If recent world events have proven anything, it is the need to have a good supply of emergency food in your house. Droughts, natural disasters, economic decline, all of these things create problems that could be solved by kee™ping extra food stored in your home. However, while this is easy to do if you have a big house with rooms to spare, it might be a little harder when you live in a small house or apartment where every little space is a precious commodity. However, that does not mean that you have to go without. If you think about it, there are probably more little nooks and crannies in your apartment than you realize. And they might just be perfect for your own food storage.
Hidden in Plain Sight
If you really don’t think you have any space to put anything, you can always create it. The good thing about food storage is that, since you don’t need it every day, you can put it anywhere you like and cover it up. For example, put some food in a crate or box. Cover it up with a tablecloth, and you have an end table that can go anywhere in your house. What about keeping some food under your bed? Or perhaps under the stairs? If you think about it, there are a lot of creative ways to store food right in front of your eyes.
Making it Small
Maybe it’s not about trying to find spaces that are big enough to fit your food, maybe it’s more about making your food small enough to fit in the spaces that you have. There are a few ways that you can do this. One is to carefully select the things that you buy, and opt for more compact options whenever you can. You can also go through the things that you have, and put them into smaller containers, removing any outer containers that are big and bulky. Be careful when you do this, as you don’t want to sacrifice any freshness or shorten the shelf life of an item. Alternatively, you can look into readily packed freeze-dried or vacuum-packed meals that are designed for this very purpose.
Other Places in the Home
You may need to come to terms with the fact that not all of your food will fit in the kitchen. Think about other places in your home that can be used for storage. For example, if you have a clothes closet that is not full, put a few cans in the bottom of it. Or maybe you have a dresser with an empty drawer. You can also store some things (that are sealed tightly) in your utility closet. If you do this, make sure that they are not near any dangerous chemicals.
Items for Purchase
There are also a lot of food storage companies that sell shelving and containers that are designed to make it easier to store food in smaller spaces. Take a look around online, and you might find one that suits your needs.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lee Flynn is a freelance writer and expert in food storage and freeze dried food.