How to Build a Food Storage Room


It's frugal, it's green and it's a sensible investment for the near future of your family. A food storage room can help ease some worries of an uncertain future by ensuring that you'll have enough to eat in the coming months, no matter what your job situation holds. Whether you set aside an extra bedroom or convert a coat closet, building a food storage room is an uncomplicated way to invest a small amount of money in your family's peace of mind.

Things You'll Need

  • Light bulb
  • Broom
  • Mop
  • Mop bucket
  • Floor cleaner
  • Metal shelving
  • Screwdriver
  • Plastic bins
  • Trash cans with lids
  • Blank sticky labels
  • Permanent marker
  • Empty out the space that you have chosen to convert to a food storage room. Check to see if you have a reliable light fixture in the ceiling. Install a strong 100 watt light bulb in the fixture for easy viewing of your storage room contents.

  • Thoroughly sweep and then mop the floor of the storage room. Rinse the floor completely after mopping, to make sure that all of the soap residue is removed. Allow the floor to air dry completely before adding anything else to the room.

  • Line three of the walls with shelves, omitting the wall that includes the door. Use metal utility shelving for strength and durability. If your area is large enough, install one or more rows of shelving in the center of the room.

  • Set a small plastic bin on the shelf nearest the door. Fill the bin with blank adhesive labels and a permanent marker. These items will always stay in the room, so that you have them on hand whenever needed.

  • Stack plastic bins with lids against the wall with the door. Place lidded trash cans in the same area.

Tips & Warnings

  • Bring designated food into the room each week when you buy it and immediately label the packages. Mark the purchase date and the expiration date on each package with permanent marker.

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