Today’s question is from Tanya who says she doesn’t have much space and asked for tips on how to store her stockpile.
I can sympathize. My house is seriously lacking in storage space. I am also paranoid about pantry moths and weevils so I don’t like to keep more food than we can eat in a week or so in my cabinets. Here are some suggestions:
* Remove things from their packaging. It’s amazing how much space this saves. I can fit three boxes of pasta in one decorative jar on my counter. I also use plastic shoe size containers to condense rice/pasta/mixes. This also helps protect them against pesky little bugs!
* Put shelves up wherever you can. In your laundry room, basement, garage, etc… You can get wire shelves many places for less than $10. If you do store in your garage or basement, be aware of items that are susceptible to climate changes, heat and moisture. I only keep laundry detergent, cleaners, and paper products in my garage.
* Use under-the-bed space. My bed is very high and I can easily fit 6 large totes under it. You can also buy bed risers for about $15 at Bed, Bath & Beyond.
* Invest in a deep freeze. We aren’t big meat eaters but I do use a ridiculous amount of frozen vegetables so this is a life saver for me.
The goal is to control your stockpile and not let your stockpile control you. If I get to the point I just have no more room, I start giving stuff away/donating.