Celebrity Closet Boot Camp: Get Your Kitchen Pantry Organized in 5 Easy Steps By InStyle Editors InStyle Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Our editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness spaces in print and digital. We prioritize journalistic integrity, factual accuracy, and also having fun with every story we share. InStyle's editorial guidelines Published on March 3, 2015 @ 07:46AM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: John Downs A gorgeous pantry is like an invitation to cook and entertain—all the more reason to spruce it up a bit. “Just because it’s a storage space doesn’t mean you have to fill every inch,” says Jill Pollack, designer and host of Consumed on HGTV Canada. Instead, strike a balance by putting your beautiful items on display and creating a neat arrangement of your daily essentials. Read on for our expert tips to getting your dream pantry. PHOTOS: 12 Amazing Star Closets Pop the Plates Rather than hide china and stemware in a closet (or worse, in a packing crate), think of them as jewelry for the pantry and show them off. Painting the walls and shelves gray makes white pieces stand out. Avoid Dish Disasters Shelve plates where you can reach them so there’s no worry about dropping a dozen dishes from atop a step stool. Save high storage for vases since you don’t need 12 at a time. Get in the Zone Drawers can be organized by meal, container type, or even family member. The only rule is to find a system you can stick to. Place dividers inside to hold loose packets and condiments. PHOTOS: Kardashian Closet Confidential Entertain with Ease Keep an area free of clutter to use while hosting. For parties, stock simple appetizers (crackers, nuts, olives), bottled water, and wine that you can whip out at a moment’s notice. Go Vertical A single well-placed design fix can transform a pantry’s entire storage potential. Installing vertical shelf dividers for cutting boards, cooling racks, and baking sheets maximizes space. Inspired to tackle organizing the rest of your house? See more of our Closet Boot Camp tips here.