Small Spaces Storage Solutions – RESULTS


At Food Storage Made Easy, we asked our readers to come together and share their ideas for storing food in small spaces. The results were incredible! Continue reading for all the ideas we received. As promised, we created a way cute PDF for you to share with all your friends. To get the handout, click here!

We broke the house up into several different areas and will be covering each one individually. Some of these ideas will be perfect for your situation whether or not you have space. Thanks again to ALL our contributors, you’re AWESOME!

Store cans on their sides under a twin bed. Line them up in rows of their category (fruit, veggies, tuna etc…). When you purchase cans place under the left side of the bed. When you need a can for meal preparation pull it from the right side. You have a cheap rotating storage right under your kids beds!
-Shaela

My husband and I decided to convert one of the bedrooms into our food storage room. We took the smallest of the three, bought heavy duty shelves from Costco and ordered a Shelf Reliance storage system for our canned goods. The closet in our food storage room holds our wheat, powdered milk, and bottled water. We also raised our bed up, and have rolling totes underneath for additional storage.
-Samantha

You can get wide, shallow plastic bins at most department stores that have wheels on them for rollong under your bed. These are great for storing cans of food since they are about as deep as a can. You can easily pull them out for food rotation purposes as well.
-Amanda

Don’t forget all the wonderful storage underneath your beds! You could house cases of canned goods or extra paper goods – anything really! Lots of space, you just have to remember what is under there and keep rotating if it is anything perishable.
-Julie

Also, the boxes fit perfectly under my children’s beds. That not only gives me extra storage space, but it prevents the build-up of toys and clothes and candy wrappers that otherwise get stuffed under the beds.
-Marilee

I have wheat boxes behind my bed headboard against the wall, in a layer under my daughter’s mattress (she doesn’t have a frame or boxspring), and under the TV (that layer is covered with a blanket). We hardly notice they’re around. I also have water stored under my bed (I used to store it under the couch – that’s a great place to store extra diapers, too).
-America

Buy some of the heavy duty Velcro from any store. The stuff that’s about two to three inches across. Put one side on the back of a pantry, or cabinet, then attach pieces of the other side to your spices. Easy spice rack on the back of the door for almost nothing. Works even with the really big Costco spice jars. We have a couple rows of this, keeping the spices organized, and easy to use.
-Jayce

Inside the door of our pantry and the converted coat closet hang a pantry door shelf that hooks over the top of the door. The one in the pantry holds my 50 or more spices. The second row from the bottom holds my nonstick sprays and Crisco. The bottom shelf holds all my pancake syrups. And big bag of Krusteez.
– Maggie

Under our kitchen sink it was just our trash and a mess of plastic bags. To get that organized he took all the plastic grocery bags. We kept our small stash of dishwasher soap on the side and near it we kept our small garbage can. Then with all the left over space under there… after cleaning the space really well, my husband put our case of Tomato Soup, Spaghettios, and Progresso soups. These are cases that we do not need access to for awhile
-Maggie’s Husband

If your kitchen has a breakfast bar that is too tall for eating (approx. 46 inches) then find someone (husband, a family friend, or pay someone) to custom make shallow cupboards underneath the counter. If they are made with a wood to match your kitchen cabinets then it should be a nice useful addition to your kitchen. We are in the process of doing this.
-Maggie

I use Turn Table Spice Racks, to keep my spaces organized and easy to rotate. It ends up taking less space because I can pile spices all the way to the back but still have access to them. I also put my baking goods in plastic bins so I can easily take out all my ingredients at once when I bake, again it keeps things in packed away in tighter spaces and makes cooking more fun.
-Crystal

We put short bookshelves in our son’s closet and used them for food storage. Since his clothes were small they fit great over the top of the shelves. We also stacked boxes of #10 cans in the ends of the closets. Just make sure the boxes are labeled with what’s in them and put the things you will need to get into most often on the top or it can be a real pain to find things.
-Ellie

