A pantry is a must have on any house I build. I design my kitchens to hold tools (dishes, mixing bowls, pots and pans, cutting boards, etc) and spices and coffee. That's it. Everything else goes in the pantry. Yes, everything. If it regularly rotates out, it needs to be on open shelving in the pantry. That way you don't end up with expired cans in deep drawers or moldy bread at the back of the shelf. Or maybe worse, you can't access and inventory what you have quickly and easily.
Even though this house is small, we made sure to include a pantry right in the middle of the kitchen.
This week, we are tackling the pantry shelving. We want to put the right shelving in that can last a lifetime and won't need to be ripped out or changed later. You might as well do it right the first time, it saves you time and money in the long run.