gold spout pourers and viola! They're brand new looking and match my other gold accented pourers.



5. Go High

Like in my Closet reveal with my hats, its easy to go high and put some storage shelving on the wall in your kitchen. I also added this shelf addition for all of our new microfiber towels.


We've made the decision that we need to produce a little bit less waste and try and live a little cleaner. Making the jump from paper towels (which we're ridiculous about) to these microfiber towels has actually been super easy because I love, love, love them!



6. Use Hooks

I also have my pots and pans hanging up on hooks on our storage unit and have been hanging these copper mule mugs here since we got married.


Below is just how I've organized the rest of our pantry and kitchen - its so tiny, but at least it looks tidy and clean!







Pro Tip: Use Labels for your cabinets to let your partner (or your maid) know where certain things go. Believe me - they'll never learn on their own.













Shop my pantry hacks and finds below!



SHOP MY PANTRY + KITCHEN HERE:







c/o Chef’s Path: 12 Count Sealed Container Set


This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links, but - don't worry! All opinions are my own. :)



If you have any questions feel free to shoot me an email at trtomanka@gmail.com or drop a comment below!






  • Taylor Tomanka

I adore holidays - even the fake and commercialized ones. Holidays are a time to connect and in a time where we're not getting enough of just that - connection and intimacy - Galentines Day is another great excuse to have a #covidfriendly get together.


Recently, I won a silo rental at a local winery called the Mill, which used to be a working grain silo and now they use the original silo tops as pagodas. I reached out to one of my best friends, Amanda, who is legit a real life Martha Stewart in Loubs, to help plan a fun girls-only party with some friends we haven't seen in well...quite some time.


So, we busted out our best covid-safety skills and made this as sick-free as possible:

  • We invited 8 people (not everyone came) so that, including Amanda and I, we would always be at 10 or under.

  • We hosted at a facility that is (where we were) fully outdoors and required masks if you got up from your seat or walked around.

  • We rimmed the silo with chairs rather than having tables and chairs grouped together and in close proximity to each other. This way, each person was able to sit with a seat in between each person.

  • Everyone arrived and left with masks and were persons we felt had been respecting the covid/mask rules during quarantine.

We did everything we could think of to make the event as safe as humanly possible.


Amanda and I - the Hostesses




And because you can't have an event without decorations and favors - and also because both of us have been ITCHING to host something - I've got some fun favors and Galentines day decor to show off.

Our Favors included:

  • Relaxcation Heart-Shaped Bath Bombs

  • Face Mask

  • Heart-Shaped Eye Masks

  • Pink Diamond Topped Pen


We split the cost of the decor and favors too, if you were wondering - but Amanda definitely worked harder than I did on the heart-shaped macaroons on top of the red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting - all homemade. Meanwhile, everything I did included purchasing something.


Hearts and pink pendant punches are Cami Monet, and my leopard monogrammed tray and pink paper ginger jar placemats are TaylorBeachDesign.


We also had champagne and appetizers ready for guests (with plates and napkins for everyone to take to their seat) and each guest kept track of their champagne glass the whole night.


We had a great time and were all home early!


You can scroll through the details of our Galentines Day below!

























SHOP DECORATIONS HERE:






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If you have any questions feel free to shoot me an email at trtomanka@gmail.com or drop a comment below!



  • Taylor Tomanka

Anyone that’s been following me for any amount of time, knows that I love my grandmother more than words can say. I know, you’re thinking, “doesn’t everyone love their grandmother that much?” But, no. Mine was my babysitter for my entire childhood. I literally have never had a babysitter other than my grandparents (let’s be real, my Gran).


My parents were fairly young when they had me, 27, and they had a standing date night each Friday night. I spent these Friday nights at my grandparents every weekend. When I got older and played competitive soccer, they traveled all around the United States watching me play. Even in college, they came up to Indiana to watch me play division 1 soccer. Needless to say, I spent many a night, day, weekend… weeks with them and my Gran is especially dear to my heart.


When my gran was in her forties, we almost lost her for the first time to breast cancer. I say the first, because she was later diagnosed with skin cancer too, though that case wasn’t as serious as the breast cancer scare. After having a lumpectomy, going through months and months of radiation, and being cleared for breast cancer - she was diagnosed with skin cancer. But, she beat that too. I understand all too well that I could have lost her at any of these points in time - I lost my other (paternal) grandmother to pancreatic cancer when I was just 11.


My Gran turned 80 in January and I wanted to give her something special to honor her and her battles that she faced and most importantly overcame. As if it were meant to be, the same week I started looking for a birthday present, I stumbled upon Luca + Danni on Instagram. Luca + Danni not only has stunning jewelry, but what struck me is that they also give back in major ways. Founded in 2013, when his younger brother Danny died at 33 from cancer, the company gives back to cancer research under its L + D Cares division. This really struck a chord with me due to my family's health history, so I reached out. Luca + Danni are true to their mission and have such gracious hearts. To say I've been converted into a loyal customer is an understatement.


If you read one of my first posts on accessories and why I like bauble-type jewelry (you can still read it here!), you'll realize its because I grew up playing with my grandmother's baubles. Luca + Danni remind me of those baubles I played with as a child.


The team at Luca + Danni were kind enough to gift me these three gorgeous bracelets for her birthday present and I am so thankful!! She was quite overwhelmed when she opened the package - I had to mail these to her due to living three hours away and COVID. While the vaccine is being disseminated, neither one of us are prepared to come into contact until we've both had our vaccines and have been cleared. For Christmas everyone in my family got tested for COVID the day before - we've been so careful, there's no use in getting it now!


I chose this specific bracelet stack for one very important reason: five dollars ($5.00) from the sale of each of the Mini Hudson Bangle Bracelet in Pink Ombre is donated to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. [Wanna give back MORE? This Stack gives back up to $15!] The other two bracelets in this stack are the Baroque Crystal Pearl Bangle Bracelet and the Dylan Bangle Bracelet in Vintage Rose. You can always mix and match your own at Luca + Danni, but they also have pre-selected sets that go together perfectly if you can’t decide which gorgeous bracelet to put with the next!

I had to mail my Gran her present due to COVID - while the vaccine is being disseminated, neither one of us are prepared to come into contact until we've both had our vaccines and have been cleared. For Christmas everyone in my family got tested for COVID the day before - we've been so careful, there's no use in getting it now!


The bangles I picked for my Gran are:

  • Mini Hudson Bangle Bracelet in Pink Ombre - Each piece features pink ombre Swarovski® crystals (baguette crystals in Light Rose, Rose + Crystal with hanging ribbon charm) and a dangling ribbon charm and $5 from the sale of each of these bangles is donated to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.

  • Baroque Crystal Pearl Bangle Bracelet - This bracelet comes with Baroque Swarovski® crystal pearls, which are larger and rougher than your average pearl.

  • Dylan Bangle Bracelet in Vintage Rose - This bracelet is a simple bangle with a pink (vintage rose) gemstone, capping off the breast cancer themed stack I created to honor my gran.


I also got my own stack so that my Gran and I will always have a reminder of how much and how deeply I love her!



To say that my Gran is an inspiration and pillar of strength to me is to vastly underestimate her impact on me and my life. She is so full of grace, love and compassion; I would truly be honored if I turned out to be half the woman she is. My Gran had no idea that this was coming, so she was quite surprised and a bit overwhelmed! But, needless to say she was very grateful and thankful for the gift that keeps on giving.


What did you think? Leave me a comment below or feel free to email me at trtomanka@gmail.com!




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Bracelet Stacks c/o Luca + Danni


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