Storage - for our stuff or for food - we all need it. I constantly hear that people that live in small spaces have no room to store extra food or supplies. If you get creative, you can have extra storage! Today - it truly is important!!!!! I also hear, well I live close to shops and stores and I can get what I need weekly. That may not be the case as much today. Supplies are lower in many places, and some shops are closing, and some are just not having 'in person' shopping. Prices go up each and every day - so if you wait to buy - you will be spending a lot more money!
The normal EXTRA spots are under the beds and under and behind couches and chairs. Great spots.
There is also those hanging shoe racks that you can put behind doors - great for all kinds of smaller items and toiletries and H & B and even small packages.
I have seen people place very shallow shelves behind doors, that are the perfect size for cans.
How about under stairs? You can get very creative with that. That has always been a wasted space in homes and there is no need for that. My Mom used to keep most of her home canned goods in that space under the stairs!
Add extra shelving to your existing pantry. I did this and it helped a lot.
Utilize suitcases or baskets or totes. Old armoires or chest of drawers. You can fill 5 gal. buckets with goods and stack in a corner. There are ottomans that open for storage - a great place to store out of sight.
If you have a basement you can even get creative there. Use the rafters!!!!!
Make a false floor in your closets! Place cases of goods in the closet floor and then cover with cardboard and use as normal. Those dark recesses in closets are great as well.
I added extra shelves to my closets. Each closets had one shelf and it was a good 3' to 4' from the ceiling. So I added another. You could also just place several milk crates or something similar on the shelf you have (opening of crate facing out). Store in them and on them!
Do you have space between your cabinets and the ceiling? Use pretty containers - baskets or pretty bins and store up there as well.
Not only do we need extra storage areas, but we may need to hide valuables as well. A spot to hide some cash or nice jewelry. Keep some food jars and use them. I like the idea of a mayo jar - (with label) cleaned and painted white inside - place valuables in it. Place on a shelf. Pack in plastic (vacuum seal) and place in freezer.
Use a canning jar or any jar for that matter. Place a TP tube in the center and then pour pasta, rice, beans, whatever you want around it. The tube can then easily hide cash or small valuables!
You could use half gallon or gallon jars as well. Place your objects in plastic or a small box in the center and then cover with dry food goods.
I saw someone on FB show how they store ammunition so that it is somewhat hidden. They use old Velveeta boxes! You can use any kind of food boxes or crates or baskets. I have an antique crate that is setting out as decoration - it has ammo in the bottom and then there are pretties and books stored on top of the ammo.
I know we have talked about this before. We have new folks reading and we all need reminders that we CAN find spots to store and prepare as needed. Times are tough right now and we all need to have extra goods on hand. You may NOT always be able to get to a store or even afford the product. Stock up and keep as much as you can now.
Don't say you don't have room - just GET CREATIVE!!!!!