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I have a closet pantry in my kitchen next to the fridge. It holds all of the food items I need it to and if it had something other than the standard wire shelving I could probably even store small appliances like the toaster or extra coffee maker or bake-ware. However, I would absolutely love to turn my laundry/mudroom into a walk in pantry which would require some additional demo to open up the closet at the back. That way I could store a lot of my serve-ware that doesn't get used daily that just takes up space elsewhere. I think both types of pantries work depending on ones needs.

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I have a walk in pantry that had shelving all down the left side and on he back wall but had nothing on the right wall, but the wall had a mid wall level electrical outlet probably meant to mount a Dustbuster or wireless vacuum. I put a three shelf book case on the right wall with the top shelf being counter level. I was then able to put my KitchenAid mixer, my food processor, and my toaster on that shelf. There is sufficient room for me to go in the pantry and use these appliances. No more dragging them out of a cupboard to use, and I can’t standing having appliances sitting out on the counter (except for the coffee maker which has its own little counter). The problem with this is that I lived in the house for 20 years before I came up with this idea for the pantry.

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I might "forget where I put my sugar and flour" in a walk in pantry?! Seriously, that was a stretch to come up with a con for a walk in.

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