So, you have a food stockpile or are currently working on one. But you aren’t sure how to organize it. You want it to look nice, but also be functional. You want to make sure you are eating the food by their expiration dates. Otherwise, you waste food and money.
How to Organize Your Stockpile
Replace Food After Use
In order to keep your food fresh, it’s best to rotate the food as you eat it and replace it. Since this pantry is helping you extend your grocery budget by having extra food around, it is important to replace the food in increments.
Either as part of your regular grocery trip or as part of a sale. Of course, you need to know what you are buying. This is one reason why you need a food stockpile inventory list.
Keep a Food Inventory List
This isn’t a one and done deal. Your list needs to be constantly evolving to make sure you know what has been eaten so you can replace it, what you have left, and what needs to be eaten if it is something that is expiring soon. You can write your list with a pencil and paper (old school, but effective). Or you can create a spreadsheet to add and subtract items.
What You Should Include in Your List:
- Shelf or place where the item is located
- The expiration date of each item or group of items (if including groups of items, write down the number of items in the group)
- Running tally of the number of items
- Number of the item used and the date
How to Use Your List:
This food inventory list will help you to shop to replace the items you have eaten. Every time you buy a replacement item, you will add it to your stockpile by placing it in the back of all the other like items. This will ensure the longevity of your food, so you can be provided food security for you and your family.
There are different ways that you can arrange your stockpile.
- Alphabetical Order
Self-explanatory, but you would organize all your items by alphabetical order. Which could mean that the same types of items might not be grouped together. This could make finding things easier.
But it could become a problem if you are the type of person where this would drive you crazy because like items aren’t together. In that case, the next organizational method would be for you.
By the way, this type of organizational method would drive me crazy when it comes to food. But when it comes to movies, TV shows, and books, alphabetical is the way to go for me. In fact, it drives me crazy when these things aren’t in alphabetical order.
- Groups of Items Together
You put like things together. For example, cans of soup, macaroni and cheese, and cereals. You can even take it a step further and if you have, let’s say tomato soup, chicken noodle soup, and clam chowder. You would have all of your soups together, but then break it down so all those different kinds are separated and together as well.
How I Organize My Stockpile
My stockpile is in several different places inside my kitchen. I have commandeered an entire shelf in one of the cabinets, an entire cabinet, and have three boxes discreetly hidden under a table.
Because I have several spots for my stockpile, I thought the easiest way to organize would be by grouping like items together. (And as I have already mentioned, alphabetizing everything would have driven crazy since everything is in several spots. Probably would have worked if all the food was in a centralized spot.)
I also keep a running food list. I have noticed a difference in having a stockpile. My food costs are lower. But I still find myself fearful of food scarcity, but the fears have been lessened since I have started building my stockpile.
There are different ways to organize your stockpile. But at the end of the day, you need to go with the option that meets your needs and helps you actively eat your stockpile.
How do you organize your stockpile?