Organizing is crucial to Emerson and Ryan's home. Here's how to mimic their system:
Sort by function: Put all baking supplies together on one shelf; store grains and beans on another shelf. Do the same for spices.
Stock frequently used items at eye level: "We eat a lot of rice, so that's at the front and center," says Ryan. They keep rarely used items at the top of the pantry, since they need a step stool to reach that shelf.
Buy grains in bulk and pour into glass jars: Inspired by their favorite New York City Pan-Asian restaurant, which stored teas in beautiful glass jars, Emerson picked up her loot at a local warehouse that was liquidating stock. (Spices can be stored in glass as well, as long as there's no direct sunlight.)
Use baskets: Keep them on the bottom shelf for teas, odd jars and napkins.
Label everything: "I have a P-touch by Brother International that I'd use to write silly sayings and I'd stick them around the house," says Emerson. "But once we finished this pantry, it had a real purpose -- I label everything."