Pantry and Pantry Door Organizers

Organizing your kitchen starts with a great pantry.
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6. Utilize the Doors. If you have doors on your pantry, hang organizers specifically designed for them. Canned goods, spices, oils and jars easily fit inside the organizers. 7. Make a Kid-Friendly Spot. Fill a bottom shelf with snacks so kids can put away their own groceries and easily grab a snack on their own. 8. Use Extra Wall Space. Use wall space if you have it. Command hooks are great for storing reusable shopping bags, or put bags in a bag dispenser. 9. Lay Plastic Shelf Liners. Shelf liners prevent food from falling through wire shelving and boxes from tipping over. 10. Keep It Up. Your pantry can get disorganized after time. Twice a month make sure everything is clean and in its place, so you don't have to spend hours organizing it again.

When it comes to having a well-organized pantry, making every bit of space count is the key to maximum efficiency, and there's a lot you can do with pantry and pantry door organizers.

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A Kitchen Organizational Nightmare

Kenna MacKinnon buys everything in bulk. With four kids younger than 12, it's the only way she knows she'll have what she needs when she needs it. So when the MacKinnons moved to a house in Oak Park, Ill., that came with a sad excuse for a kitchen — a cramped layout, limited storage — a makeover was a must. It didn't require a gut job, just some smart reconfiguring by designer Rebekah Zaveloff (KitchenLab,

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"Welcome to Central Command"

The back wall once housed a chimney and staircase, which came out to make way for a built-in pantry, side-by-side fridge and freezer, additional counter space and more cabinets. The island is set up so Kenna can see the kids in the backyard or the den as she preps. The dishwasher, housed in the island, backs up to the cabinets where plates and bowls are kept for easy unloading.

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"Now There's Room for Kids!"

The original kitchen layout left little space for cooking, let alone playing (and, as Kenna knows, kids always want to be where the action is). So seats at the island and floor space for toys were at the top of her list.

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"I Saved Money by Mixing Styles"

During the reno, Rebekah encouraged the MacKinnons to keep what they could. That included the cherry cabinets, subway tile, range and hood. They added off-white cabinets on the facing wall, and they painted the island a stone-gray color (Arctic Shadows by Benjamin Moore). The speckly white granite countertops tie all of the cabinet looks together. For the new backsplash across the room, Rebekah chose white glazed mosaic tiles. It goes with the old look but isn't matchy-matchy.

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"My Very Own Coffee Bar!"

Open shelves over the single-shot coffeemaker hold canisters with all the fixins. Mugs hang from S hooks, and a microwave drawer lives below the countertop for quick reheats of morning joe.

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"My Smart Move: Easy-to-Reach Supplies"

Yes, she has plenty of storage, but grabbing everyday pots and pans from a hanging rack is easier than digging through dark cabinets. The rolling console below it holds more daily-use items. "I can also set it up as a bar for parties," says Kenna. "It's nice to have things that can be adapted as we need them."

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"My Superstar: An Organized Pantry"

The floor-to-ceiling, 40-inch-wide pantry outfitted with shelves and drawers is large enough to store all those bulk-purchased goods. Bonus: The pantry is right next to the island, where the kids sit for afternoon snacks, so it helps them help themselves. The refrigerator-style hinges all around the kitchen are a special touch. Kenna added a latch detail to the outside of the pantry because it reminded her of an icebox she had growing up.

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Whether you have a small two-cabinet pantry or a full walk-in closet, you don't want to forget to utilize the space your pantry door provides. From hanging racks to built-in shelves, organizing your pantry door will make grabbing those frequently used items so quick and easy, you'll wonder why you didn't think of it before.

You have a lot to choose from with hanging racks. They come in a variety of styles and sizes and simply hang over the top part of the door so they lay flat against the inside of the door, ready to be filled. They can be made of wire, plastic or wood, consisting of multiple shallow shelves or nifty little pockets. If you aren't the do-it-yourself type, this is a great option for you. You can pick up the perfect rack for your needs at any store that sells home and kitchen supplies; then, take it home and simply hang it. It's an easy, inexpensive, no-hassle solution for instant extra storage in your kitchen.

Built-in shelves are a great option for you if you want something more permanent and longer lasting. You'll have all the convenience of the hanging racks, plus added value to your home. Built-in shallow shelves on the inside of the pantry cabinet doors work really well to organize your spices, cans, jars and bottles for easy access. You can have just one set of shelves on the door or multiple layers of shelves that open one after another, expanding and collapsing in on each other. Essentially, it's like having a pantry door that leads to many pantry doors.

Also, when organizing your pantry door, be sure to have one that blends well with your other cabinets. You can achieve this with simple refacing, painting or replacing it with a whole new door. Refacing your pantry door is the process of laying a new "face" over the old one, giving it a whole new look. The color can be matched in most cases, and the wood type can instantly change. If all your pantry door needs is a new coat of paint to match the rest of your kitchen, this is a fun option for you. Replacing the door is a bit more expensive, but well worth it to make it blend. Whatever option you choose, making your pantry door compatible with the style, tone and color scheme of the rest of your kitchen is the perfect finishing touch to make your pantry not only functional, but aesthetically pleasing so your entire kitchen really shines.

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