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Some bright ideas for stockpile storage

Now, where do we put all of this stuff? My cousin started Super-Couponing last year. He is single and lives in a one-bedroom condominium where space is at a premium. I've watched with great interest as he has come up with some of the most creative places to store his stockpiled items! He's utilized under-bed boxes and drawers for everything from cereal to canned goods. Another often-overlooked place that he's embraced is the space above his kitchen cabinets. If you have open soffits, there is a lot of space up there that just sits unused. As a single guy, he doesn't mind the visuals of having jars and bottles stored on top of his cabinets. If this bothers you, you could always camouflage them. Someone in a recent coupon class told me that they keep silk plants on top of their cabinets for aesthetics and for a very practical reason. Behind the plants are cans of soup and jars of peanut butter!

Furniture can be a great place to "hide" stockpile items. Many people have re-appropriated old armoires, china cabinets or buffets to store stockpile items inside. Kept in the dining room, they're still close to the kitchen and can give you some overflow space to store more items.

Don't feel like your stockpile items have to be limited to the kitchen area. During one good sale, a friend of mine filled her son's bedroom closet shelves with boxes of cereal. I know one couple that decided to keep their sheets and towels in their master closet to free up the linen closet for use as a pantry. Clear plastic storage totes are good places to store stockpile items, too. They stack well and can sit on the floor of a closet.

Even in a warm climate, you can store non-food items in the garage. Paper products such as paper towels, plates, toilet paper, facial tissue and napkins all store well on garage shelves.

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