Well I got the pantry cleaned/organized a couple of weeks back after College Boy went back to school.
The before shot.............
And the after shot.........
The large paper bag holds my onions and there is a bag of potatoes behind it.
The only exceptions are my dried beans and a bag of sugar which critters might get into if kept in the garage.
In conjunction with cleaning out and organizing the pantry I also thoroughly went through my stockpile of foodstuffs(you know, the shelf stable canned, boxed, bagged, bottled stuff)in the garage, cleaning and organizing that.
It took me 3 full days to get it all gone through and organized again.
Between me just throwing grocery store purchases happenstance on the shelves and College Boy taking items out then changing his mind about eating said items and shoving them into the pantry instead of back in the stockpile, both locations were an utter disaster!!
In progress after Day One of cleaning......items all over my antique sewing machine cabinet, some items still on the floor and only 2 shelves organized.
So I moved everything around and put it all back into some sort of order. Amazingly, I only had to throw out about 10 items that got pushed to the back and forgotten and not eaten before it was safe to do so.
Barbecue sauce from 2010 and a can of condensed sweetened milk from 2007? No thanks! lolz
As I reorganized I also made sure to rotate stock so that "first in" gets used first, going forward. 8-)
Everything can be seen now and is grouped and arranged by "last in, first out". Plus most items are off the floor too(except for those gallon jugs of tea and our "alcohol stockpile" which is a whole other story. lolz
Over the last 2 years we have actually reduced the amount of the stockpile. We have two industrial type metal shelving units(one is pictured above)with 5 shelves on each as well as 3 dinky metal shelving units w/5 shelves each, like they sell at Home Depot. Every single shelf was filled with food/paper/cleaning products!
Now we are down to using 8 of the 10 industrial shelves and 9 of the 15 dinky shelves.
So here is the state of the stockpile.
And these are the items I don't even need to THINK about buying again before 2016--
pie crust mix
canned soup for cooking
canned soup for eating as soup
most spices I use regularly
no-cal sports drinks
chocolate milk drink mix
And on the non-food side of things--
This list is more for me, to refer to in the coming months before I go food shopping, rather than a report to y'all on what I stockpile.
Currently out of in the stockpile----
How is your food storage looking lately?
Do you stockpile goods when you find them for a good price?