So, I'd like to offer a bit of encouragement and show you a few of the places I put my food storage. I should note that this is the way my closets look. No cleaning was involved here - I opened the door and snapped the picture. (I think the statement about the lack of cleaning the closets will be obvious when you see the pictures of them for yourself!)
Now, just for clarification, this does not include the items I am currently using in my pantry. While I do have some food storage in my pantry (most of it spices), the majority of my food storage is somewhere else in the house. Let me show you some of the places I put it.
The majority of my stuff is here, under the stairs.
I have a door to the space under the stairs. It has a concrete floor but I placed plywood over the concrete. What you see here is the food I have stored on the plywood. The boxes to the right hold Number 10 cans full of freeze dried vegetables, fruit and meat. There are five gallon buckets of varius types of wheat in the back with some food on top of them like mayonnaise and peanut butter. Since all good food storage programs should also include water storage, on the left you can see some of my water boxes. It should be noted that it is not necessary to purchase containers for your water storage, you can use old soda bottles (two liter) that have been cleaned. I know a lot of people who store water this way.
Here are some additional five gallon buckets of wheat. This closet is where we store our winter coats during the summer.
Up on top of this closet is where we store our first aid supplies.
I also use my book shelves for storage of canned foods. Here is one of my bookshelves with a close up of what is behind the books.
To keep it all straight, I have a food storage binder with everything listed in it.
Most of the time, I can find what I want when I need it. However, I must say that sometimes it is a workout removing all the boxes to get something out of storage when it is in the box on the bottom. Someday, I hope to have a room dedicated totally to food storage!
Where are you putting your food storage? Let us know in the comments!