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Monday, September 28, 2009

Home Organization


I've read that setting yourself up to "shop at home" is one of the best ways to keep your food stock fresh (ie: my bin of Y2K food was never touched)...and you tend to lose sight of cans in the back of a shelf.

It's hard to regularly eat what is, shall we say, not always the most desirable food...I know I never go, "Hey, let's eat some canned potatoes tonight! And let's wash that down with some powdered milk! YUM! One winds up eating all of the canned peaches and have a full case of beets. But it must be done sometimes, or your food will be bad when you need it the most.

I had read about vertical stacking of cans, but that required carpentry skills...not my forte :)

I did have a half sheet of 3/4" piece of plywood that fit nicely into the angles of my shelving unit (costco I think)...I could lean it back against the wall. I then took two sections of of metal bedframe and made a 'V', and used pre-existing holes in them to just screw them to the plywood. Realizing that there was some wasted space, and that I needed to store a bunch of square boxes, I took two pieces of of 1X2's and some angle brackets and made a shelf under the 'V'.

When you get new stuff, just spread it along the back, maybe pull a few cans out and 'randomize' them a bit...this picture shows just over 50 cans.

So, now the hard part will be forcing ourselves to eat whatever is the 'first' can at the bottom of the 'can dispenser' ;)

2 comments:

Berserker said...

Nice work!:)
PMZ

One Christian Mom said...

Pretty cool idea! I need to do that. I have a tendency to eat the corn and peas first. Then I have a shelf full of beans or whatever else I was able to get. :) This would keep me "honest" when it came to food storage. If we see the can of kidney beans on the shelf, and really REALLY don't want to eat it, we will know NOT to buy it again, no matter how cheap it was.
Shelli

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