- Basement junk making it difficult to reach long term food storage buckets
- Bags of groceries dumped on the floor BESIDE the shelves
- Canning supplies scattered in multiple places
- Shelves for 3 month supply are hard to access, hard to see, and hard to reach
My big excuse is that I had a baby 7 weeks ago. So for probably a good 5-6 months I avoided going down to the storage area like a plague. My sweet hubby would refill my containers upstairs with my long term foods. And my sweet 5 year old son would run down and grab cans of veggies or soup when I needed them for a recipe.
The problem could no longer be ignored when I sent my son down to grab a can of tomato soup for a recipe. He told me there wasn’t any. I didn’t believe him, because I should have at LEAST 10 cans down there. The soup is normally on the left shelf (see above) so I had to navigate around that junk to look for the soup. To my dismay there WASN’T any TOMATO SOUP. UGH! This is not supposed to happen to me.
- A complete reorganization of my storage space
- Elimination of space hogging (and leak-prone) water jugs
- Discarding of multiple foods items that were long past expiration
- Re-inventory of my three month supply spreadsheet
Once I had reorganized and catalogued my foods I realized how much I had depleted my storage over the past months. My “three month supply” was more like a partial 2 week supply plus a billion stewed tomatoes and mandarin oranges.
- Print out my list of “Need to Buy” items
- Use Deals to Meals (LOVE THEM!) over the next few weeks to catch the items when they are on sale
- Put foods straight onto shelves as I purchase them
- Fill up my new water storage boxes
- Buy or build more Can Racks as needed to improve rotation
- Buy better shelves some day (these are second hand and kind of odd-sized)
- Keep stocking up on my long term food storage now that I’m using it so much!
We quite often get asked to see an example of a filled out sheet, but I’ve always been a little embarrassed to share what we eat. I’ve finally overcome my fear and I’m willing to share. Hope it is helpful for you!
-Jodi Weiss Schroeder