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7. Use floating shelves. At what point do simple floating shelves end and an open pantry begin? I’d say that based on its function, this example qualifies as an open pantry. Four large floating shelves are used here for a collection of food canisters and oft-used items, giving it a definite open pantry vibe. If building in a pantry isn’t for you, this is another way to test out the look without having to commit fully.MoreKitchen Confidential: Walk-In Pantries vs. Cabinet PantriesWhy I Combined Open Shelves and Cabinets in My Kitchen RemodelThe Best Things to Store on Open Kitchen ShelvesBrowse pantry and cabinet organizers
Style Secret: Recycling Made SimpleGood habits are easier to adopt when you make them as painless as possible. Set up a recycling center in an easy-to-access spot, such as the kitchen, garage or mudroom, to make sorting plastic, paper and glass second nature. There are plenty of ready-made systems on the market, including some that tuck away behind cabinets, but you also can mix and match bins and receptacles to design your own. Put it into practice: Look for opportunities to reuse household items that aren't going out to the curb. Perhaps old magazines can be used as wrapping paper or decoupaged onto vases and boxes; empty jars might hold craft supplies or corral silverware at casual cookouts; the last dregs of paint in the can could be splashed onto a canvas for DIY artwork. And don't forget to take advantage of community programs for recycling electronics, hazardous waste and other items beyond everyday discards.