Storing Food When You’re Tight on Space

One of the big dilemmas of a typical young family is the lack of space. We currently live in a spacious apartment, (updated: small house with not a lot of storage) but our last place was literally half the size, a studio apartment of less than 500 square feet! Yet, we still had a 3 month supply of food storage. 3 months of food doesn’t have to take up a lot of room. The more you cook from scratch, the less stuff you’ll need. Here are a few ideas for storing your stuff without paying a lot (or anything!) to get the containers.

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Ice cream buckets are one of my favorite containers to reuse. These are storing beans.
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My pantry is small, but it can hold a lot of stuff.
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Reused cocoa containers make good storage for bulk nuts and seeds. The glass jar (top right) used to hold olives. #10 cans hold my baking staples.
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I use a 6-gallon bucket for flour and store reused #10 cans in the back for things like beans that I don’t need to get to very often. It’s not pretty, but no one looks in this cabinet!

Hopefully these ideas will show that storing food doesn’t have to take over your life or house.

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