5 Ways to Organize Your Kitchen Pantry

Try these smart organization tips to make your kitchen pantry as beautiful -- and useful -- as any other room in your house.

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1. Add Instant Messaging

If your household schedules need as much organizing as your dry goods, consider turning the pantry into a full-scale message center. We painted this pantry door's top panel with chalkboard paint to keep notes easily visible.

2. Make a Great Entrance

Show off a kitchen pantry by fitting it with an eye-catching exterior door, perhaps painted in a bright color, like the screen door above. But remember: If the interior will be on view, you'll want to keep the contents looking picture perfect.

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3. Create Sliding Drawers

No room for a dedicated pantry? Cabinet manufacturers offer slide-out units that fit into standard base-cabinet openings, or gaps between cabinets. This pantry, from Kraftmaid, is just nine inches wide.

4. Try a Floor-to-Ceiling Pantry Cabinet

Floor-to-ceiling slide-out pantries offer great stow-away potential. This custom pantry makes the most of a wall return alongside a new refrigerator. The lowest shelves are for kid-friendly foods.

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5. Install Smart Shelving

If your pantry's shelves are out in the open, corral your spices and dry goods in transparent, labeled containers. Miscellaneous supplies and kitchen tools can live in pretty lined wicker baskets. Remember: If you can see what's on your shelves, you'll be more likely to use it!

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