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Hi all
Once again: sorry for any confusion due to my english skills

I am limited in rooms and free space for storing food at home. We do live in a house but share it with familiars who own the cellar/basement and fully use it. I don't want people to see my storage and as I don't have a separate room, I am using free spaces in several rooms. My idea was to use plastic boxes and spread them somehow invisible all over the house. We do have a lot of dark spots (behind sofa, under sofa, small cabinets for cleaning stuff, etc) where I can put those boxes. We also have some space behind different boards and cabinets.

Is there any recommended way to fill those boxes? At the moment I have some mixed boxes with things like noodles, rice, try fruits, instant meals, etc. So every box is a mix of different food items.

This is a picture of one of my boxes that I am filling up right now:

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Are there any rules I should follow like "don't put x and y together in a box" or "always put X on the bottom and Y on top" or something like this?

Thanks for your input on this :)
 

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I hope I am understanding your needs. I see you are storing foods in their original packaging. So I must ask, how long do you plan on storing these foods? And do you intend to rotate the foods frequently?
I ask because some of the foods will have a relatively short period of time they will remain nutrious, depending on the type of food.

Since I do not know your level of knowledge regarding storage techniques, please do not be offended if I start from my beginning.
I used a similar type of storage, when I began years ago. Since then, I have progressed to very long term storage (10 to 20 years) by repackaging my dry food preps (rice, flour, dehydrated potato products, powdered milk, etc.) into aluminized Mylar bags, using oxygen absorbers to eliminate the degradation of the nutrient value/taste of the food. In addition to oxygen degrading the food, ultraviolet light from sunlight has a similar affect. The aluminized coating on the Mylar helps to eliminate that problem. Obviously foods packaged in cans won't suffer the affects of ultraviolet light. Foods I purchase that are in clear class containers (jelly/jam,pickles, syrup, and home canned foods), that are going into storage for 3-6 years, I wrap with aluminum foil to block ultraviolet light. Semi-transparent containers like storage container in your photographs will not block ultraviloet light, if they are exposed to sunlight. Opaque storage containers will do a better if not adequate job. The one great thing about large storage containers, as in your photos, it ability to stack containers.
I have read on this forum, some people will add blocks or other devices under the legs of beds and other funiture to enable them to slide sorage containers under the furniture to conceal the container.

The little I remember of German as well as most European residences is the small size compared to US residences. Storage space always seemed minimal. I might suggest when purchasing canned foods from stores, to save enough money to purchase an entire case of food, making it easier to store and stack. From my experience, the type of containers in your photos will waste a great deal of volume unless you can find very small item to pack into the crevices. A few of my friends have used stacks of either cartons of food or storage containers as tables next to chairs and sofas, by covering them with a nice fabric throw.
Thanks for your reply. The boxes are in a size of 60 liters each. All food I store is food that we eat in general. When buying those, I make sure they will last a year minimum (only a few exceptions). As I am also some sort of data hoarder (I scan every letter I receive), I do have lists that are synchronized on all my devices (with backups of course) containing all items that I store. So I can always check the dates and see how long everything will be good. Once something getting close to the "best before" date I take it off and we eat and replace it.

I already have a big amount of stored food in our kitchen that we eat. So whenever something is getting too old, I take it out of my prepper storage and into my kitchen storage. So its a rotation of prepping and using in daily life. New items go into my prepper storage and older ones into kitchen.
 
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