Last year we started a pantry closet and I think it was one of the best organizational things we did last year. I know everyone doesn't have a spare closet but it is a good idea for everyone to create some kind of space for extra storage. With an area like this you can take advantage of special deals and buy extra with coupons and have a space to store everything. It is also important to have things in easy-to access areas so you can just grab items to use for a quick meal. I also like the fact that I just have to take a quick look to locate items I am low in before shopping.
One storage idea would be to add a set of shelves in your garage to store extra items. Be careful in times of extreme weather, not to store things that can be damaged by heat or cold. Shelves in the basement can be a great option, too.
The problem I sometimes have is just putting something into the closet to get it out of the way. I have junked up so many closets and drawers that way.
I have really enjoyed having my own little stock of groceries and cleaning products. Most of the items are buy-one-get-one deals. I usually use coupons, too, so they are really good buys, but the best thing is that I don't have to run to the grocery store at the last minute because I am on my last roll of bathroom tissue. That is a great thing.