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We made a pantry along the wall of the laundry room, which is just 2 steps away from the kitchen, where a coat closet used to be. We love it, because it's very handy. The best thing is that we can accomodate the weirdly-shaped or cluttery things that otherwise don't fit anywhere very well.

Ours is 16" deep, and many of the shelves are pull-out wire ones, or wire baskets for the onions, garlic, potatoes, and the occasional ginger root. We use them up so fast that they are stored right next to each other, and we have never noticed a problem. Almost all of our materials were scrounged from another project, or free---my wire racks were scrounged from the hospital dumpster and cut down to size. We did have to buy some of the shelf slides. We made one of those can dispensers, in which you load the cans in the top, and they roll around towards the back and then out to the front, so the oldest one is always next to be used. It took a bit of experimentation to figure out the angles that wouldn't bang them up, but it's great to have.

The things that are nice for us is that we built it around those things that are useful to us but not typical for a store-bought organizer: the bread bin, the dog foor container, the extra oven racks, the compost bucket, the recycling container, the mop's organized so well that we have a huge amount of stuff in there; before, it only held family games, a few coats and boots, and sports equipment.

My recommendation would be to really study how you and your family use your kitchen for a few days. Do you have art supplies or poster board for kid's projects that you have to stash? Lots of 2L bottles? Don't forget mundane things, like a hook for the fly swatter, dog leash, whatever. How often do you use certain items? Ours is designed to have the multiple-times-a-day items closest to the kitchen, and the less commonly used extra overn racks, etc. furthest away.

Good luck to you! I'll bet you won't regret it.
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