Create false bottoms in your closets! Clear everything out of the bottom of your chosen closet. Fill that space with either #10 cans or a couple of cases of canned goods. Cut a piece of plywood (or have it cut for you!) to size and place on top of the cans. Now, use your closet as you normally would!
-Danielle

We converted our coat closet to a little storage room (we kept the coats in our regular closet). We used boards and #10 cans to “build” shelves and it was amazing how much stuff we were able to put in there.
-Gwen and Melissa

After struggling to find places for our storage, I got the idea to convert our coat closet into a pantry. The closet wasn’t in our kitchen but had lots of space that wasn’t being utilized. Our coats and other items were moved to our bedroom closets. My husband added several shelves and removed the bar
-Denise

I also repurposed a canvas sweater holder that hung in the closet for boxes of pasta, cereal and crackers in my front ‘coat’ closet – those that didn’t fit in the tiny kitchen cupboards. I converted the broom closet into a kitchen pantry (it was about 15 inches deep) with some shelf brackets and wood cut at home depot.
-CTD

We converted our coat closet into another food pantry. Since this closet is not directly in the kitchen and it is carpeted we store our #10 cans, case lot sales items, and items purchased in bulk that we have a lot of. I stock my main pantry from this converted coat closet. Also the coat closet had a built in shelf above the rod so that shelf is used for unopened boxes of food like our case of 48 cans of Tuna and our 72 hours kits (grab and go kits near a door exiting the house).
-Maggie

I have a one year supply of fruit that I home canned. My mother had tons of milk crates from years ago, and we filled them up and now they are stacked high in my closest and under my hanging clothes. That’s where my fruit is. I have learned to put things in places that can be hidden so it doesn’t look like i have food all over my house, the kids closets are stacked high of boxes of # 10 cans
-Alisha

I live in a manufactured home (no basement) with a large master bathroom that has a corner “garden” tub. The side access panels are held on with velcro. I store my laundry supplies in the dead space under the tub.
-Mary Lou

What I’m planning on doing is curtaining off two feet or so along one wall of the dining room (Ikea has curtain rails you can mount on the ceiling) and putting all my food storage on shelves behind it.
-Cathie

In one house (we were owners so we could cut into the wall) there was a space under the stairwell and we cut an opening in there and put a door so we could store things there. It was quite small, but functional. We’ve always looked around at wherever we were living for available space.
-Gwen

The laundry/utility room often has extra space above the washer and dryer that can be used. Even if you don’t want to put food there, it works for storing toilet paper, dish soap, shampoos, etc.
-Gwen

We took sheets of 2 inch blueboard and made a 4×10 food storage room at the end of our very small living room. Made a door out of duct tape/blueboard.
-Janet

You can put organizers under your sink that are adjustable and can fit around all the pipes. It’s a great way to have shelves under that awkward space. I also put racks directly on the cupboards to hold different kinds of plastic wrap, aluminum foil etc.
-Crystal

Sofa Youtube:
This is an amazing idea that we received multiple times, it’s about creating a shelving system that acts as a table behind a sofa. It’s so neat!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCnXfO7YMfk
-Ruth, Mary Lou, Linda

These are things my mom did, she put wheat in buckets, using one on both sides she would put a piece of cut plywood across it and make a shelf. We got to put contact paper of our choice on the wood and the bucket to decorate or rooms with and she would stack them 2 high. They make great book shelves. Now they have such great things to decorate, you could go wild with it, maybe faux painting some to look like marble pillars? You could even use the shelves to put other food stuffs on and put a curtain or sheet in front to make a make-shift “cupboard”.
-Lorie

I sewed a liner for a big basket I had (like a big bag). Then I was able to put extra oatmeal boxes, crackers etc in it. I put a round table top (the kind you screw legs on) on it and used it as an end table. The bag liner hid the contents….When I moved to a bigger 1 bedroom apartment that same basket was used to store all the extra laundry detergent and dryer sheets I would stock up on at sales, soap and shampoo too – since I didn’t have a linen closet.
-CTD

