Our kitchen is also open to our living room and pretty much the entire rest of the house. I can stand in the kitchen and see the living room, dining room, foyer, and all of the bedrooms. It drives me pretty crazy! It also means I have to keep my kitchen clean.
I installed a magnetic bar from Ikea on the wall to hold car keys. It keeps counter clutter to a minimum.
Unfortunately, my pantry is almost non-existent. For a family of nine, this just doesn't cut it. I store extra food in the laundry room and we have a huge deep freezer in the garage. Fortunately, we eat a lot of fresh food so I can keep that in the fridge or freeze it.
Last month I reorganized the tiny pantry and added a nice organizer from thirty-one. The organizer holds my printed calendar (find it free here) and various appointment cards, business cards, and coupons. The double door hook holds the organizer and baby bibs. Some cheap storage bins from Target's dollar spot hold dried fruit, beans, and tea.
Here's a before picture of my microscopic pantry...
Now that I've survived with such a small kitchen, it should make our next house feel like a mansion!
Anyone else out there with a little kitchen and big family?