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Most people have been spending more time at home in 2020 than in years past, and certain projects around the house have become a priority. 

One home improvement idea that serves the double benefit of creating organization and making cooking at home more efficient is reimagining the kitchen pantry. Pantries can be highly useful spaces that provide ancillary storage in kitchens. Many modern homes are equipped with pantries, but older homes may require some modification to create more useful storage spaces. 

Whether starting from scratch or modifying an existing pantry, these tips can help projects go more smoothly.

MAXIMIZE VERTICAL STORAGE

Utilizing vertical areas can help increase storage capacity. Build in extra nooks by investing in under-shelf storage baskets. These baskets can instantly create designated areas for different types of ingredients. Homeowners also can look for ways to use the inside of cabinet doors or add extra shelves on walls or in eaves.

CONSIDER YOUR NEEDS

Figure out which items you would like to store in the pantry and then shop for corresponding storage systems. For example, storage solutions may feature wine bottle racks, baskets for potatoes and other produce, shelving for small appliances, and even pull-out racks for baking pans or cutting boards.

USE CLEAR STORAGE

Put ingredients in clear, airtight containers of similar dimensions so that you can easily find items you need. Transfer bulky items such as cereal and baking supplies to storage containers for uniformity. 

STORE BULK ELSEWHERE 

Bulk shopping can be cost-efficient, but bulk items can quickly eat up real estate in the pantry. Designate another area such as a garage or utility room for nonperishable bulk products.

CONVENIENT PULL-OUT DRAWERS 

Pull-out drawers can reduce the need to seek and reach for items. These drawers conveniently roll out so items in the back can be accessed without disturbing foods in the front. Drawers can be custom built for any pantry space.

MAKE IT ACCESSIBLE

Think about who will be taking items from the pantry. Put children’s snacks on the bottom pantry shelf where they can reach them, and then organize other shelves for adults in the home.

-Metro Creative Connection

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