The Guardian (Charlottetown)

Simple ways to improve a kitchen pantry

- METRO CREATIVE

People have been spending more time at home in 2020 than in years past, and certain projects around the house have become a priority. One home improvemen­t idea that serves the double benefit of creating organizati­on and making cooking at home more efficient is to reimagine the kitchen pantry.

A pantry is a room or closet where food, beverages and linens or dishes are stored. Pantries can be highly useful spaces that provide ancillary storage in kitchens. Many modern homes are equipped with pantries, but older homes may require some modificati­on to create more useful pantries. Whether starting from scratch or modifying an existing pantry, these tips can help projects go more smoothly. Maximize vertical storage Utilizing vertical areas can help increase storage capacity. Build in extra nooks by investing in undershelf storage baskets. These baskets can instantly create designated areas for different types of ingredient­s. Homeowners also can look for ways to use the inside of cabinet doors or add extra shelves on walls or in eaves.

Consider your needs Figure out which items you would like to store in the pantry and then shop for correspond­ing storage systems. For example, storage solutions may feature wine bottle racks, baskets for potatoes and other produce, shelving for small appliances, and even pull out racks for baking pans or cutting boards.

Use clear storage

Put ingredient­s in clear, airtight containers of similar dimensions so that you can easily find items you need. Transfer bulky items, like cereals and baking supplies, to storage containers for uniformity.

Store bulk items elsewhere Bulk shopping can be costeffici­ent, but bulk items can quickly eat up real estate in the pantry. Designate another area for non-perishable bulk products, like paper goods or canned items, such as in a garage or utility room.

Pull out drawers are convenient

Pull-out drawers can reduce the need to seek and reach for items. These drawers convenient­ly roll out so items in the back can be accessed without disturbing foods in the front. Drawers can be custom built for any pantry space. Make it accessible Think about who will be taking items from the pantry. Put children’s snacks on the bottom pantry shelf where they can reach them, and then organize other shelves for adults in the home.

 ?? METRO CREATIVE ?? A pantry remodel can add valuable storage space and make one of the busiest rooms in the house operate more efficientl­y.
METRO CREATIVE A pantry remodel can add valuable storage space and make one of the busiest rooms in the house operate more efficientl­y.

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