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3 Small Walk In Pantry Ideas for Busy DC-Area Families

4 minute read, by Closet America, on Dec 11, 2018

Staying organized can be hard since many DC-area homes only have small walk-in pantries, often referred to as a “butler’s pantry.”

Has your kitchen gone wild? Do cans and jars roam the countertops and fruit gather in strange places? If your family is always busy, always running off in different directions, the kitchen is probably the hub of your activities, and if things don’t have designated places, they are likely to wind up in odd corners as meals are cooked, you drink coffee, days are started, and plans are made. Staying organized can be hard since many DC-area homes only have small walk-in pantries, often referred to as a “butler’s pantry.”

You can make life neater and more efficient for yourself and your family by maximizing the space in that small pantry and putting every inch of it to the best possible use. If your pantry is a continuation of the disorder and not the solution for it, that space probably needs to be customized to meet your family’s needs better. It might be outdated, unattractive, and not very well thought out. Or it might just not do what your family needs. In any case, there are plenty of ways to optimize your pantry. Here at Closet America, we have a few small walk-in pantry ideas to offer you.

Get Organized with Adjustable Shelves

Chances are, if your shelves aren’t adjustable, lots of wall is visible through the pockets of space surrounding your items. Adjustable shelves would allow you to change the shelf heights to fit more shelves on the wall. Then you could organize things more closely together, putting smaller items in small shelf spaces and larger items in large spaces. You would fill the wall more solidly and get more organized, reducing clutter. That is just one of the ways customizing your pantry can make your kitchen a happier place.

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Closet America’s pantry systems are made with materials and engineered with the highest quality. Our ¾-inch custom shelving has a durable, scratch-resistant thermofused finish. It is strong enough to support portable kitchen appliances and sets of China, but thanks to the adjustable mounting, you can keep your cookware on shelves adjacent to those and canned vegetables nearby, too. Floor mounts keep your pantry system secure and level. A custom pantry from Closet America will allow you to use your limited space to its fullest potential.

Store It Right with Custom Accessories

Not everything has to fit on shelves with Closet America’s custom accessories in your efficient, convenient pantry. While you’ll want to keep your bottles of olive oil and vinegars on shelves, wine belongs in racks. Closet America has beautiful chrome pullout racks to keep a variety of varietals at hand just a few steps away from your dinner table. You’ll save tons of time and shelf space by keeping your spices in their own racks too. When you have everything lined up and racked, there’ll be no more rummaging around drawers and knocking things over to reach the back of the shelf. You can even alphabetize your spices if you choose.

You’ll probably want to place your fruits and vegetables in custom adjustable chrome pull-out baskets. These create ideal storage conditions with fresh air circulating around your produce in a (mostly) dark and cool environment. You’ll be able to see what you have at a single glance and access it with an easy pull. Since the baskets can be raised and lowered in their frame, you can put things of practically any size in them.

Finally, a floor-to-ceiling lazy Susan will make the best use of all the space in that awkward corner where it’s hard to reach anything. Now you can fill that space and retrieve everything you need with a quick spin. This will truly maximize your storage capacity, using every inch of your space and giving you another option for organization.

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Take the High Road to Decluttering

Look up toward the ceiling of your pantry. Is there a big, empty space there? How many things do you have that you would love to put up there and have out of the way forever? One of the advantages of Closet America’s custom solutions is that they can reach the ceiling. Those hiding-in-plain-sight spaces are some of the most valuable for storage because there’s always something you want to put there. Maybe you buy some foods in bulk. You can pack those items quite tightly, off to the side until they’re needed. And the challenges of holiday items, rarely used appliances, and those specialty foods that you don’t actually like are met in those far corners too.

This is not just decluttering, it is the creation of a clean and beautiful new storage system in your small walk-in pantry. With all these customized features, made with the highest quality and to your specifications through the Closet America process, organizing is easy—as easy as it gets.

Bring Your Small Walk In Pantry Ideas to Life

At Closet America, we understand that your pantry has to meet your unique needs. That is why we offer a free in-home consultation where you can talk to one of our expert designers about exactly how you want your pantry set up.

Our designer will create a 3D interactive model of the new customized storage system that we will make by hand in our facility in Landover, MD. You are sure to be amazed at the big potential in your little pantry. Contact us today to see how a new storage system in your small walk-in pantry can make your family’s life less cluttered and more efficient.

Closet America was able to work with my unique circumstances in order to give me the best use of my space.

Amy B.,
Fairfax Station, VA

Let’s Start Your Project

Whether you’re interested in a custom-designed closet, office, pantry, or garage, starting your project couldn’t be easier. Just fill out the attached form or give us a call to schedule your free in-home design consultation. You can download our brochure and you’re welcome to visit our Landover Maryland showroom, to see how beautiful our custom-designed organization systems look in person. We want you to experience the Closet America difference and see how we build organizing solutions for life.