Where To Store Your Food/Year Supply

Where To Store Your Food/Year Supply

There is space hidden all over your house that could be a potential home to your food storage. Realistically, your food may be stored any place where correct storage conditions exist. Look for cool, dry places that generally remain under 70 degrees, if possible.

Here are some ideas to get your brain juices flowing…

For your everyday food supply:

  • Basements (generally the coolest place in the home, but not always dry!)
  • Closets (especially those in guest bedrooms, offices; walk-in closets are great!; see about adding shelves in any under-utilized closet space to create more room)
  • Wall Space (you can easily add bookshelves, armoires, or other decorative shelving to extra wall space to create a storage location; if it’s not very attractive, you can hang a curtain in front to hide them from view)
  • Behind the couch (you can create long rotating shelves that are disguised to look like a sofa table and place it up against the wall. Click HERE for a cool video on this.)
  • Under Beds (Be careful with this for everyday food. You have to make sure your food is easily accessible! The use of an ‘under the bed drawer’ would make it possible so that you can pull out the drawer and easily access and rotate whatever food is stored there.)

For your long-term food supply (items in #10 cans, etc that you don’t access regularly):

  • Under Beds (this is a great location for foods you don’t plan to be accessing regularly. I keep my ‘extra’ wheat, rice, oats, beans that are in #10 cans here. If the beds are too low, you can raise them on supports.)
  • Attic (only if well-insulated to maintain proper food storage conditions)
  • Basements (again, generally very cool, but make sure it also stays dry)
  • Garage (and again… only if proper food storage conditions can be maintained. This generally is not an ideal location, however.)
  • Freezers (freezers will definitely prolong shelf life and can help keep things that would go rancid at room temperature. Just be sure you aren’t relying on the foods that are in the freezer for life sustaining purposes in case the power were to go out.)
  • Under The Stairs (if you’ve got stairs, there’s usually a crawl space or even closet under it. See if that can be utilized by adding shelving or other systems.)
  • Create End Tables (create an end table by stacking #10 cans or your food storage buckets, placing a large table-top sized plywood circle on top, and then draping a beautiful floor length tablecloth over the top. Put a nice lamp on top and no one will ever know your end table is really food storage!)
  • Existing Tables and Furniture (any tables or furniture with legs will have some space underneath it. If the space is large enough, store some boxes of #10 cans.
  • Behind The Couch (if you’re not using this space for everyday food, you can use a sofa table up against the wall and hide #10 cans under it. Depending on the size of the table, you can fit quite a few cans!)

For your non-food extra household items:

  • Attics (it doesn’t even have to be well-insulated if you are not storing temperature-sensitiveĀ items, like toilet paper, paper towels, etc.)
  • Garages (same as above)
  • Basements (but only if you’ve got plenty of room for all of your food first. Don’t waste good food storage space on non-food items if space is at a premium.)
  • Under Sinks (this is good for extra cleaning supplies.)
  • Linens Closets
  • Chests, Trunks, or Cabinets

I hope this helped to get some ideas going! Good luck!

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