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    A kitchen is the heart of the home.

    If the kitchen truly is the heart of the home, and it is filled to the brim with pots, pans and general mayhem, you can bet it will affect the rest of the house too.

    Keeping a pantry neat and organised can be a never-ending battle between you and the family. These days, most new homes feature a walk-in option or even a butler’s pantry to help combat the inevitable mess. We have put together a list of our top tips to help create or maintain stylish pantries!


    THE BUTLER’S PANTRY

    Can’t stand a messy kitchen? Hide it all away in your very own butler’s pantry! Perfect for a family who loves to entertain, a butler’s pantry should include a sink and plenty of bench space. Include a gorgeous splash back, and it is almost like having a second kitchen! Our Eureka 263 display home features a walk-in-pantry complete with sink, cupboards and overhead shelving.

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    STORAGE, STORAGE, STORAGE!

    To reorganise your pantry, start by throwing out all of your old or outdated tins of food. Next, clear out all the food you are keeping and begin with a completely empty cupboard. The easiest way to store your remaining food, condiments and other pantry items is by utilising baskets, containers or jars. Clear containers look fantastic, the food will last longer and they are also practical. If you prefer the look of baskets or solid containers, label them clearly to make things easier when cooking.

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    Photo “Chalon Pantry” by Chalon Handmade found at http://bit.ly/1V2d1Ee. License at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/


    FLOOR TO CEILING SHELVING

    Make the most of all available space and install floor-to-ceiling shelving. Especially good for the savvy cook, units with adjustable shelves can save even more room through tailoring them to the exact height you need. You can even adjust them for larger items like a coffee machine, microwave or items bought in bulk.

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    ADD A SERVICE WINDOW

    For really stylish pantries, add a service window that connects to the outdoor alfresco. Perfect for those who love to entertain, a service window will keep you connected to the party all while you prepare the food. Our Erskine 240 display home demonstrates a service window that connects outdoors, complete with bench space underneath.

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    HIDDEN DOORS

    What better way to create a sleek, modern and clean look for your kitchen than to conceal the pantry completely! The Jagera 250 demonstrates this perfectly, where the pantry doors have been made in the same material as the surrounding cupboards so it completely blends in.

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    POWER POINTS

    Nothing looks as clean and sleek as it does when it is in white. This pantry ups the ante with its white bench top, walls and cabinetry, but also has one key feature – power points. With a little bit of forward-thinking, you can leave smaller appliances like a toaster, microwave or coffee machine in your pantry full time, leaving more space available in your kitchen.

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    What items do you think are vital for stylish pantries? How do you keep it organised? Let us know in the comments!