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PLANNING YOUR PANTRY Whether your pantry is huge or small, proper organization and storage techniques can really help make it a functional space that works for your needs. Start with an empty pantry as it’s going to be easier if you can clear everything out first instead of just moving items around. Once everything is out of the pantry, sort it into groups – cooking, baking, breakfast, snacks, etc. so you can take stock of what you have and how much space you will need. Then you’ll be able to determine if you will need to add extra shelving or storage solutions to provide more space. Shelf risers, baskets and lazy Susans can all come in handy if you’re worried about accessing everything you need. Once you have an idea of where everything will go, you can start stocking the shelves. Keep in mind weight distribution and ease of access. Keep things that you use every day eye level and lesser used items on the top shelves where they’re accessible, but don’t take up valuable real estate on the eye level shelves. Try using the floor for appliances that you bring out once in a while, like the slow cooker or wok, and heavy bags of root vegetables, beverages and cases of soup. Linens and other small items can be stored in baskets on the top shelves so they’re out of the way, but you can easily reach them and pull them down when needed. A final step to organizing your pantry is to label everything. It’s not necessary, but it does help to know where to put things away if there is a label telling you exactly what goes where. This is also helpful if you have a large family or others that visit your home and may help unload groceries or dishes into the pantry.

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If you are looking for a natural way to repel insects in and around your garden this summer, consider planting lemongrass. It's an ornamental plant that thrives in warm and humid areas. It grows tall (three to five feet) and will spread throughout a garden if left to do so. Because it is native to Sri Lanka and India, lemongrass likes lots of light, heat and moisture. Plant it in pots around your deck, along the side of your yard or throughout your garden to ward off mosquitoes and other outdoor pests. The strong fragrance from the lemongrass is what deters the insects, but note the plant itself is also mildly toxic to animals so be sure to keep pets away from it where possible. Humans are perfectly safe eating lemongrass, so feel free to harvest it and steep it for tea or use it to add flavour to your favourite dish.

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