DIY Wall Hanging Canned Food Storage Rotation

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I first discovered this DIY Wall Hanging Food Storage Rotation system this last weekend. Alex sent me an email about it and I loved it instantly! I immediately pinned it! I asked Alex if he would be willing to share this great idea on Food Storage Moms. He said YES! So, here is their story about it:

When my wife, Emily, and I first started our food storage, we made plenty of mistakes. One such mistake happened frequently enough that it started costing us money!

 Can you guess what that mistake was?

First, let me describe our canned food rotation “system.” We had cabinet space in our basement kitchen, so we put the cans in there. We tried to be orderly, but we had more varying types of canned food than we had horizontal storage. So, quickly it became a jumbled mess of cans stuffed onto a shelf all willy-nilly. Without any rhyme or reason to our canned food storage we soon found that the can of garbanzo beans that we KNEW we had, was long since expired.

 So back to the question, “Can you guess what that mistake was?” The answer: disorganization. A lack of a real rotation system meant we didn’t have a solid inventory, and frequently, the oldest can on hand wasn’t the first to be used. This isn’t too big of a deal when you lose one or two cans, but when we started to lose tens of dollars at a time, it became obvious to us that we needed a better way!

 We considered buying commercial canned food rotation and shelving units, and even heard very high praise from my brother on the Shelf Reliance units. At the same time that we were researching this, I was busy fixing up the area beneath our stairs for storage. Standing there with a tape measure, I knew that a shelf would be too wide for the narrow area that I had envisioned utilizing for extra storage. Our only solution was to go vertical, so vertical we went!

I grabbed a few cans, some scrap wood, a tape measure, and a pencil, and started drawing up plans for our “DIY wall-hanging canned food storage and rotation system” (say that 5 times fast.) After some work, and some tweaking, this is what we ended up with:

Our system holds 13 columns of 15 standard size cans for a total of 195 cans, and our total cost was around $60.

We no longer have any issues with losing canned food due to the lack of organization and rotation. Our new system maximized our available space and presented the cans in a way that we could quickly identify and inventory our stores. We aren’t losing money anymore, which makes my wife very happy and if she’s happy, I’m happy.

 If you would like step by step instructions on building your own “DIY wall-hanging canned food storage and rotation system,” I have made a full how-to guide (along with other prepping goodies) available at

Direct-link to how-to:

 For those of you with limited space, vertical storage can be a great way to maximize your food storage capacity!

I hope you find this helpful, and that it saves you some time, money and headache!

 Happy prepping!


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Thanks again to Alex and Emily for sharing this great DIY Wall Hanging Canned Food Storage Rotation System! I love it!

6 thoughts on “DIY Wall Hanging Canned Food Storage Rotation

    • February 27, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Hi Theresa, thanks so much! I will try and make it to the party tomorrow. Am I in the email list? I will go see if I can sign up for your email list. Linda

  • March 11, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Check out the following website. It is a great option for can rotation, especially for those of us who live in apartments and don’t have much sapce.
    Could fit behind a piece of furniture, using little space, while still being able to add or remove cans easily. Hope this might help someone. I enjoy your website and thank you for your efforts.

    • March 12, 2014 at 8:27 am

      Hi Susan, thank you I will check that out for sure! Thanks so much! Hugs! Linda


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