Can Storage

Canned goods offer a way to save cash, preserve foods for longer of periods of time, and stock up in case of an emergency. When you don’t have the proper can storage things can get out of hand quickly. With the following options however you’ll easily be able to turn things around creating organized and easy to use spaces.

Does This Sound Familiar?

Most people stack their cans one on top of another in their cabinets, pantry,  or on their counter top.  Unfortunately vertical can storage is totally inefficient. The cans placed in the front always end up blocking your view of what is behind them.

And when you have to shuffle things around to find what you want, it wastes time and cans often end up falling. These can become dented or damaged themselves and heavy ones can damage your counters, appliances, floors, or worse land on your feet.

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A simple can storage rack can go a very long way. These are designed so that the cans are organized in a horizontal fashion allowing you to instantly see what you have, what you need, and makes finding things fast. Many racks are set at an angle so that when you remove a can, the ones behind it will roll down and take its place.

This is a very smart concept. When you buy new cans they are added on top or behind depending on the model. That means that you will be receiving your cans in the order which in which they expire, so the older cans first. This often advertised as “first in first out can storage.” By using a rack like this you will be helping to make sure you don’t waste any money on food that has to be thrown away later because it has expired.

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Racks come with different capacities so they are able to hold different amounts of cans and some will also have dividers so that you can store cans of multiple sizes. But of course you will want to take a look at the individual model since some are designed more for food and soup can storage than for things like soda.

You can also find racks that are designed to be stacked on top of each other to save extra space. Most racks are made from sturdy steel wire or heavy plastic so that they can support the weight of many cans without bending.

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A can organizer is another choice. These are made from clear plastic so you see right inside. Unlike racks they are used to hold a handful of cans instead of a large amount. If you have a space that won’t fit a rack you could always purchase a few organizers instead. You may want to organize your cans by size or what’s in them and use one organizer for each type.

Depending on what you need there are models that allow you to store your cans vertically or horizontally. Since they are smaller, organizers are often used for cabinet or pantry can storage but can also be used in places like the fridge with items like soda. Like with other options you’ll want to make sure the specific organizer you are considering will fit the size cans you will be using them to hold.

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Can Dispensers

Most often these are designed specifically for soda can storage. But of course they could work too for cans of other things that have the same dimensions. They are made from wire or plastic and are designed so that when you take the first can out gravity forces the next can forward. This ensures you always have a can that is within easy reach.

Dispensers are often used in the fridge so that your beverages are kept cold but work many other places too. Some models are even designed with handles so that you can bring and carry cold drinks with you to outdoor events with ease. For extra storage you may want to consider one that has a flat top or rack above it which will allow you to place extra or larger cans on top vertically too.

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There really is no need to waste any time with DIY can storage solutions since most of the options listed above work so well, are simple, and wallet-friendly. You could find storage racks plans online or attempt to create your own of course but that’s like trying to build a better mousetrap.

With these choices you can quickly organize all of your cans and keep them that way for good. You may even want to incorporate more than one depending on your needs and the space you are working with.

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