We Heart Pinterest Day 7: Meal Planning/Organizing and Saving on Groceries

Budgeting, Organization, Pinterest, Recipes, Three Month Supply
Since we LOVE Food Storage, and LOVE Pinterest (see post here), each day until February 14th, we'll be showing you some of our favorite Pinterest boards and neat things we have found and have pinned there! It's so great to see and share what others have done. Today we are highlighting two fun boards, the Meal Planning/Organizing board and the Saving on Groceries board. On our Meal Planning/Organizing board we are gathering great ideas for helping you to organize your recipes and plan out your meals. This can be very helpful for day to day cooking as well as for planning your three month supply. The Saving on Groceries board is full of tips on how to reduce your grocery spending so you can have more money left to buy…
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We Heart Pinterest Day 1: Food Storage Shelves and Pantries

Organization, Pinterest, Shelves
Since we LOVE Food Storage, and LOVE Pinterest (see post here), each day until February 14th, we'll be showing you some of our favorite Pinterest boards and neat things we have found and have pinned there! It's so great to see and share what others have done. Today we are highlighting our Food Storage Shelves and Pantries board. Oh how we love to look at other people's pantries and Food Storage ideas. When Julie goes to the parade of homes, she spends most of her time in the pantry, and food storage rooms at model homes. To see the whole board, click here. PIN 1: This BEAUTIFUL food storage room. What we love most about it, is that they used the empty space through the middle of the room. So…
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Kitchen Organization and Cleaning Tips

Cooking From Scratch, Non-Food Items, Organization
If you're REALLY using your Food Storage, then you're probably cooking a lot and getting your kitchen dirty. Cooking from scratch requires so many ingredients and steps, that it can really turn your kitchen upside down. When I think about days where I don't feel like cooking, more often than not its more that I don't feel like cleaning up after. Here is a picture I texted Jodi awhile back and the caption was: "THIS is why I hate cooking today". This was the less embarrassing then the other side of the counter. Here are some tips to keeping your kitchen organized, and clean to make cooking more enjoyable: Keep your kitchen sink clean (and empty): While you're cooking, if you quickly wash dishes as you use them, you'll end…
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#10 Cans and 5 Gallon Buckets: How Much Can They Hold?

General, Organization, Shelves
Don't you hate it when you buy your foods in bulk along with some buckets and then end up with one bucket too few when you repackage it all? Or how about when you get your food storage calculator all filled out and it says to buy 600 pounds of wheat and you have NO IDEA how many buckets or cans that equates to? We HAVE come up with a handy chart for you that includes the most common items recommended for long term food storage and how many pounds you can store in both #10 cans and 5 gallon buckets. Please note these are estimates depending on how you are packaging (i.e. using mylar bags or not) Food Item#10 Can5 Gallon Bucket   Wheat5 pounds37 pounds White Flour4.5 pounds33…
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The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 7 (MONDAY)

7 Day Challenge, Emergency Preparedness, Long Term Food Storage, Organization
Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency, or situation that will test at least one of the reasons "WHY" we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, or spending any money for the entire 7 days! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation. Your family and friends are starting to figure out that you have a great food storage. Your mother-in-law (or friend, or grandma, or fill-in-the-blank) just called you this morning and asked if she could come by later today and check out your preps. She is interested to learn how much you have, and how you rotate…
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Jodi’s Three Month Supply Problem

Jodi's Progress, Organization, Three Month Supply
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…
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Blasts from the Past: The Never Ending Job of Organizing

Events, Long Term Food Storage, Organization
Is it just me or does it seem like it's impossible to be FULLY on top of things around the house. One day you get your pantry all organized and think to yourself, this will NEVER be unorganized again - this time is different. Then, a few months later it's a disaster. Something I've learned through building your food storage is that it is a never ending process and you'll always be learning, changing, and RE-organizing. In my beginnings post, I went from a cluttered basement to one shelf and thought my progress was UNBELIEVABLE... Then I bought my water jugs, and I went to my first case lot sale and actually added some stuff to that shelf. I was PROUD again. As I progressed, I kept adding more and…
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Grandma Lori Food Storage Room REVEALED

CanOrganizers, Extreme Food Storage Makeover, Organization
If you're following Grandma Lori's Extreme Food Storage Makeover, you know that last time we left off with a "to be continued" after Julie TEASED you with pictures of the 3 month supply shop. Well now we are showing your the pantry - all organized and BEAUTIFUL! I love making labels... can you tell? Watch the video to see how Grandma Lori reacted when she saw it all put together! These shelves were easy to assemble - Julie's husband did them all - and he's not the handy one ;). They are priced very well and make your pantry oh so cute! NEXT UP: THE SCARY STUFF....LONG TERM FOOD STORAGE...
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Food Storage WAKE UP Call

General, Julie's Progress, Organization, Shelves
With the recent earthquakes, I have been thinking about my food storage and preparedness plan and I'd be lying if I didn't admit I am guilty of a little procrastination over here! It seems like anytime Jodi and I do progress updates, they turn into confessionals, but bit by bit we make improvements and feel much more prepared then when we started our blog! Anyways, as my little picture story will show, I hadn't put my food away since I bought it... ahem ahem over a month ago. I finally got around to it this weekend and I also got around to building (or having my husband build) these awesome cardboard rotating racks from Can Organizer. Check Them Out!(I like the shorter ones for my size shelves, but they have…
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Attic Storage Space

Jodi's Progress, Organization
One of the biggest concerns people have when getting started with their food storage is "Where do I store all of this food???". A while back we posed this question to our readers and we got some fabulous results which we compiled into the Small Spaces Storage Solutions handout. My husband (the handyman who helped us make our first rotating can racks) has come up with a fabulous new storage solution for our house. He was working as an airline pilot for a while and was based in Houston, Texas --- the land of no basements. The apartment that he lived in during his "on days" made use of their ATTIC for storage space. Ever since he stayed in that apartment he dreamed of converting our attic into a functional…
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