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Steal This One Very Bright Idea For Your Kitchen Pantry

updated May 3, 2019
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When Kevin and Amanda, the bloggers behind the appropriately named site Kevin & Amanda, moved the laundry room to another space closer to the garage, they knew they wanted to do something special with their new-found kitchen-adjacent space. The logical answer: a walk-in pantry.

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The couple worked with a local company to create a custom storage solution that perfectly fit the space. The professionals drew up plans (along with 3D illustrations) to show the best shelving configuration to hold everything Kevin and Amanda needed to store, and hide the fact that the space used to be a laundry room. Actual installation only took about 2.5 hours, from start to finish. The pantry now has a mix of open and closed storage, including adjustable shelves, drawers, baskets — and no sign of the room’s original function.

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As organized and convenient as the space is now (there is seriously a place for everything), Amanda’s favorite feature is a small one: a push-button door switch, which she got at Home Depot (a similar one is available here on Amazon) and her dad very kindly installed for them. It only cost about $15.

“It’s installed in the hinge and, when the door closes, it pushes a button to turn off the light,” she explains. “When the door opens, the button is released and the light comes on!” She says it’s great for grabbing something real quick or if your hands are full. Oh, and if you need to be in the pantry with the door closed, the light can be flicked on.

Many thanks to Kevin and Amanda for this very bright idea….