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by Cristin Bisbee Priest

As a mother of two young children, Cristin understands the desire for a home to be functional, yet beautiful. Blending the two disciplines of home organization and interior design resonated with her and thus Simplified Bee® was born. She believes that surrounding yourself with lovely, organized spaces reduces stress, makes you happier, and inspires healthier living.

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  • Kitchen pantries come in all shapes and sizes. I dream of one day having a large walk-in pantry, but for now I am making due with a simple cabinet. No matter the size (or lack of it), every kitchen needs a designated pantry space and, because of its high frequency of use, why not make it organized, functional, and pretty? Here are some simple solutions to help you organize your pantry in an orderly, yet beautiful way:
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    1.  Corral the clutter

    Baskets and bins are terrific for adding color, pattern, and texture in a space, in addition to corralling items and controlling visual clutter. They look beautiful in kitchen pantries too. Snacks, can goods, and certain fruits or vegetables are great items to store in baskets or bins. To save time and money (and your sanity), measure your shelves before buying!

  • 2. Get Clear 

    Streamline your pantry's look even further by transferring dry goods such as pasta, cereal, and baking supplies into airtight, clear containers. This is also a simple way to reduce visual clutter while adding a fresh look. Some containers can be stacked to maximize space. Cut out any important information from the package including instructions and expiration dates and tape to the outside bottom or back of the container. If you opt for plastic containers, buy BPA (Bisphenol) free containers. BPA is a chemical in many polycarbonate plastics that may breakdown and add harmful chemicals to food. Avoid types 3 and 7 plastics because they may contain BPA.

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    3. Add Color

    Color is a great way to unite a kitchen and an adjacent pantry. In the kitchen above, the pantry's shelves are painted the same color as the kitchen's cabinets (by the way -- I love this pantry!). For walk-in pantries, painting the floor or ceiling may be a whimsical way to incorporate color into the space. In addition to paint, colorful or patterned wallpaper is another option for lining pantry walls or shelves.

  • 4.  Get Creative

    The backs of cabinet and pantry doors shouldn't be overlooked and can be a clever way to increase storage. If you have enough clearance, a rack for smaller items such as spices, teas, and smaller baking supplies is a neat addition to a pantry door.

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    I also love this magnetic message board that was adhered to the back of a cabinet door. Such a clever space-saver! It's perfect for hanging shopping lists, spice canisters, and photos.

  • Have you organized your pantry? If so, what tips do you have for keeping it beautifully organized?

    - Cristin
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