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Kevin Sharkey of Martha Stewart Living - Kitchen Pantry Pictures

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Design Guru Kevin Sharkey is Senior Vice President and Executive Editorial Director, Decorating, and Executive Creative Director, Merchandising for MSLO.
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Kevin stores and organizes his kitchen necessities vertically to maximize space.

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Open shelving instead of closed cabinets is a bold and aggressive move; read below to see how Kevin makes it work.

  • Kevin maximizes space by storing his kitchen necessities vertically. Vertical storage is a must-do in a small space--something my fellow New York City dwellers know well.
  • If you opt for open shelving rather than cabinets, keep plates, cups and bowls neutral-toned for a streamlined look. Store food in clear plastic containers.
  • Incorporate kitchen cabinet dividers to divide the space, double the shelving and keep more plates and bowls accessible.

Kitchen pantries are magnets for clutter (See: How to Organize Your Kitchen) opt for open shelving only if you are committed to keeping them neat and tidy at all times.

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