We all have some kind of pantry. It may be cabinets, a 'real' pantry, ender the bed storage, a room turned pantry, the basement, the garage, closets.......... Then we have freezers. Medicine cabinets. Health and beauty supplies. Cleaning and laundry. Pet needs. There are all kinds of parts to our pantries.
How do you keep inventory? Or do you? I think we can all use some new ideas.
As far as my pantries - I just kind of know what I have. My organization helps me stay on top of things for the most part. Oldest items to the front and newer to the back. Helps to ensure that I use things up. (Not always a guarantee!). Sure, sometimes things get shuffled around and I lose track. I find them and 9 times out of 10 - they will still get used, regardless of the 'best by date'.
I keep a 'sort of' inventory of the freezers. I start out gang busters when I clean and straighten the freezers - I have a pen and paper and make a great inventory list. THEN within a short time - that goes by the wayside and I back to sticking things in where they fit!!! Yes I do.
I try to keep freezers sorted by beef, chicken, pork and veggies. It starts out great when first cleaned - then...............eh, sort of goes to heck!!!!! So I dig arounnd.
In the actual pantry and dry goods over stock area - I keep like items together and make decent categories. I keep spices together, soups, beans, tomato products, baking, fruit, dried beans and rices, you get the idea. Like items together and then try to rotate.
Most paper products (basically TP) is stacked downstairs or in a closet upstairs. I have a hall closet that contains medical stuff and all my extra health and beauty items.
What kind of organization do you utilize? What is your system?
Do you find it easy to 'shop' at home? I think that is so much fun! When I run out of something, I know right where to go to get extras. No need to go out and spend money. That is one of my great satisfying moments!!!!!
My goal this month, is to stay away from the stores. The garden is starting to come on with fresh items, and heaven knows I have more than enough food and supplies on hand to take of my needs and probably yours for a long, long while.
I tend to go shopping when bored. I spend IF I go - so I need to stay home for a while! We will see how that goes - sometimes I just need a 'get out of the house' fix - but then I spend. I guess that is OK, as I do use what I have and share when I can.
Let's share ideas on keeping your inventory and knowing what you have. Organizational ideas are always welcome as well. We can all use some new ideas and tweaking of how we do things.
Look forward to what you all have to share!!!!