Do you want to create a food storage space with limited room? If you organize your space properly, you can have enough food to last through a natural disaster or one that is man-made. Here are five tips for storing food in a confined space:
1. Look for Alternative Space
There’s little doubt that you’ll want to store much of your food in the kitchen, but where else in your home can you keep your bulk foods? Perhaps you have a corner in the basement that can be outfitted with shelving. Maybe you have a spare room with a fantastic closet. Look for spaces in your home that are being put to little use and utilize them for your food storage.
Does your wife keep Tupperware in three different cabinets? Does your husband have a habit of turning every drawer into a junk drawer? Before you begin storing food, de-clutter your kitchen. Combine your reusable containers into one cupboard. Use a basket for your junk instead of several drawers. A good rule of thumb is this: If you haven’t looked at it or used it in the last 12 months, donate it, recycle it or throw it away.
3. Install Organizers
Instead of relying on the vast space within your cupboards to store your food, install cupboard organizers. Pull out shelves are fantastic options for deep cupboards. Lazy Susan’s installed in corner cupboards can make getting to your food easier and more convenient. If you’re unsure of the type of organizers that will best meet your needs, walk down the aisles of your local home improvement store for inspiration.
4. Air-Tight Containers
Instead of keeping your flour, rice and other dry goods in 20-pound sacks, pour what you need into air-tight containers that fit neatly into your kitchen cupboards. Mason jars are great choices for dried beans and legumes, plastic pasta containers can hold both dried noodles and rice, and sealable buckets make fantastic food storage options for the items that you won’t be using right away. As a bonus, buckets can be stacked on top of one another, decreasing the amount of space taken up.
5. Buy the Basics
If you have limited space for food storage, concentrate on stocking the basics instead of the exotic. Dried pastas, corn meal, rice, flour and beans can be made into meals quickly. Look for food stuffs that don’t go bad. This will allow you to maximize your storage space, keeping only the most useful items on hand.
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