Have you ever wondered how the heck I store a month of groceries in our home? Well Pearl, I’m letting you in on a few of my secrets in today’s monthly food storage post.
I want you to know exactly how we store a months worth of groceries in our tiny home so you can be inspired to make room in your own home. Just to clarify to you, a monthly haul includes anything that can last in the fridge, freezer or pantry for 30 days!
These tips will work for anyone, even those with a small kitchen space, because as you can see in the video, we don’t have a PANTRY 😱! Real life, real life, real life, lol!
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Monthly Food Storage Tips
Get rid of packaging
It’s amazing how much space packaging takes up when you’ve got a small kitchen. You might think it looks neater to leave food in their boxes (all those Costco boxes!), but it actually takes up a lot of space. Plus, as you’re eating the food you need less and less space. Make sense?
I highly recommend storage containers from the dollar store! You can find cute colors. Pick one color to stick with in your kitchen for a cohesive look, and then fill em up. We only needed about 8 or so, that’s $8 for storage!
Label storage containers.
Do your kids have cabinet amnesia like mine? If I don’t label things, stuff ends up everywhere. Cute labels will make things easier to find in the bins, but you won’t have to look at the mess. Win win!
Store like items together.
Keep all similar food item types in the same cabinets. Snacks in one, pasta in another. Obviously if you have large cabinets you can have a couple kinds of similar things together.
Having a system of where things go that makes sense in your mind, will save you so much anguish when you’re unloading the 8567598 boxes you got at the store!
Get creative with where to store things.
Okay I might not be proud to admit this, but we store overflow snacks in an under the bed storage box. No midnight snack jokes allowed.
Seriously though, since it’s been so hot in our garage this summer, I haven’t been able to keep things there so under the bed they go. Well, a lot of times that box doesn’t end up under the bed per-say, but you get my drift.
Stock up on things you can freeze.
A few weeks ago I shared some tips on how you can save money before you even leave on vacation. In that post I shared a list of items you can freeze that you might not even thought of. Here are some ideas to get you started!
- Lunch Meat
- Cheeses, sour cream, butter. (shredded comes out great… cream and brick cheeses not as well but still works)
- Chop up veggies like bell peppers and onions to freeze
- Fruit can also be chopped up and used in smoothies
- Cooked foods like hamburger patties and bacon
What tips and tricks can you share for how you store food in your tiny kitchen?