Hi fellow hounds,
I'm hoping you can help me out. I currently rent so there aren't many options for me in terms of storage. I've outgrown my pantry and have absolutely no space to put anything. I've tried organizing it multiple ways to maximize space, and have currently settled on a plastic handled pull-out bin system. But, I need suggestions on how I can either reorganize the space or retool it so that I can fit more than one or two extra cans of goods. I also would like to start canning in the summer and need space.
The door to the pantry is only 8 inches wide, with actual shelf space of 12.5 inches wide. So I can't do rolling shelf inserts because it won't fit through the 8 inch door. The pantry itself is 18 inches deep, but the shelves are only 13 inches deep (previous tenants installed the system and I kept it).
My other cabinets are used by all my cookware, dishware, bakeware, storageware. I've pared down as much as possible; I can't sacrifice any of that space for a pantry. I don't have wall space so I can't install shelving. I don't have much space at all. My counter space to prep food is only 18 inches wide. I don't have space for a rolling/portable island.
Any suggestions as to how I might be able to maximize space for my pantry?
The only solutions I can think of are:
1. Increase the size of the shelves to 16-17 inches deep (providing there are brackets that length) which would give me 3-4 extra inches depth on each shelf
2. Buy an external metal standalone shelving unit that won't fit in the kitchen area, but I'll place in the dining area. It might look a bit messy and out of place.
I'm attaching pictures so you can get an idea of the limitations. Any and all suggestions are welcome. I'm just so fed up with the pantry's small size that I'm willing to try anything.
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