Knowing we needed space to store food and some casual seating, we made 18″ cubes with hinged lids. Added casters on the bottom, padded seating on top. Inside it held about 4 cases worth of canned veggies, soup, etc. We made 3 of these boxes, then made a table to store them under. On the table we used decorative items: a nice looking binder for our storage records, a pretty box that held recipes for our storage foods, another box held cards with helpful hints. A lamp and a phone rounded out the decoration s.
-Lou

The food storage boxes from the church canneries (the kind that hold six #10 cans each) fit very nicely between the wall and my couches. Every piece of furniture in my living room and family room has food storage boxes behind it. I stack them about 3 boxes tall, and then extend them as long as the couch. It leaves just the perfect amount of space between the wall and the furniture — nobody would guess there was anything back there. Those boxes also can be stacked to form a table — my telephone sits on one such table. It’s just boxes with a cloth over them.
-Marilee

One year when we lived in an apartment my in-laws gave us a big wicker chest for Christmas. We put it in our living room and filled it with cans. We were amazed at how many cans could fit in it. We had a futon in our living room and we hid soda bottles filled with water behind the futon.
-Ellie

We also did the plywood table top thing, except we used two buckets of wheat for each table–they were beautiful and no one would have guessed what was under them!
-Gwen

I bought 2 book shelves at a garage sale – asking price $40 each, bought both for $25. They have been a great addition for storage! I have the shelves stored in my office, but when you look down the hall from our main living area you don’t see them.
-Marilyn’s daughter

I like the slender boxes that 3 – 1 gal water comes in for regular cans-the can fit nicely laying sideways (2 rows)- the box is slender to put in room and has the concept of the rotating method for the higher priced shelves
-Linda

Here’s an old post from my personal site of some roller shelving I made earlier this year, designed to fit behind standard shelving. Still works amazingly well. http://www.jaycehall.com/2008/03/08/weekend-storage-project/
-Jayce

I use one place for one food group. Like canned meats, chili, and soup for under the bed, canned veggies on top of cupboards, and fruits under end tables with fabric draped over it. Also if your filling cabinet isn’t full, fill it up with boxed items, or put food in a crawl space or attic well sealed. Keep a detailed inventory handy so you don’t forget how much & what you have (for me it’s outta’ sight, outta’ mind). Post your list on the inside of a cupboard so it’s tucked away. Also, tape a pen or pencil on a string, or velcro (my favorite) a pen next to it. That way, when you’re in a hurry, you can mark it instead of trying to remember what you took later.
-Nicole

We have used the top space in closets, a drawer in a bench, under beds (even propped the beds up on blocks so the food would fit underneath), lined every closet with food and/or water. Pull a dresser or couch away from the wall a couple of feet and you can fit lots of cans or buckets behind it where they won’t be seen too easily. We put food in the mylar pouches in the rolly boxes that go under beds and in giant 55 gal metal drums in the carport (the drums sealed so the insects/rodents/critters weren’t able to get to our food. Make a table with a board on top of a couple of cases of canned goods and cover it with a cloth. I’ve stacked 2 liter pop bottles of water horizontally between my filing cabinet and the wall. I’m also okay with the fact that my house doesn’t look professionally decorated—it’s disguise the food décor!
-Angela

Store some tins, pasta, rice and other non perishable food items that you use on a monthly basis, in a box/plastic crate (check expiry date is at least 12 months away)…..fill the box to the top and mark it “January 2009”. Store the box – be creative – you could even make it into a footstool, covered with some fabric and leave it next to your couch. (I moved my couch out a bit and stored the boxes behind it.) Do the same in February and March…..now you have three boxes – why not make them into bedside cabinet with that pretty fabric? J In the new quarter, empty the January 2009 box into your kitchen cupboards and refill the box with new purchases and mark it April 2009……you have just built up a good supply of basic food for 3 months and more importantly – rotated it……Keep going with the new purchases and rotation….until you build it up to 6 months and then 12 months.
-Cathy


  • Mk Johnson

    If you are storing cans in a humid area, dip the cans in melted paraffin first. It will help keep the cans from rusting.

