How to Tame Your New Pantry

One of life’s residential truisms is that too much storage space is never enough.

Closets, drawers and garages get crammed full of current, former and forgotten items, and the search for them can resemble a volcanic eruption.

But, there are innumerable ways to tame the storage beast, especially in the kitchen. If you’re building a new custom Florida home or thinking about it, your kitchen pantry is one area that can, and should be, designed to control the chaos.

Don’t fall into the trap of tossing everything in there when you move and think you’ll figure it out later! Moving is hectic enough. That first stock-the-pantry trip to the grocery store shouldn’t devolve to a where-do-we-put-this conversation once you’re back home.

Here are our tips — many of which you can plan ahead — for how to tame your new pantry.

Corral it

Use containers to tame the mass. Think baskets, lazy susans and bins of all sizes and shapes.

First, measure your new pantry shelves and note those dimensions. Then, think how you or household members use the pantry. Quick pull-out bins containing different kinds of, say, canned soup, saves cooking time and mental space.

Try glass jars for

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