By Laura Gee,, Storage and Organization Contributor

In my neighborhood there were about 6 different floor plans to choose from when you went to buy a house. We all know pretty much what sort of home layout everybody has just by looking at the front of it. The house with the 2 car garage and bonus room above it has a small pantry. The home with the 4 bedrooms doesn’t have a pantry. The 2 story house doesn’t have any hidden storage space….you catch my drift. Well, in order to help people, like myself, get the most out of their pantry (or whatever kitchen storage space they have), I’v compiled this little infographic. I’ve taken most of what I’ve learned about storage space, combined it with my sister-in-law’s labeling/organizing habits, and mixed in all of the cooking knowledge from the women in my family. These little tidbits can be adapted to use in any cabinet or pantry you have in your kitchen.

First things first, you need to see what you have! That’s always my number one rule for organizing a space. You’ll see the placement of items in the pantry goes along with how often you’re likely to access stuff. Canned goods, jars, and boxed food items are all closets to eye level. Your bins for things like onions and potatoes goes down lower. The storage bins for things like plastic wrap and paper plates goes near the bottom. In the very bottom and on the very top you have items you use the least. On the bottom, you put the heaviest stuff…for obvious reasons.

Next, label your shelves! My sister-in-law would INSIST on this point. If you label your items with generic terms…kind of like how a grocery store labels its aisles…you’ll set yourself up for success. People won’t be tempted to shove cereal where the ketchup goes. Anybody can help you unload groceries. Anybody should be able to find what they’re looking for if they can read the labels. Labeling shelves helps to keep you and everybody who accesses your pantry organized.

The door is where you REALLY maximize your storage space. I’m a HUGE fan of putting shallow depth spice wracks on the backs of doors. My husband doesn’t want me messing with the cabinet doors and such, but that’s okay. You can fit any amazing about of stuff on the backs of doors in a space that used to be left unused! I love putting things like granola bars, packs of fruit snacks, and packets of crackers on the little shelves closer to the bottom of the door. It is SO easy to grab a snack and people aren’t rummaging through all of the shelves trying to find something to tide them over. If you keep all of the snack-type-foods in one place, they know EXACTLY where to go. You’ll also see hooks for utensils and measuring cups. I adore this idea! It is super easy to find what you’re looking for. I have collapsable measuring cups and they fit nicely on a small hook on the back of the door. You’ll see at the top a cork board. This can be changed easily to a magnetic chalk board if that’s more your style. I just appreciate having some form of communication in that area.

Hopefully you’ll glean a couple of useful tips from this! Remember to label your shelves, put the items you use the most in the front near eye level, and make use of the space behind the door!