My Foray Into Food Storage

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My Harry Potter Closet Under The Stairs Is Clean! For Now…

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I don’t know if you remember or not, but when I started this blog, I posted a picture of what my food storage area actually looked like (see original post here).  It is temperature controlled and safe, but it was a MESS!  See?

 

 

*Before* picture of my infamous Closet Under The Stairs.

 

I wanted to keep it real though, so I posted it, as embarrassing as it was.  I also promised that I would eventually clean it.

 

Several weeks ago, I finally did it!  And I took pictures to show all of you.  It’s still packed, but it’s organized in such a way that I can rotate the food I use regularly with my long term storage, which I don’t need to access as often, in the back.  Take a look.

 

After clearing everything out, which was faster than I thought with the help of my boys, I reorganized the entire closet.  First, I put in the things I wasn't planning to rotate right away: my wheat, beans, and other grains.  Next, I organized my dehydrated and freeze dried food.

After clearing everything out of the closet, which was faster than I thought with the help of my boys, I started with a clean slate and reorganized the entire closet. First, I put in the things I wasn’t planning to rotate right away: my wheat, beans, and other grains. Next, I organized my dehydrated and freeze dried food and my “just add water” meals.

 

Then I put in the items I plan to access regularly: my grain mill, honey, flour, sugar, etc.

Then I put in the items I plan to access regularly: my grain mill, honey, flour, sugar, etc.  I also put our “bug out bags” (aka 72 hour kits) in a place we can grab and go, if needed.  In addition, I put some store brand “Sterno” to use as emergency fuel for cooking in an easily accessible place.

 

Then I organized my jams, jellies, and other home canned goods for easy access.  I also used an old book shelf for food I rotate regularly.

Then I organized my jams, jellies, and other home canned goods for easy access. I also used an old book shelf for food I rotate regularly.

 

See?  I also have some of my regularly used supplies on top of the bookshelf (food grade hose, gas shut-off tool, etc), so I can easily access them.

See? I also have some of my regularly used supplies on top of the bookshelf (food grade hose, gas shut-off tool, etc), so I can easily access them.

 

Is it my ideal food storage compartment?  No.  But who has the ideal everything in life?  I make do with what I have, and I’m very grateful to have it.  You may be thinking, “Great!  She’s a crazy prepper!” and will ignore everything I say from here on out.  If so, that’s your prerogative, but there is wisdom in storing food.

 

Food storage like mine has become a thing of the past for most families, but it didn’t used to be that way.  Families used to regularly store food to get through the winter and pantries were rarely completely bare like ours often are now.  We are used to shopping daily or several times a week for food.  Did you know that grocery stores usually stock enough food for 1 day or less for the entire community they serve?  Food storage is vitally important for all who want to eat when things go wrong (tornadoes, snowstorms, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.).

 

As much as I love my readers, neighbors, and friends, I can’t feed you if things go wrong.  Take a minute or two today and evaluate how long you would be able to feed yourselves and your families if the grocery store ran out of food.  Would it be months, weeks, days, or hours? 

 

Make a plan today to get one more day’s supply of food than you currently have and build on that.  If you do this each and every week, in six months, you will have almost a 1 month supply!  If you do it once every other week, you will have a 2 week supply after 6 months.  Plan for the worst, but expect the best.  That’s my mantra.

Do you have any long term storage?  If so, what are your favorite things to stock?

If not, why not?  If you had one, what would you like to stock in long term storage?

 How do you organize your food storage, both long and short term?

 

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Author: Laurie Nguyen

I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 24, 22, 18, and 14. I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie or a chef. But I like food, so I think I'm qualified to write about my own life experience with food. Want to be a little more prepared for the unexpected? Check out my Food Storage Blog, http://forayintofoodstorage.com. Have a question about Food Storage? Email me: forayintofoodstorage@gmail.com.

11 thoughts on “My Harry Potter Closet Under The Stairs Is Clean! For Now…

  1. Great post Laurie. Organizing is always easy for me, BUT keeping things organized is a whole nother story. Lol I’ve outgrown my current storage place, so need to find more room, so thanks for the shove:) HUGZ:)

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  2. The closet looks much larger now that it is organized. Way to go!

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  3. Like your pantry. Nice and neat. My shelves are too wide in my storage area. Just haven’t had the time to take them out and put in regular storage shelving. I love to have a full pantry and freezer too. 🙂

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  4. Great post. I stock up on a lot of dry products like rice and beans. I am a nanny and the people I work for stock up also. They have cabinets of canned beans and dry goods also. It’s a good idea and great for unexpected situations.

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  5. One of my biggest cooking challenges is that most of the stuff we eat requires refrigeration or freezing for long-term storage. Gone are the days when I had a pounds of rice and beans in the cupboard. I can’t eat those foods any more. We keep talking about getting a bigger freezer for more storage, but I’m not sure where we’d put it…

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  6. I do not store huge amounts of anything but I could easily feed the 2 adults in this household for 3 months, possibly longer. We may eat some pretty strange combinations but it would be nutrition to keep us alive. I mostly keep things that are easy to store and/or nutrient dense – dried beans, dried fruit, nuts, rice, quinoa and seeds. I do not keep any wheat products as I eat a gluten-free diet. We also have some bottled and preserved produce from our garden.

    I am certainly not one of the people joining the queues at the supermarket as a storm threatens.

    We are lucky to live in a relatively stable part of the world as far as weather is concerned. No snow, tornadoes, earthquakes. We are in a low to moderate risk bushfire area and can get very heavy rainfall. We could never be flooded but there is a very low risk of being isolated from supplies. Landslips on the mountain behind us are also an unlikely, but possible scenario.

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  7. well stacked Harry Potter closet 🙂

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  8. If you want to keep organizing my closet under the stairs is a mess. You inspire me to keep working at it. Especially I just scored some great deals from a grocery store closing sale.

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  9. Seriously need to look at this, need the 72 hour kit first & something for my pups
    I would have to find some wheat & gluten alternatives and emergency insulin for hubby

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  10. I like what you said and you’re right. Most people I know don’t have food for ore than a few days. If an emergency situation lasted for more than a week, we’d be hungry or starve.

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  11. I’ll be reevaluating my own storage now.

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