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Sometimes our real-life kitchens are far from Pinterest goals—like when they lack a pantry. Why would any kitchen be built without thought for food storage? Luckily, it’s a common-enough problem, so creative people have created solutions for every kind of situation.

Here are a few ways to carve out storage in your own kitchen.

Bookcases make great stand-alone pantries, which this BILLY hack demonstrates beautifully. Jasmine used two to flank a dining bench, mimicking a built-in dining settee and seamlessly increasing her pantry space.

Vineta needed a cabinet in a non-standard depth, so she went to her workshop and made this custom piece—complete with a knocked-out bottom shelf to store her automatic vacuum. Her blog has a ton of practical tips, like checking your proportions with existing cabinetry.

To maximize your pantry potential, keep an eye out for unusual storage places. You can purchase pull out pantries from big box stores or create a DIY pull-out pantry. It’s perfect for those small, always-lost items or the awkwardly tall ones that are difficult to reach from the back of shelves.

Ashley did a full story on how she organized her pantry with dollar store items, but this little hack stood out. Turn any wall space into a mini pantry by using hooks and wire baskets to store loose items like onions and potatoes.

Speaking of baskets and produce, how cute is Kimberly’s pantry cart? It includes a separate section for each item, making it easy to keep organized. She use the top of the cart for snacks, but you could just as easily arrange more pantry items on top.

Nikki’s home had no pantry to speak of, but she did have a nice blank wall. She cleverly used a mix of open shelves and hanging baskets to create a system for all her dried goods, plus some storage for appliances.

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