CINCINNATI, Ohio - Up to 75% of homeowners are obsessed with decluttering their kitchen countertops, according to a recent Houzz study. Homeowners are seeking pantry storage solutions to satisfy their desire of an organized kitchen. Pantries are no longer just for storing food items but are serving as multifunctional spaces from prepping food to hosting small appliances. Capitalize on the seven pantry trends Organized Living experts have compiled together that are all about making life easier. 
 
Prep-station 
The pantry is being used as a space to get things done. Taking it a step further from storage, homeowners are using a deep shelf at counter height to create a lunch packing station or morning beverage station. The kitchen counters remain clear and orderly as a fresh cup of coffee is brewed right inside the pantry. 
 
Adjustable system 
When it comes to pantries, flexibility and adjustability are key. Food packaging comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, so it can be very difficult to fit and store everything. Homeowners are turning to freedomRail to organize their pantries because it gives them the ability to adjust shelving and accessories with ease. 
 
Walk-in pantry
The fourth most desired feature of a new home for millennials is a walk-in pantry, according to the National Association of Home Builders. With the rise of open shelving in kitchens, pantries have been increasing in size to handle the lack of cabinet storage space. Homeowners are relying on their pantry to take on the influx of storage. Large walk-in pantries are what everyone wants in their homes as they provide a plethora of storage options. 
 
Pantry times two
Having a single pantry is not substantial enough for some homeowners, as they seek additional storage options. The traditional pantry hosts food items used daily, while an additional pantry provides extra storage space for items not used often like bulky club-store items, serving pieces or dishes like fine china or cake plates. 
 
Hidden pantry
Homeowners’ obsession for order inside the kitchen has crafted the hidden pantry. Pantries are often being disguised behind cabinet doors, blending seamlessly into the kitchen aesthetic. It’s the perfect inconspicuous solution for homeowners who prefer a clean, sophisticated space. 
 
Messy kitchens
The messy kitchen is occurring more frequently in high-end custom homes. Messy kitchens are a hidden prep and pantry space tucked behind the main kitchen with a full complement of amenities and appliances — refrigerator, sink, dishwasher, and pantry. Using the messy kitchen to prepare food allows the main kitchen to remain a clean and tidy congregating space when entertaining. 
 
Hostess for small appliances 
The amount of countertop space is often limited in the kitchen, especially with the number of small appliances sitting out on the counter. Homeowners are taking advantage of the storage space in their pantries to host their everyday small appliances like microwaves and coffee makers. They are strategically placing outlets where easily accessible to use the appliance in the pantry if needed. As trends come and go, having an accessible and organized storage solution is always top of mind for homeowners and they are turning to freedomRail. With the flexibility to adjust their pantry shelving to accommodate their busy lifestyle, freedomRail storage system allows homeowners to easily maintain organization in the kitchen. 
 
 

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