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  • dad4homeprep

    just curious about that min-micro smiley face in the very bottom left corner… btw… great article.

  • jswwrites

    We have a pantry that goes under the stairs, and then we also cut out the tops of the stair treads at the bend and hinged them. With the carpet, you can’t see that they open. We’ve got 12 cu ft in the bottom one, and about 3 in the next one up, so a lot of storage hidden away!

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  • emmbee

    Bought plain whilte shortish buckets at the dollar store, filled them with back up everything and put them on top of my kitchen cabinets which do not go to the ceiling. These bins are what  Irotate down to my tiny pantry first. So far, so good.

    • That’s an awesome idea!

    • Karen

      The only thing to be careful with is how much weight the cabinets can hold be fore separation from the wall.

  • Lilmorse

    I love the ideas. I’ve used spaces I typically waste to store food, water and supplies. The only I’d add to this is pictures! Is there anyway we can post a few so everyone can really visualize different storage areas?

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  • nanette

    can u have a food storage out in the shad

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  • These day’s people are smart and need a smart way to operate around and decorate the house. If the rooms are not well arranged and it is in a mess then naturally it will create lot of problems and definitely decoration saves lot of spaces inside the house if you decorate it with cabinets.

  • This was amazing!!!! Thank you to everyone for their great ideas!!! I am going to share this at our food storage prep class next month.

  • I like most of your ideas 🙂 sometimes I live in a place with not enough space and other times, there’s plenty.

    One thing that is really bad to do — is storing stuff under the bed … it has caused a lack of sleep, sleeplessness, restlessness, etc. Putting stuff under the bed is a negative flow of energy — this is the only thing I wont do. I get better sleep with nothing under the bed … besides, in
    an earthquake, one of the safe place to go is under your bed — cant do
    that if you got stuff under the bed.

  • Thank you for sharing your tips on how to maximize space.

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  • Great space saving tip especially the bedroom part of this article.

  • Great space saving tip especially the bedroom part of this article.

  • faye75019

    Extra quilts and blankets can be stored between your mattress and box-springs, freeing up the linen closet for food.

  • Anonymous

    Extra quilts and blankets can be stored between your mattress and box-springs, freeing up the linen closet for food.

  • faye75019

    Extra quilts and blankets can be stored between your mattress and box-springs, freeing up the linen closet for food.

  • That's the great article! I just pass 'n read it, two thumbs up! 😉

  • This is so interested! Where can I find more like this?

  • I like the comment about using the vacuum bags for linens, freeing up the linen closet. I have started using the large ziploc storage bags, and get a similar effect, though probably not to the same degree, by starting at the bottom and rolling up the soft fabric items, squeezing out as much air as possible before sealing. As a hint, I seal most of the edge before starting the squeezing, so I only have the last couple of inches to seal.

  • Instead of a turntable for my spices, I use the small trays used to customize drawers, that fit my cabinet. Then I group the spices in the trays, based on what they are used for. That way I can take out the spices I need all at once. I don’t like the turntables because the corners of the cupboard, esp the back ones, are inaccessible and wasted space, and only the spices on the outside edge of the turntable are really visible.

  • One concern I have is using space under my sink. I do not like putting any food down there in case of a water leak. Cans do rust. Plus, they make it more difficult to get under there to fix the leak. It would be better to put other things that won’t be damaged by water, or are less important and costly to replace if they do get ruined; then use the space they were in to put food.

  • I like the comment about using the vacuum bags for linens, freeing up the linen closet. I have started using the large ziploc storage bags, and get a similar effect, though probably not to the same degree, by starting at the bottom and rolling up the soft fabric items, squeezing out as much air as possible before sealing. As a hint, I seal most of the edge before starting the squeezing, so I only have the last couple of inches to seal.

