Basement Storage

How To Manage Storage

The basement is a great place to store clothes, seasonal decor, toys, and other non-perishables. The challenge is to organize your storage to leave room for other basement needs and space.

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About Basement Food Storage

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Some days you just don't feel like fighting traffic to get to the grocery store to pick up a bag of flour or a couple of pork chops. Wouldn't it be convenient if you had an area in your home where you could store extra food for just those types of situations? Many homeowners faced with this recurring scenario have converted their basements into spaces for food storage. A basement storage area saves time and energy, while keeping you equipped for any emergency that might arise.

Where to Start

To get started, all it takes is moving out some old boxes and installing sturdy shelves. You might begin by cleaning out a particular corner and filling it with easily preserved items, such as canned goods. You can save money by buying food in bulk, using what you need, and stashing the rest in your basement food storage area. Some homeowners also install freezers or refrigerator systems for storing bulk items that need to be kept cool. A small basement freezer is an excellent way to store surplus amounts of food staples such as meat and bread.

Keeping Your Food Safe

A primary concern for basement food storage is keeping your supplies safe from dampness and contamination. The shelf lives of some foods, such as grains and legumes, depend greatly on the humidity in which they are stored. Consider damp-proofing your basement storage area, or purchasing a dehumidifier to extend the longevity of your foods. Another source of contamination is insect and rodent infestation. You should take precautions to ensure that your food is safely sealed away in plastic or metal containers. With just a little care and minimal investment, a basement food storage area is sure to simplify your already busy life.

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