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10 Awesome Hacks To Help You Store Much More At Pantry

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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.

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                        Featured photo credit: Pantry/ Chispita_666 via flickr.com

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                        Last Updated on November 22, 2021

                        Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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                        Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

                        Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

                        During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

                        But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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                        Simplify

                        I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

                        Absolutely.

                        And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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                        If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

                        • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
                        • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
                        • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

                        Be Mindful

                        You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

                        Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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                        Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

                        Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

                        Reflect

                        As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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                        Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

                        But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

                        So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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