Part of thrifty shopping means grabbing deals when they are on sale and you have coupons. That might mean buying multiples of your family favorites to use in future weeks. Your meal planning can be as advanced as 4 months from now. As we save more, we accumulate more discounted groceries that are shelf stable. That means you need to find creative spaces for storing all your surplus goods.
1. Under the Beds. Use pull out boxes to push storage foods under the beds, or under large couches or chairs.
2. Use the backs of closets.You may need in the front of your closet, but the back portion is rarely used.
3. Over the door organizers.The back of the bedroom door is not seen by too many people and can easily hold supplies.
4. Under your table.Yep, people place small drop down shelves under the kitchen table to hold a few things.The center of the table can host a 8” shelf by 5” depth without interfering with knees or chairs.
5. Beneath the Stairs.Stair drawers are becoming very popular for storage.
6. Above Drop Ceilings.I’m always hoping to find a stash of cash in the ceiling, but odds are more in favor of canned goods.
7. Look higher on the walls!Can you add a cabinet closer to the ceiling?Or a shelf that runs high in a pantry or closet?If you do not need to get up there often, higher spaces are great for storage.
8. Inside furniture. My family room couches have tons of space under the seats, and there is even a support beam already in place.
9. In bags, suitcases and unused purses.We all have bags in the closet, use them to store your extra goods.
10.Under floorboard storage is fantastic for hidden storage.You can also add bungee cords to basement floor boards and store goods overhead.
11. In Smaller Packages.So many products are half box! Can you unbox some goods and combine into one package?
12. Above the Refrigerator.This is an excellent place for back up paper goods.Plates, napkins, towels and even disposable baking pans.
13. In a Tidier Pantry. Take it all out and reorganize!You will have extra space for a few nuggets.
14. Above the Cupboards.I store cookie jars on top my cabinets, and in a pinch, a few canned goods.
15. In the Corners.We all have a couple corners just sitting there.Use 5 gallon food buckets or freebie deli buckets (my favorite since they are free).
16. On Bookshelves. Put some casters on the bottom of a bookshelf and you can place several thrift store book cases right up next to one another.Any extra closet space, basement space or attic area can hold a lot of storage when you place them on casters.
17. In Space Bags. Put lightweight foods inside large comforter bags, or purchase Space bags. These are great for storing stocks of chips, or bagged products.
18. Under the Sink.If you can add a shelf to your cabinet, you can double your storage capacity.If you’re in a pinch and don’t have shelf organizers, a board on top of a couple boxes will do.