  • Instead of a turntable for my spices, I use the small trays used to customize drawers, that fit my cabinet. Then I group the spices in the trays, based on what they are used for. That way I can take out the spices I need all at once. I don't like the turntables because the corners of the cupboard, esp the back ones, are inaccessible and wasted space, and only the spices on the outside edge of the turntable are really visible.

  • One concern I have is using space under my sink. I do not like putting any food down there in case of a water leak. Cans do rust. Plus, they make it more difficult to get under there to fix the leak. It would be better to put other things that won't be damaged by water, or are less important and costly to replace if they do get ruined; then use the space they were in to put food.

  • Anonymous

    I live with my wife and daughter in a 8×20 foot cabin…we have a small bathroom with toilet and standing shower, and a small L shaped kitchenette. And finally, what keeps our space usage so small is that we have a tatami room with curtain. The room has a large window on one side of the wall, and is open to the kitchen on the other side, but the curtain can be pulled down for privacty. Anyway, the tatami room allows for eating, relaxing, and sleeping all in one small room. In addition we have a large deck that we can relax in the hammock or use our solar cooker etc. It’s nice to have friends over and entertain on the deck so they don’t spill in our house etc. If your space is tight, please consider a tatami room as one small room can cover living, dining, desk, and sleeping (basically all but the kitchen and bathroom) the room is raised by 18 inches with storage underneath for clothes and bedding. 🙂

  • smallspaceadvocate

    I live with my wife and daughter in a 8×20 foot cabin…we have a small bathroom with toilet and standing shower, and a small L shaped kitchenette. And finally, what keeps our space usage so small is that we have a tatami room with curtain. The room has a large window on one side of the wall, and is open to the kitchen on the other side, but the curtain can be pulled down for privacty. Anyway, the tatami room allows for eating, relaxing, and sleeping all in one small room. In addition we have a large deck that we can relax in the hammock or use our solar cooker etc. It's nice to have friends over and entertain on the deck so they don't spill in our house etc. If your space is tight, please consider a tatami room as one small room can cover living, dining, desk, and sleeping (basically all but the kitchen and bathroom) the room is raised by 18 inches with storage underneath for clothes and bedding. 🙂

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  • Annie

    I’ve found that, in addition to storing food, I can get creative with things that can be shifted to make room for the food. My local warehouse store had a large box of vacuum bags for sale. My extra blankets and linens are in these reusable bags, freeing up an entire linen closet for food storage. Each bedroom is also obliged to store the linen that goes with its bed, with all the sheets that belong in a set tucked into a pillowcase.

    My son (the only boy among a gaggle of girls) also has his own room. Some of his extra space is dedicated to a large shelf filled with cans and boxes.

    A few cases can take up some less than necessary room under a desk.

    Furniture set at an angle has tons of room behind it.

    My youngest children don’t use the space under their beds for anything yet, and putting boxes under there keeps them from flinging toys into that great void.

    Does anyone have any ideas for storing toilet paper in bathrooms that don’t have any cabinets? Aesthetics are negotiable, but water resistance necessary.

  • Annie

    I’ve found that, in addition to storing food, I can get creative with things that can be shifted to make room for the food. My local warehouse store had a large box of vacuum bags for sale. My extra blankets and linens are in these reusable bags, freeing up an entire linen closet for food storage. Each bedroom is also obliged to store the linen that goes with its bed, with all the sheets that belong in a set tucked into a pillowcase.

    My son (the only boy among a gaggle of girls) also has his own room. Some of his extra space is dedicated to a large shelf filled with cans and boxes.

    A few cases can take up some less than necessary room under a desk.

    Furniture set at an angle has tons of room behind it.

    My youngest children don’t use the space under their beds for anything yet, and putting boxes under there keeps them from flinging toys into that great void.

    Does anyone have any ideas for storing toilet paper in bathrooms that don’t have any cabinets? Aesthetics are negotiable, but water resistance necessary.

