In a perfect world, every home would come with a large walk-in kitchen pantry with tons of storage space. If you're fortunate to have a large walk-in pantry, maximizing your available shelving and creating separate dedicated storage areas for dry goods, grab-and-go snacks, cookbooks, and serving pieces is the best way to make the most of your pantry.
Clear, air-tight storage containers extend the shelf life of dried goods while helping to keep items uniform, organized, and easy to find at a glance.
Even if you don't have a large walk-in pantry, you can get the same look by using any open shelving you have in your kitchen. Whether you have existing built-in shelving or can incorporate a large bookshelf along an available wall, you can dress up the space you have with large, pretty wicker baskets to store pantry items.
Wire bins on shelves are a great way to store canned goods, and wood chalkboard tags make a fun and efficient way to label baskets for quick identification.
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If you don't have an area in the kitchen to create pantry storage, consider the possibility of carving out pantry space by creating a dual-purpose pantry with another storage area near your kitchen. For instance, do you have a closet, mudroom, or laundry room near your kitchen? Add more shelving to convert it into a dual-purpose pantry.
Another small-space solution is to transform existing cabinet storage into a well-organized pantry by adding pullout drawers. Most big-box home improvement stores like Lowe's and The Home Depot now offer pullout shelving for cabinets and custom pantry storage accessories that makes it easy to convert a cabinet into a built-in pantry.
To make up for a lack of pantry space, consider adding a freestanding cabinet such as an armoire or even a media cabinet to your kitchen for more storage. Such cabinets can easily be painted to match your existing kitchen colors, and if you move, your free-standing pantry can move with you!
Making a space to store specialized pantry items in your cabinets is a great way to free up space in your existing pantry. For instance, if you do a lot of baking, why not create a dedicated baking cabinet? By pulling the baking supplies out of your pantry storage, you not only make more room in your pantry for other items, but you also create a convenient, one-stop spot for all your baking supplies.
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