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7 Ways To Organize A Small Pantry

No space? No problem! You can still squeeze in a pantry even in the smallest condo kitchens.

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Photography: Ian Magbanua & Paolo Feliciano (Main Photos)

Pantry, food storage, larder—whatever you call it, there’s usually not much space for it in our kitchens! Ideally, a pantry, which is a space where packaged or dry food, groceries, dishes, and other utensils are kept, should be in a floor-to-ceiling cabinet or in an entire room. But who has the space for that, especially in out small homes and condo units?  Here are some Instagram ideas that will inspire you to create your own mini-pantry at home!

Slide in, slide out

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One of the best alternatives to a floor-to-ceiling pantry is a slide-out pantry. If you're going to have one customized at modular kitchen makers, have them install wire organizers or shelves so that your food items and other paraphernalia can be accessed easily.

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Maximize a corner

The corners of cabinets are usually forgotten, but this designer made the best out of a tight space by making the pantry shelves wrap around the corners to accommodate plates and other dinnerware.

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Use door-hung wire racks

Don’t forget to use the back of the door of your cabinets! Hang wire organizers where you can store your bottled spices, dry vegetables, and canned food. You can buy wire organizers like these at most major home depots.

Occupy a dead space

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There is usually a very thin sliver of a space in between your refrigerator and the wall that just accumulates dust. This homeowner made the best out of that tiny space by having this pantry squeezed into that otherwise awkward area.

Use freestanding shelves 

If you don't have enough space for a pantry cabinet, you can use multi-tiered shelves to contain your condiments, vegetables, and small appliances while saving on precious countertop space. You could tap Neo-Craftsmiths Manila to make custom kitchen tables and shelves.

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Do a wheelie

Pullout pantries with wheels or casters are super-handy, because you can just drag your ingredients to where you’re prepping or cooking. You can also create one by asking your friendly manong to attach store-bought casters onto a freestanding island or side table.

No budget? Try plastic drawers

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For those of us don’t have the budget to have customized kitchen cabinets and wire organizers, affordable, freestanding plastic drawers can do, and could be bought anywhere from SM Home and Ace Hardware to Muji. Choose those that close tight to keep pests at bay, and opt for clear or translucent plastic so you can see what’s inside.

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