(For the life of me, I cannot find the pictures I took of us moving! But, here's one we took just a week later, when we celebrated my daughter's second birthday. I know it's not the same thing, but.... here's what we all look like! :)
My husband graduated from the same school as Abbie's, just one year earlier. So, in May of 2010 we moved from Georgia and spent one year in a little apartment in Virginia (near Virginia Beach). Since we were only there for one year, I didn't focus too much on acquiring much food storage; rather, I just saved as much money as I could so that I could stock up quickly after moving into our more permanent home.
Anyway, I loved all of the pictures Abbie shared yesterday of her new home. I took a walk around my home this morning and snapped some pictures of great areas for potential food storage. I am excited for all the possibilities!
First, the laundry room. My "laundry room" is no more than a pass through between our garage and kitchen, but it does the job! And there's actually a lot of empty space that I can utilize for my food storage.
There is a lot of empty space on either side of the dryer - wide enough for #10 cans to be stacked on either side. That is definitely a possibility! I have also been toying with the idea of building something like these shelves with wheels, one for each side (that link is a great tutorial!). What do you think? There are also equal amounts of space on either side of my washing machine.
While Abbie has a lot of food storage space down in her basement, I don't have that option. So, I've been looking up. Look at all that empty space above my washing machine! There is one shelf on that wall, but there is so much wasted space underneath. That shelf could be lowered, and then I would love to see some shelves go up the wall - maybe even three or four more shelves, all the way to the ceiling. Of course, we would have to ensure that they are installed well and sturdy, but I am sure it can be done. Also, I would keep the foods light.... flour, oats, pasta, powdered milk, etc. I could also use those shelves for things like toilet paper, paper towels, medicines, etc. Whatever isn't too heavy. :)
In our master bedroom, we put our bed frame on 7" risers (bought them at Walmart). That is where we currently store all our #10 cans, and I'll be writing a whole post about that in a few weeks.
Another area of potential is in our master closet. Look at all that empty space! I can see a second shelf up there, lined with food storage. What about you?
And finally, this dresser. We have a good sized master closet but it's still too small for this piece of furniture, so it's in our bedroom. However, we don't store any clothes in it because our clothes are in the closet! So, this is a definite option for some food storage.
I am excited to be in our new house, and seeing all these potential food storage spots gets me excited to start stocking up again!