Shallow, but wide pantry. Easy for unloading groceries and seeing everything that is in there. I'd go this route, maybe separate storage for small appliances. Shallow shelves are the way to go. No goods hiding behind other goods.
customize your own pantry makeover in a small closet - easy-to-follow instructions - and pictures!!! I've been searching the professional builder sites for diy instructions and this woman explains it better than the pros!!!
Kitchen Organization Made Easy - Tip - Get kids involved by filling a bottom drawer or cupboard with plastic dishes so they can help set the table. Not only does it involve them with housework, it also teaches independence. A win, win in my books.