This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
Of all the challenges faced by apartment dwellers, the issue of storage seems to be in the top category. It is compounded when you are trying to find spaces to hide emergency supplies. We polled the readers for what methods worked for them and here are the top ten:
Utilize the space on top of your refrigerator – you can store organizers and fill them with canned food, pasta, and other supplies. Also, use the tops of kitchen cabinets.
Build removable shelves above the washer/dryer, inside your closet etc. You can also hang hooks you can utilize for lightweight items. Just make sure you remove them and cover up any holes before you move to another apartment.
Hide in plain sight
Put your preps in antique trunks that can be used as end tables, ottomans or footrests with inside storage, etc.
Utilize all available space
You have space under the bed, on the floor of the closet, under your couch and on closet shelves. Use the extra space in your entertainment center for storing supplies. No one will be the wiser.
Use space savers
Buy a shoe bag and hang it on the inside of your closet door. Those little pockets can hold an amazing amount of stuff. Extra prescriptions, medical supplies, baby wipes, or food. Candy, dried fruits, etc. Whatever you want to store that is small enough to fit and not so heavy as to tear the pockets. Create space over the toilet by installing a removable shelf.
You can hang one on the inside of the bathroom door for extra supplies there too: bath tissue, peroxide, q-tips, etc.
Suitcases and other carriers
Instead of storing them empty, hide your preps in empty suitcases, purses, gym bags – you get the idea.
Nesting within other items
I also store small items in empty pots and pans, covered bowls that are not used frequently.
Make some hiding spots
Use a longer tablecloth over your dining room table and you create hidden storage underneath.
Cover a window with cardboard covered with material to look like a curtain from outside. Then put small shelves in the window, fill with goodies, and hang a curtain over it from the inside of the house. From outside it looks like a curtain, from inside it looks like a curtain.
Use your freezer for water storage
Fill sanitized 2-liter bottles three-quarters full with water and freeze. Fill any extra space in your freezer. A full freezer actually saves energy. As an added benefit, the extra ice helps during power grid failures, as your freezer will stay cold longer. After you use up your other stored water, you can begin using the ice water from the freezer.
Don’t forget your car
You can store your emergency bag or survival kit in the trunk of your car. If you have to leave town in a hurry, you will likely jump in your vehicle so you might as well store supplies there. If you are concerned about storing water in your car, see Should You Store Plastic Bottled Water in Your Car?
Make a list
Since you have supplies throughout the house, it is easy to lose track of all your hiding spots. Make a list of where you are storing everything. This way, when the time comes that you need to access them you can readily find what you need.
I hope this list has given you ideas for finding storage in a small apartment. If you have other hidden spaces, please share in the comments!
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