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Back-Of-The-Closet “Pantry”

February 24, 2011

At long last, a proper pantry! Well, sort of.

We live in an apartment that suited just one person but is a bit of a squeeze for two. Combining two people’s well-equipped kitchens caused the cabinets to more than overflow. Many of our duplicate things have been sold or donated (thanks Craigslist and Goodwill), but there still isn’t enough room. So we’ve done what I always wanted to do and managed to create some space for a pantry.

The closet by our kitchen is taken up by an HVAC unit, so there’s never been space in it for shelves and thus for kitchen stuff. As it is, we are lucky to squeeze in some cleaning gear like our vacuum, mop, and broom! Luckily, there is just enough clearance in front of these essentials (I’m a neat freak) so accommodate some back-of-door storage.

Enter the Elfa Door & Wall Rack System, which was a snap to buy and install. (Enter also Discover Card’s cashback bonus program, which lets you turn $20 of cashback into $25 of Container Store gift cards.)

I’ve had to be careful about what I put in these shelves, keeping it as light as possible. The danger is that too much weight will cause the door to hang unevenly and prevent it from latching properly when closed. As a result, nothing but dry goods stored here.

Here’s a close-up of some of the most functional shelves in here. I thought about using the glass jars I’ve been saving up from jam, salsa, etc., but they are nearly impossible to stack safely. Plus, they are heavy. Hence the switch to plastic bins. I am sure I can find something wonderful to do with my jars, especially when summer comes and the fresh, local produce starts rolling in.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Wholeearthalum68 permalink
    February 25, 2011 12:07 am

    Beautiful and efficient use of space.

  2. Nancy Goodwin permalink
    March 5, 2011 3:34 pm

    Are you using residential or commerical overdoor hooks? I like the idea that you don’t have to screw holes into the door.

    • March 12, 2011 8:23 pm

      I can’t recall whether we bought commercial or residential! It was whatever was at the container store. We definitely didn’t screw any holes in the door. That would have been a deal-breaker.

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