Location, location, location.
When it comes to where to keep your food storage there are a few things to keep in mind.
Safe from the elements
Wherever you end up storing your food storage you want to keep in mind the elements both weather, moisture, and pests. It’s best not to have your food storage items exposed to extreme heat. (cold is okay, the colder the better actually)
Keep this in mind when storing in places that aren’t insulated such as a shed or garage. Heat can reduce the expiration date of food, and/or make it go rancid.
You also want to keep your food storage away from moisture. All of your food storage should be sealed in air tight containers. If moisture were able to get into food items it will grow mold on them. (use 5 gallon buckets with sealable lids for things like flour, sugar, rice, wheat, etc) Keeping your food storage in air tight containers also helps protect them from pests such as mice, weevils, ants, etc.
And keeping your food storage area clean and organized will reduce the chances of these pests damaging any of your food storage or leaving behind their signatures that they were there.
One of the biggest excuses I hear from people about not having a food storage is they don’t have room.
There is always a place to put your food storage. You can do it!
Rarely do people put useful things under their beds, but it is a perfect place to store cases of food storage, or plastic containers of clothes and other preparedness items.
When I lived in a small 3 bedroom house and we had a family of 6 of us, I was able to store 10-12 cases of #10 cans (6 per case) under each of my kids’ twin size beds. Not only did it give a place for the long term food storage, but it prevented them from shoving things under the bed! Currently we have 20 cases under our master bed.
Other places that are often unused are the top shelf of a closet, above kitchen cabinets, and under hanging clothes in a closet.
If you live in a small home that you don’t think has room for food storage, think about what unused spaces in your house you can utilize and comment which ones you plan to use.
When things are organized you be able to fit a lot more in the same space as you would if they weren’t organized. When creating a place for your food storage start with a clean area, then make a place for each item. To quote my grandma “A place for everything and everything in its place”
If this means you need to get a shelf unit, plastic bins or drawers, install a shelf, put up a shoe organizer, etc. then put that at the top of your priority so as you accumulate your food storage it will have a place to go that is organized and you will be easily able to tell how much of each item you have.
Organization isn’t just about being clean and orderly, it also saves time when you’re looking for an ingredient, or when you need to know how much you have of something. It also saves you money by making sure you’re not buying unnecessary duplicates and you are able to rotate items before they expire which means less possible waste.
So let’s recap the reasons to start off and keep your food storage organized:
- Saves Time
- Saves Money
- Gives ability to store more in the same space
How to organize:
Choose the way to organize that makes most sense to you keeping like kinds together.
- By Size
- By Type
- By Category
- By Frequency of use