20 Clever Pantry Closet Ideas

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If you're fortunate enough to have a large closet pantry in your home, you'll want to make the most of this valuable storage space. After all, just because you have room to store all of your go to snacks and ingredients doesn't mean that your pantry will magically organize itself.

We've rounded up 20 inspiring pantry closets that you'll want to look to as you consider the best way to streamline your own space. Read on for valuable storage and organization hacks that will make your life at home way easier and more aesthetically pleasing, all while keeping function top of mind.

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    Say Bye-Bye to Packaging

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    @thehomeorganized / Instagram

    Take canned and bottled drinks out of their boxes or plastic packaging and place them on your bottom pantry shelf as an easy grab and go option. Arranging everything by size and color will help you easily keep track of what you have on hand and what you need to replenish.

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    Use Those Lazy Susans

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    @joanna_organize / Instagram

    Using lazy susans where possible makes it easy to find that spice or flavoring you need without wasting any space. Don't be afraid to grab a few for your pantry closet.

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    Get Creative With Your Home's Layout

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    Note that if you don't have a designated pantry closet in your space, you can still get creative with your home's layout and create an area that serves your needs. The pantry above was actually set up in a laundry room, believe it or not!

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    Make a Splash With Peppy Wallpaper

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    @karine.beaumont.basementgym / Instagram

    You use wallpaper all throughout the rest of your home, so why not incorporate it in your pantry, too? Opting for a peppy print that brings a smile to your face will make even the most mundane chores, like packing school lunches or putting away groceries, feel a bit more fun.

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    Label, Label, Label

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    @joanna_organize / Instagram

    Labels are your best friend in a large pantry. Grab the label maker or create your own by hand. Either way, you'll thank yourself later when putting away groceries or packing lunches in a hurry.

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    Install Wire Shelving Behind the Door

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    @afreshspace / Instagram

    Make use of the back of your pantry closet door by installing wire racks that really pack a punch in terms of storage.

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    Pop Your Microwave in the Pantry

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    @another.mother.organizing / Instagram

    If your pantry is large enough, consider using it to house your microwave or toaster oven if you don't use that appliance very often. Or if the space features outlets, you can even plug it in permanently in there!

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    Carve Out a Small Work Area

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    @afreshspace / Instagram

    Perhaps your pantry closet needs to serve another function: That of a tiny office. You can carve out an area to keep files and documents in order using a closet organization system like those sold at IKEA and The Container Store to best configure your pantry to your needs.

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    Look to the Floor for Added Storage

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    @sortedhomeandesign / Instagram

    Don't be shy about using the floor of your walk-in pantry to make room for even more storage. Plastic bins are easy to grab and fill as needed with any and all extra supplies.

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    Replicate the Grocery Store Shelves

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    @beeorganizedcorp / Instagram

    If you tend to buy products in bulk, designating a separate shelf for each type of item—soup, canned corn, sauce, and the like—will make your pantry feel like your own little market, with everything located right within plain sight.

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    Add Some Built-in Drawers

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    @_lets_get_organized / Instagram

    Built-in drawers are always ideal for concealing smaller or less visually appealing items. If you're designing a pantry from scratch, you may wish to work these into your layout for added function.

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    Design a Coffee Station

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    @joanna_organize / Instagram

    Why not set up a little coffee station inside your pantry? If the space features an electrical outlet or two, you can keep your coffee maker and all of your necessary drink supplies right inside along with your other go-to ingredients and dry goods.

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    Designate Jars for Each Family Member

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    To help divide up family member's special snacks and treats, consider placing jars in you pantry that are labeled with each member of the household's name. We can't guarantee that it's an entirely foolproof system, but at least it will momentarily remind Dad to keep his hands off the little ones's candy!

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    Curate Your Cookbook Collection

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    @arbutusliving / Instagram

    Maybe you have more cookbooks on hand than ingredients! Go ahead and use your pantry as a place to stash all of these useful titles and create your own little walk-in library right off the kitchen.

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    Take Advantage of Long Shelves

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    Sarah Szwajkos

    This pantry isn't deep in size but features extremely long shelves. Taking items out of their packaging and lining them up as you would see in a grocery store makes it easy to see everything at once. The top shelf is used to store entertaining supplies.

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    Try This Exterior Door Hack

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    Lauren Pressey for MBC Interior Design

    When thinking about exterior pantry design, consider implementing a setup like the above, where the closet door is disguised as a set of drawers. We love this sleek surprise!

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    Lean Cans in Larger Drawers

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    Have smaller cans of tuna, tomato sauce, and beans? Use pull-out drawers to lean these items on their sides and stack them up to maximize space.

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    Hang a Pretty Pendant Light

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    Mel Bean

    Who says you can't have a pendant light in your pantry? Or display cereals and other snacks in adorable jars? Even the most practical of spaces can still look sophisticated while being fully functional.

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    Keep This in Mind if You Have a Glass Door

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    @joanna_organize / Instagram

    If your pantry closet door is see-through, you'll want to keep things as spick and span as possible. One way to do so? Purchase ceramic jars with labels on the outside so that you can easily see what you have on hand but don't find yourself staring at every little label and logo as you relax in the kitchen.

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    Set Out a Fruit Bowl

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    Place a cute fruit bowl in the pantry to keep healthy snacks top of mind. This one blends in with the white shelving perfectly.