    • You can mount a piece of plywood on brackets over your bathroom door and store the toilet paper on it….

    • Diana

      put shelves close to the ceiling unless you or your husband are extremely tall they are not in the way and you can store a lot of tp and hygene products without infringing on your space that you normally use – 

    • Louise

      Put a shelf, just deep enough for one roll of tp and the same distance from the ceiling, along the wall above your bathroom mirror. Store your tp on that shelf inside zipper storage bags. You can tape fabric along the ceiling to cover the tp if you don’t want it to show.

  • Hey Randy, do you have pictures of your cabin? and can you share more of how you guys organize your home with 7 kids??? and anyone else have concerns about the bpa thing that Thea mentioned?

  • Hey Randy, do you have pictures of your cabin? and can you share more of how you guys organize your home with 7 kids??? and anyone else have concerns about the bpa thing that Thea mentioned?

  • Randy

    We’re dang near pioneers! We live in a 15 x 25 log cabin that was built back in 1895 and have 7 children.

    Needless to say space is tight!

    One cool thing we did to increase our space for food storage is this:

    We have a large 8 foot long kitchen table that sits in the corner. All along this corner, instead of using kitchen chairs, we built an L-shaped bench carpeted in such a way that the carpet runs losely down the front of the bench to the floor, but it is cut in 3 to 4 foot segments that can be flapped up for easy access to the space beneath the bench for storing cases of canned or bottled goods. I believe 20 or more cases presently occupy this space.

    This also allows us to fit way more than just our 7 kids around the table too. Wow! Imagine that …food storage and kid storage too! lol 🙂

  • Randy

    We’re dang near pioneers! We live in a 15 x 25 log cabin that was built back in 1895 and have 7 children.

    Needless to say space is tight!

    One cool thing we did to increase our space for food storage is this:

    We have a large 8 foot long kitchen table that sits in the corner. All along this corner, instead of using kitchen chairs, we built an L-shaped bench carpeted in such a way that the carpet runs losely down the front of the bench to the floor, but it is cut in 3 to 4 foot segments that can be flapped up for easy access to the space beneath the bench for storing cases of canned or bottled goods. I believe 20 or more cases presently occupy this space.

    This also allows us to fit way more than just our 7 kids around the table too. Wow! Imagine that …food storage and kid storage too! lol 🙂

  • Richelle

    I glanced through and don’t think I saw this place listed, so if it’s a repeat sorry. But we live in Idaho and don’t have a basement but a 2-3 foot crawl space under our house and that’s where we store ours. You have to put down 2×4’s to keep it off the ground so you don’t have to worry about moisture etc. and it makes it easier to lift, but we’ve been able to store a whole year–for a family of 6 under there. It’s dark, cool and doesn’t go through the extreme temp. changes.

  • Richelle

    I glanced through and don’t think I saw this place listed, so if it’s a repeat sorry. But we live in Idaho and don’t have a basement but a 2-3 foot crawl space under our house and that’s where we store ours. You have to put down 2×4’s to keep it off the ground so you don’t have to worry about moisture etc. and it makes it easier to lift, but we’ve been able to store a whole year–for a family of 6 under there. It’s dark, cool and doesn’t go through the extreme temp. changes.

  • HW

    I live in a small apartment with very little storage and a lot of stuff. I’ve always found that when I go ahead and buy a lot of food storage items when they’re on sale and fit in my budget, I will always find someplace to put them, even if I don’t know where that is when I buy them. I just get more creative, find new places, or stack a little higher when I put my groceries away.

  • HW

    I live in a small apartment with very little storage and a lot of stuff. I’ve always found that when I go ahead and buy a lot of food storage items when they’re on sale and fit in my budget, I will always find someplace to put them, even if I don’t know where that is when I buy them. I just get more creative, find new places, or stack a little higher when I put my groceries away.

  • Wow, these are great ideas. My head is spinning with ideas now!

  • Wow, these are great ideas. My head is spinning with ideas now!

