Friday, September 10, 2010

Food Storage Room

What started out as a part of our huge basement has now been carved out into a nice little "L shaped" storage room.
Room for piling up construction junk until two weekends ago...
(Looking out into the rest of the basement) Dan and I primed and painted it.  He hung some nice lighting up as well.
We let the boys help paint the concrete wall side, they thought that was great fun! Almost as fun as arranging the cans.  Graham helped for all of 10 minutes.  Greg stuck with me to see every can perfectly facing forward.  He is for sure my son!
Dan laid carpet and padding down that my friend Kjersten had given us as scraps so my feet won't freeze in the wintertime.  We bought 4 more CostCo shelves to hold our stockpile/food storage down here thanks to his bonus from work last week!
Going into the original cold storage space...
Still a work in progress, but at least the food is kept separate from all my dishes and odds and ends.  
Looking back towards the new part...the one wall will just have bins stacked of the kids clothes, etc.  

You have NO idea how excited I am for this!  
My pantry upstairs in the kitchen is just tiny so this affords me the extra space to put our food storage.  I know this is a foreign concept to some but I love having extra food, toiletries etc. on hand, especially during the winter months so I don't have to head to the store with three children in the snow!  
And the best part is....NOTHING in my food storage/stockpile cost me more than $1.00!!  I am really into using coupons and have done all of this while bringing down my grocery bill from $600 a month to about $200 or $250 per month for a family of five!!  
Just by combining using coupons with sale prices.

Linking up as promised to Chris's party :


32 comments:

Fritzi Marie said...

Pretty Lady,

YOU have been busy. I never would have imagined that my Kristen friend (who I met in a dingy dorm) would have her own food storage room. I am so thrilled and excited for your new basement. I can't wait to see what colors you end up going with. It will be magical. That's for sure.

love you,
Kitty

Twice as Nice said...

Wow when I seen all the ketchup I was wondering what was up!! I would love to know HOW you do all of that with coupons. Would love to see you blog about how to you save so much. We are a family of 3 and I know we spend somewhere around $350-$500 a month in food and that's with hardly any meat!!

Randall @ Happy For This Moment said...

So fantastic. Good organizing just makes me happy!

Chris said...

Oh. my. LORD! This is even more fantabulous than I remember it. Ok. Here's the assignment for the next post. How did you buy everything on a budget? Explain your frugal brilliance! I can't stop looking at everything. Doug just said, "What's so great that you keep scrolling back and forth over?"

Nikki said...

WOW! That is nice.

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Fantastic! I love this!

kjtroxel said...

you had me at "a place to store dishes"!

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

I want to scream and shout! How awesome. I want this space. You inspire me!

Mariesa M. said...

That is soo nice! I'm soo jealous that you have a nice big space inside to keep all your food and clothes storage. My husband is going to build me a food storage room out in our garage. I def. wish I had a basement. Your a lucky girl!

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Very nice! We have a cold storage room too. It is great for all our extra food storage (we shop sales and stock up too.) I'm inspired to paint the concrete walls to brighten it up, and since the hanging lightbulb broke this week, it is time to add a brighter light. Thanks for the inspiration.

Meghan said...

Wow! I'm impressed and a little bit jealous! As a coupon blogger and stockpiler, I'm always looking for inspiration on how to create a better food storage area! Thanks for the inspiration!

ps I love your blog!

rindercella @ neatheringourfest said...

This is wonderful! I wish I had a basement so that I could do something like this - so cool! :D Hopped over from JAG, love both your blogs!

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

What a fabulous storage room for your food! I love it! I love how you have stocked it too with food at super low prices!! You go girl!
Angie xo

Rainy Day Farm said...

Ok, I am pea green with food storage room envy! Your room looks great! I love those costco shelves because they can hold so much wieght. Great job.

circlelinestudio said...

Wow, I'm so envious. That's what I would do if I had a basement. What a great idea.

Nae said...

You. Are. My. Hero. For real. I am green with envy!!!!

lanni said...

wow! this is amazing to me -- i am soooo jealous. last year i was the food storage specialist in my ward and spent tons of time on various food storage sites and blogs and this is probably the best food storage room i have ever seen!

so organized and clean -- i love it!

lanni

lanni said...

wow! this is amazing to me -- i am soooo jealous. last year i was the food storage specialist in my ward and spent tons of time on various food storage sites and blogs and this is probably the best food storage room i have ever seen!

so organized and clean -- i love it!

lanni

Allison said...

Awesome room! The most important room in the house. I love food storage and I love your food storage room!

gigiandoliver said...

You and I would soooo get along! I love have extra food, cleaning supplies, etc. The amount of toilet paper I keep on stock is a running joke in our home. And please don't get me started on organization! Love it!

I only wish I had a basement to really stockpile! Lucky you!

Ginger said...

I just found your blog! Love it!
I am drooling over your food storage space and organization! I miss having basements!

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Megan Passey said...

I saw a link to your blog on couponing to disney. Great job on your food storage! I'm curious where you found your shelving. I LOVE shelving like that but it seems so expensive! Did you get a good deal on the shelves?

Bethany said...

I also came over from Couponing to Disney. I am so jealous of your space! We just have a crawl space and our house is tiny so I have had to come up with some creative storage methods!

Also, thanks for the link to calculate how much to stock. I am heading there next.

Anonymous said...

I love browsing your website for the reason that you can constantly get us new and cool things, I think that I must at least say thanks for your hard work.

- Henry

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I wanna to decide some of questions in this area. Could u help me to do it?

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas! Let the new year will bring a lot of money

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monkeyDluffy said...

This is a really great tool. It is especially good since we live in Florida.
freeze dried food suppliers sell storable food

Carmen said...

I linked over from Pinterest and just want to say it's WONDERFUL! You bought the perfect shelves. I don't keep cereal because my kitchen is too small. Good job.