As you are acquiring extra food storage, where do you put it all? Most typical homes have ample storage space for preps like extra food and water – but you might need to get creative…
Food Storage Locations
It is very important to find locations that will not adversely affect your food storage. Look for places that are cool (at least not hot), dry, and out of direct sunlight.
High temperature is the worst enemy of food storage and will quickly reduce the shelf life expectancy. If you have a basement that is not notoriously damp, it will be an ideal place to store your extra food – it’s always cooler down there. Excessive basement dampness though will rust your cans, seep into cardboard packaging and will ruin foods that are not sealed. You might consider a dehumidifier or find another location.
Find locations where the foods are not in the Sun’s rays at all during the day. Avoid attic spaces because they often get quite hot during summer months.
If space is hard to find, consider unconventional storage locations for your food items. One simple solution is to purchase plastic storage bins that are sized such that they will slide right underneath a bed frame.
The variability in sizes of plastic storage containers will allow you to efficiently and neatly stack and store foods in places like closets, under a table, corners, shelves, behind a couch, under a coffee table, etc. You might inconspicuously cover a few boxes or bins with a blanket or drape tablecloth material over it to cover and hide it in plain sight.
Another consideration is, ‘convenience’. Since successful food storage requires effective food rotation, keeping some or all of your food storage within easy access will help to maintain that practice.
Maybe your home has lots of clutter and ‘stuff’ that you don’t need or don’t use anymore – especially in locations like your basement and closets which tend to collect things that you don’t use often. You might clear some of it out and get rid of it to make room for food storage and such.
Water Storage Locations
Depending on where you live, and your proximity to a natural water source, you should consider storing some amount of drinking water (minimum 1-gallon per person per day). It’s easy to do. You can clean and use plastic ‘soda’ bottles, you could simply buy a bunch of bottled water (expensive), you could buy purpose-built water storage containers (they’re typically colored blue and are ‘food grade’), or you could even use food-grade 5-gallon buckets with gamma-seal lids.
Remember though – water is heavy – about 8-pounds per gallon. Where could you store these water containers? Wherever you can… Try to keep it away from heat and sunlight.
Water storage locations could include the bottom of a closet, in the corner of a spare room, in the basement (ideal since it is cool there), or hidden in plain site if covered with something.
Note: Your hot water heater is full of potable water – usually 40 gallons or more. They all have a drain spigot on the bottom if you need to access it.
Be creative if you have to. If your living space is limited, you can still find ways to store extra food and water.
What are some of your ideas for food and water storage at home?