Two key organizing changes were made to this pantry that made a huge difference in increasing ease of access and maintenance.
1. The pantry was painted a light color to reflect light and brighten the back corners.
2. Shelves were re-positioned to allow for stacking of the larger drawers onto one shelf.
If you are finding it hard to open up the space and let go of some of your books, I suggest you take some time to revisit the book (not just the memories) and determine if you still need the book physically on your bookshelf.