  • Lisa H.

    I have a decorative shelve near the ceiling in my great room. Many houses now have such shelves. On these shelves, I store sugar in number 10 cans. I put decorative wall paper around the cans. In front of the cans I have placed greenery and white Christmas lights. Several guests have commented on my pretty decorations. They are always surprised to find out it is disguised sugar. I use sugar since it stores for a long time and takes heat well.

  • Lisa H.

    I have a decorative shelve near the ceiling in my great room. Many houses now have such shelves. On these shelves, I store sugar in number 10 cans. I put decorative wall paper around the cans. In front of the cans I have placed greenery and white Christmas lights. Several guests have commented on my pretty decorations. They are always surprised to find out it is disguised sugar. I use sugar since it stores for a long time and takes heat well.

  • I am a professional organizer located in Utah Valley. One of my specialties is Food Storage. I have found that lack of space is usually not the big problem many people think it is. Once I help my clients realize what they value most and why, they typically find or make space for what is important in their lives.

  • I am a professional organizer located in Utah Valley. One of my specialties is Food Storage. I have found that lack of space is usually not the big problem many people think it is. Once I help my clients realize what they value most and why, they typically find or make space for what is important in their lives.

  • Gwen

    Just a thought about those places that are too hot (or cold) for most food storage–salt and sugar can be stored there, so long as they are kept dry. Heat and cold will not affect either of them. We have boxes of extra salt stored in our attic and in a different house, we kept sugar and salt in our garage. It was humid there, so we used buckets to keep the moisture out. Just an idea for areas of your home that you normally wouldn’t consider to use for food storage.

  • Gwen

    Just a thought about those places that are too hot (or cold) for most food storage–salt and sugar can be stored there, so long as they are kept dry. Heat and cold will not affect either of them. We have boxes of extra salt stored in our attic and in a different house, we kept sugar and salt in our garage. It was humid there, so we used buckets to keep the moisture out. Just an idea for areas of your home that you normally wouldn’t consider to use for food storage.

  • WOW, all those places you can store and I have never thought of half of them. Although we are having a new closet placed by our bathroom and I can already see the unusable top shelf being filled with cans. I can’t use anything upstairs in our house as it gets too hot up there, but this top shelf in the new closet is perfect. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas.

  • WOW, all those places you can store and I have never thought of half of them. Although we are having a new closet placed by our bathroom and I can already see the unusable top shelf being filled with cans. I can’t use anything upstairs in our house as it gets too hot up there, but this top shelf in the new closet is perfect. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas.

  • Heidi

    These are all great comments. Remember that in some places (such as here in Arizona), it is not safe to store food in the attic, garage or outside due to extreme temperatures or humidity. Food should be stored in cool, dark, dry places if possible.

  • Heidi

    These are all great comments. Remember that in some places (such as here in Arizona), it is not safe to store food in the attic, garage or outside due to extreme temperatures or humidity. Food should be stored in cool, dark, dry places if possible.

  • Thank you for these great ideas.

  • Diane

    Thank you for these great ideas.

  • These are really creative ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  • These are really creative ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  • Vivienne

    This was amazing!!!! Thank you to everyone for their great ideas!!! I am going to share this at our food storage prep class next month.

  • Vivienne

    This was amazing!!!! Thank you to everyone for their great ideas!!! I am going to share this at our food storage prep class next month.

  • This is GREAT! Thanks.

  • This is GREAT! Thanks.

  • This is a great list and I found several ideas I can use right away! Thank you so much! Oh, how I wish my coat closet didn’t get so humid and musty; I’m afraid to use it as a second pantry/food storage closet, but LOVE that idea!

    Thank you for all those great ideas!

  • This is a great list and I found several ideas I can use right away! Thank you so much! Oh, how I wish my coat closet didn’t get so humid and musty; I’m afraid to use it as a second pantry/food storage closet, but LOVE that idea!

    Thank you for all those great ideas!

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