We live in a house built in 1980. It has an uber-small kitchen… with practically NO STORAGE (we are planning to renovate within the year… rip her right back to the drywall)
In the meantime, I have an open shelving thin pantry space in the Kitchen (maybe 3 inches deep)… this is where I store things like spices, oils, vinegars, etc.
We took a smallish hall closet that we weren’t using effectively in our near-by Mud Room and put in open-wire shelving from Rubbermaid (heavy duty stuff can hold a ton of weight). And have made it our now very practical Pantry.
Ours is very similar to the picture that SadieBee: supplied above.
Top shelf is rarely used items for entertaining / small appliances.
Next shelf paper goods… Napkins, Papertowel, etc.
The 2 middle shelves are for Bottles, Jars, Cans, and Canisters, and some boxed dry goods (Pasta, Tea, etc). Everything is organized by topic… so for example I have all my Baking Goods corralled into a box. When it comes time to bake, I just carry the whole box to the Kitchen.
The very bottom shelf is where I keep heavier items and misc stuff… Pop, Bottled Water, Cleaning Supplies (Being in the Laundry Room / Mudroom Area, means this is where I stow things like spare bottles of Detergent etc)
Converting this closet has been a god-send. After our NEW Kitchen goes in, I’m not sure if we’ll need it or not. The nice thing is that with the Rubbermaid System, I can reinvent the space again if I need to.
Hope this helps,