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While not everyone wants to go all in on labeled glass jars, there are some helpful takeaways that can be put to work in any pantry. For example, using baskets to contain large collections, increasing visibility with risers and lighting, or thinking outside the pantry to use cabinets or drawers for food storage.
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Everything is easier to access when you can spin it around. Lesser-used items that might otherwise get buried in the back can be easily rediscovered on a spinning lazy Susan.
Pantry Tetris isn’t a fun game. Using similarly sized labeled glass jars can make it easier for you to fit more of what you use most in your pantry. Plus, see-through jars make it easy to identify what’s inside even without labels.
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Baskets are a classic organizing solution, and they can be useful in pantries, too. Corral large produce collections such as apples and potatoes and keep canned goods, baking supplies, and snacks all in handy, but separate, baskets.
Deep pantries mean some foods end up pushed to the back and sometimes forgotten. But if you install drawers? It’s much easier to pull them out and see the full selection.
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Make it easy to see items in the back with stacked risers, which allow you to place items like cans or spices behind each other without losing visibility. Just be careful in how you stack them, as putting tall items up front can defeat the purpose.
Clear storage makes it easier to keep like items together and know at a glance what’s in your pantry. It also offers a much less cluttered look than boxes or bags, and can add structure to items that would otherwise need to lay flat, like bags of beans and rice.
Herbs and spices may be easier to find if they’re in glass jars. Just don’t forget to label them so you know what you’re working with. And of course, make sure storage containers are airtight so they stay fresh.
Not everyone has a full pantry space to work with, but organization can make managing a cabinet pantry easier. Consider how you can use containers to maximize space and hang utensils and tools on the doors.
Out of spice cabinet space? Repurpose a shallow drawer where you can lay herbs and spices on their sides.
Putting wallpaper or a backsplash in your pantry can add some life and interest. Flowers, wooden shelves, and more offer a style upgrade to what may otherwise be a simply functional space.
Adding bright lighting to your pantry increases visibility so you can more easily find what you’re looking for. If your pantry is short on lighting and you’re hesitant to bring in an electrician, consider stick-up lighting that can be easily added and even set to sense motion and turn on when you open the door.
Find yourself constantly using a step stool to reach top shelf items? It might be time to invest in a pantry ladder.