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5 Ways to Make the Most out of Your Pantry Space

5 Ways to Make the Most out of Your Pantry Space

Adequate pantry space is an issue that sometimes frustrates many home cooks. And if you don’t have enough space to hold all your supplies, your pantry can sometimes get disorganized and you may not always find the ingredients you need on hand when you’re about to cook.

Recently, I was in a friend’s kitchen and I was inspired by her own open pantry organization. Because of limited space, she had turned an Ikea Expedit shelf into extra pantry storage. She had artfully organized her canning surplus, large pots and pans, and more. It was a simple, attractive, and affordable solution! From there, I started to think of other ways that people who are low on kitchen storage could maximize their space. Prepare to expand your storeroom with these great ideas.

white Ikea shelf with cans and jars

    1. The Magic of Pull-out Racks

    Installing pull-out racks in nooks and crannies is a great way to get more storage. If there is a narrow space between a wall and an appliance or furniture, mount a rail on the wall where you can install a pull-out shelf for canned goods or condiments. Cans and bottles tend to take up a lot of space and storing them in unusual places is a clever way to make your pantry space-efficient.

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    Maximize a cubby hole’s vertical space by adding rails to the inside walls and using old trays that you can pull in and out of the shelf.

    Basket drawers in a light green cupboard

      If you think that attaching rails is too much work, you can simply place baskets inside cabinets. These baskets keep your supplies organized and they’re easy to pull out as well!

      2. Space-saving Wall Additions

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      Light blue spice rack with hooks on the side for hanging utensils

        Your storage spaces don’t have to stay on a single side of the room. Survey the area and look for walls where you can mount cabinets and shelves. Just make sure that the wall area you are aiming to use is accessible. Place it on a higher spot if you want it out of reach of your kids.

        White open shelves with jars and cooking utensils atop kitchen sink

          If you still have some space above your wall cabinets, stack shelves atop them as well. When you build up storage space, you’re making use of all the available surfaces you have in your pantry! Use open shelving as much as possible to utilize even the smallest of spaces, but make sure that all your supplies are organized.

          Another clever wall addition is recessed wall shelves. Unlike wall-mounted shelves, these storage spaces are less of an obstruction in a kitchen’s open space. If you want to give your pantry a stylish touch, display clear wine glasses or water goblets and highlight them with LED pin lights.

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          3. A New Purpose for Shelf Tops 

          Store rarely used items in places you wouldn’t normally access on regular days. The shelf top is a good place where you can keep extra utensils or plates, or your stash of baking supplies.

          Jars on shelf top with hooks for cooking utensils

            No matter how high your cupboard is, you can always find a use for the top. If this area is easily noticeable, display beautiful porcelain pitchers or nice-looking containers like mason jars when storing ingredients to add value to your home design.

            4. A Way Out of a Tight Corner

            Corners are often the most overlooked spaces in any home. And while they can be great areas to display home décor, they are even more remarkable when used efficiently.

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            Take your organizing skills a notch higher by occupying these angular spots with corner cupboards. These storage spaces also lessen the awkward sight of extra wall space when cabinets are shorter than the wall’s length.

            You can also use other available areas in your home like the cupboard under the stairs. Evaluate if the items you’re keeping in it can be disposed of or given away, then utilize it as extra space for food storage. Install shelves in it, or place an old rolling kitchen tray stocked with goods inside the cupboard!

            5. Hooked and Organized Cupboard Doors

            Hooks on doors make wonders. Commonly done on bedroom doors, this space-saving tactic can be used to help you organize and hang anything on your cupboard door, from tongs and can openers to small pans and chopping boards. By utilizing the back of cabinet doors, you can minimize unsightly kitchen clutter, at the same time make the most of your pantry space.

            With any of these space-saving ideas, you can start making room for more kitchen items in the future. Don’t be afraid to think up of clever ideas to make the most of your pantry space!

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            Last Updated on December 2, 2018

            How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

            How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

            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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