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Spring has sprung and now we all seem to be busy cleaning up and organizing our homes. What better time to find space for home food storage? If you have a large home with a spare bedroom, you have the perfect place to store as many preps as you’d like. But many people don’t have much space available, let alone an entire room.

With my small apartment, I’m one of those. I do, however, have a large hall closet to empty out and some junk to haul off to the thrift shop. I can put that space to much better use by stacking a few plastic bins of food and other emergency preparedness items in there. When you order emergency food from eFoods Direct it arrives in nifty plastic bins that are perfect for stacking in a closet. Look around your own home and think about which of your closets has unwanted, unneeded, obsolete or broken items that you really don’t need to keep — just take them out, give the closet a good vacuuming, perhaps spray it with bug spray and you’re set!

Another place many people don’t immediately think of for food storage is under beds. I’ve kept some miscellaneous foldable flat items under my own bed for years, along with extra serving pieces for the set of china I have but rarely use (no doubt a familiar story) that I keep inside a long storage box with a lid. I can easily move those items into my large bedroom closet and use the two handy flattish storage boxes to hold a large number of Mylar or zip bags of emergency food.

If you don’t have anything stored under your bed right now, just vacuum out those dust bunnies (admit it — you have them, too). Then pick up an under-bed storage box or two at your local warehouse retailer and put that space to good use.

Many people will probably consider storing their emergency food in the garage because, well, that’s where they store just about everything. While it may be tempting, this can be a bad idea. In summer, it’s not uncommon for temperatures inside garages to soar to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. In my area, where daytime highs can approach 120 degrees in the summer, those same garages can get up to 140 degrees. That spells disaster for food, no matter how it is stored.

Garages can also easily develop rodent and insect problems that will ensure that your food isn’t available for your own use when you need it — somebody else will beat you to it. If your garage is insulated and somewhat climate-controlled, then and only then is it a reasonable location. You will, however, still have to figure out how to keep the mice and cockroaches at bay.

If you have a basement, it can be a wonderful place for storage of your emergency preparedness items, but you’ll need to be wary of the possibility of flooding. Before putting any food storage supplies in your basement, make sure your sump pump is in good working order. Keep your food in plastic bins rather than cardboard boxes and store well above the basement floor on wood pallets or storage shelves in case a flood does occur. If you live in a flood-prone area, though, a basement is not a good choice for storing anything of value.

When you have finished your spring-cleaning and have a pile of unwanted items, you might want to hold a garage sale or sell them via an online auction or classified ad to raise money to beef up your emergency preps. You’d be surprised how valuable one man’s junk can sometimes be — I know that I was pleasantly surprised at how much I got at my garage sale when I downsized from a house to the apartment a few years ago. Looking at clutter-filled rooms and closets can be quite stress inducing, and when you replace your junk with life giving emergency food storage, you’ll find that unwanted stress replaced by peace of mind.

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