Posted on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 7:00 am
Creating a stockpile is a good way to save money. Some people become almost “addicted” to stockpiling groceries (and other household products). What can you do when your stockpile outgrows the space you set aside for it? Here are a few ideas for stockpiling in small spaces, and finding new places to store your stockpile.
Under the beds
Get some of those cardboard “under the bed boxes” or some plastic totes. At least one of these options should fit under your bed. The plastic totes, with air-tight lids, can hold scented products like deodorants, shampoos, conditioners, and all kinds of soap.
On the back of the door
Repurpose a plastic, pocketed, shoe holder into a place to store some of your stockpile. It hangs on the back of any door, has see-through pockets, and holds a lot of stuff. Use it to store packets of gravy, spices, and flavored rice. Open the boxes of instant oatmeal, and store the packets in this holder. You can also store small packages of coffee, tea bags, and anything else that is small.
Repurposed soda box
An empty box of soda (the kind that holds 12 cans) is a helpful tool for creating more space. Use one box to store cans of soup. This works best if you are someone who stockpiles several cans of the exact same type of soup.
It is also a time saver. Take out the can in front, and the stock automatically rotates forward for you. Stack a second repurposed soda box on top of the first one and you gain extra storage space.
Over the Toilet
Look at all that empty space you can make use of! Pick up one of those pre-made shelving units that is designed to stand up over the toilet tank. Use those shelves to store deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and extra rolls of toilet paper.
Over the Washer and Dryer
You might be able to put up some sturdy shelves over your washing machine and dryer. Those shelves would be a great place to store laundry detergent and other household cleaners. Tall shelves could hold a stockpile of paper towels (or more toilet paper).
Top shelf of the closet
Parents of preschoolers can utilize the top shelf of their child’s closet for extra stockpiling space. Young children cannot easily reach that shelf, so they probably don’t care what goes on it. Store child-safe products on that closet shelf (just in case your child climbs up and gets into them). It is a good place to store family sized boxes of cereals.