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10 Awesome Hacks To Help You Store Much More At Pantry

10 Awesome Hacks To Help You Store Much More At Pantry

If you are lucky enough to have a pantry then you’re going to want to continue reading for ideas on how to maximize storage. The key to a functional pantry is organization and simple solutions for better visibility of all items at all times. Even if you don’t have a pantry you can still use these ideas in your kitchen for better storage as well.

1. Utilize the back of the Door

Install a spice rack on the back of your pantry door

    The back of your pantry door is an untapped real estate gold mine for storage space. Install a spice rack onto the door. If you’re handy you can even make one yourself.

    2. Use Stacked Shelving

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    Use stacked shelving to see your cans better in the pantry.

      These stacked shelves can be used to store canned goods. This gives you a better view of what you have at all times in your pantry. These shelves can be found at most hardware stores such as Lowe’s and Canadian Tire.

      3. Remove items from boxes and place them in wire Baskets

      Remove food from the boxes they came in and place them in plastic bags in baskets. This saves major space in your pantry. Pairing items that are alike keeps things neat and easy to find.

        Remove food items from the boxes they came in and place them in plastic bags (or use the ones they came in) in baskets. Place the bags in wire baskets so that they are easy to spot without having to dig. This saves major space in your pantry. Pairing items that are alike keeps things neat and easy to find.

        4. Use under-shelf Racks

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        Using as much empty space as possible in the pantry by placing under-shelf racks.

          Another untapped space in your pantry is under the shelves. Install these under-shelf racks to house your more sensitive items. Think of the items you usually put on the top of your grocery bags such as bread.

          5. Use Risers

          Use risers in your pantry to save space

            Another way to utilize the space under your shelves is to use risers. They are relatively inexpensive and provide so much more space for storage.

            6. Use Tension rods as Dividers

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            Use tension rods to organize lids, cutting boards and cookie sheets

              You can use tension rods to create dividers in your pantry for big flat items such as pot lids, cutting boards or baking sheets. You can also use a file organizer too.

              7. Put Lazy Susans in the Corners of your Shelves

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                Corners, another untapped real estate pantry goldmine. Items can get forgotten so easily in the back of corners. Why not install lazy susans so you access and view all your items easily, even in the dark reaches of the corners.

                8. Use Pocket Organizers for Small Snacks

                Use a wall pocket organizer to store small snacks

                  Hang a wall pocket organizer or a shoe organizer on the door to store small snacks. This makes it easier for kids to grab snacks on the go and pack lunches.

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                  9. Use Laundry bags for Potatoes and Onions
                  Hang mesh laundry bags in your pantry for onions, potatoes and garlic

                    You can find inexpensive laundry mesh bags at Walmart or Dollarama. Hang these in your pantry to store produce that requires ventilation such as potatoes, onions and garlic. The see through material makes it easy to see if your supply is low or not.

                    10. Use Magazine Racks for Storage

                    Use a magazine rack to store cans

                      Attach a simple magazine rack to the back of your cupboard or pantry door to organize foils and clingwraps.

                        Magazine racks can be used to store cans for easy dispensing as well as corraling cling wraps, aluminum foils and parchment paper. You can find these anywhere they sell office supplies.

                        Featured photo credit: Pantry/ Chispita_666 via flickr.com

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                        Last Updated on December 2, 2018

                        How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

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                        Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                        The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                        The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                        Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                        Review Your Past Flow

                        Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                        Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                        Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                        Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                        Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                        Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                        Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                        We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                        Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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