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Pantry Shelving - 9 Ways To Get Organized

Aug 19, 2008
Chances are you'd love to save money by shopping at one of warehouse clubs, but since you have to buy items in bulk, you might not think you have enough storage space available. Perhaps you just need to get your pantry organized. And adding pantry shelving just might free up the space you need.

No matter how big your home is or how small your studio apartment, you can increase your storage capacity by doing your shelving properly. The key here is to use all your available space wisely.

Certainly organizing things such as small bottles, canned food, and even large juice containers presents a challenge. And the first step to meeting this challenge is with the use of proper shelving.

There are several things you should consider to get the job done right.

1) The first thing to consider is using door and wall racks. You'll need a door that swings open for this and not a sliding door. Use these racks as the perfect area for small items. Spices, small baking items, those little envelope mixes and other smaller items will fit perfectly.

2) If you need a place to store things like paper plates, china or hand towels, under shelf baskets work great. Simply slide one under an existing shelf. And if your shelves are already set wide apart, these are even better.

3) Many people get good use out of their existing space by using stacking shelves. And the good news is that they are available in a variety of heights and lengths to fit most any area. Stack them up and put your canned foods on them.

4) This one is not for everyone, but if you drink wine or some other bottled item, you can create space by using a portable wine rack. You just need to make sure you have the space available to place it.

5) A D-shaped shelf will work great in oddly shaped cabinets in the pantry. They are a great place to store things like cake mix boxes or canned good. And they make the items easy to get to since they all turn independently.

6) Gravity feed racks are another great way to store canned items, especially if you typically have a lot of cans of the same item. The rack stands upright. You put the cans in on top, and when you need one, take it from the bottom. The others fall right into place.

7) Tier organizers are great for storing small items like spices.

8) Pull out shelves make it easy to reach items in the back. Put these into a cabinet or on an existing shelf. You'll save a lot of space, plus it will be easy to get to something in the back. Just pull out the shelf, take your item, and push it back in when you are done.

9) Finally, turntables or a lazy susan will fit into many different sized spaces. They simply turn in a circle, which allows you to use all the space and easily reach something in the back by just spinning the turntable around.

Getting organized isn't as difficult as it seems, and your shelving can be attractive as well as functional. Get creative, find what works best and looks best, and you'll get the most out of your investment and available space.
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To read more about pantry shelving go to shelving-resource.com, a website created to help you organize your life. You'll discover info on all kinds of home shelving and get tips for buying used shelving also.
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