Unlike closed cabinets that can store nearly anything—including unattractive items—open shelves are designed to both store and display. When you look at organized kitchen shelving, you'll see a lot of attention paid to the display aspect. For example, larger plates are stored on-end to show off decorative patterns and colors, special pots or canisters are placed on their own shelves, and there's often an artistic accent or two sprinkled throughout sections of shelves. Avoid stacking everything in crowded rows, space out your shelf items for a more aesthetically pleasing look. If you find that you have more supplies than you can fit on this new open-shelf plan, it's time to clear out the cupboards and pantry and get rid of things you don't really need.