Somewhere along the way, we started storing food in the basement. Our little "pantry room" off the kitchen has a small deep freeze, a book shelf, a small wire shelf, and a taller metal cabinet. But we still had cans stacked on the floor around the deep freeze. We eventually started storing food in 2 plastic tote boxes in the basement.
When the tote boxes were full, we had to start stacking cans and bags of food on the floor next to the tote box. This was all near the bottom of the basement stairs which cluttered the area, and also made it very difficult to find what food items we had down there. I recently complained to my husband that I needed some shelves for the basement food-storage. And he quickly complied.
This weekend he built the second large storage shelf, and then turned the middle section of the 3 shelves into a pantry with smaller shelves added. Then he took half of the first shelf, and added small shelves to its middle section.
One of our 3 four-foot-long pantry sections.
Another pantry section, before he had finished the last one.
Now I have a 12-foot-long, 3-shelf pantry in the basement with additional storage for boxes above and below it. Now we can actually see what canned goods we have without moving boxes around, and we can know what cereals or boxed foods are in all those bags! (Just pretend you didn't see the hamburger helper on my shelf ... unfortunately it's one thing most of my family will eat, though I try to limit how often I prepare it.)
Steve does a great job of shopping sales and using coupons. He has always kept our pantry well-stocked and saves us money. It's wonderful to finally have a way to organize all the stored food.
Now to just get the rest of the basement organized. ;)