Spring is almost here, that means it is time for a deep clean and I think there is no better place to start than your stockpile. If you have been couponing for more than a day, you have likely heard that we like to stockpile...that's stockpile, not hoardpile. Big difference. The basic idea is that we stock up on a great deal until the sale comes around again (6-8 weeks at most).
My pantry fills up quickly and many times, food will expire and such before I can use it. If you haven't already, try to set a date to clean out your stockpile regularly and donate what you will not use. Expired food is just a waste of money!
3 Easy Ways to Organize Your Stockpile
1. List It: On the front door, keep a list of the items in your pantry/stockpile. This way, you purchase only those items which are running low and you don't end up with 72 bottles of mustard or 237 jars of pasta sauce. As money savers, it becomes easy to snag a great deal even if we don't really need it. That is perfect if you plan on donating but if you're only buying to add to a stockpile that doesn't need any additions then it's just a waste of money.
2. Stack It: Keep your pantry stacked with the date expiring the earliest up front. That way, you use those items quickly before they expire. Then, make sure you continue to rotate. Dig through there from time to time and keep expired foods out! A friend of mine recently found a can of baking powder that expired in 2000...YUCK.
3. Donate It: If you're not going to eat it, donate it to someone who will. There is no trophy for most packed pantry, give those items away to people who really need them and again, try not to purchase items unless you plan on using them! That is why Menu Planning is SO important!
Below is an idea that a professional organizer gave me YEARS ago and I have been using it ever since. Over the door of my pantry is a shoe organizer. I open all the snack boxes and organize them in those pouches. It is so inexpensive and easy plus, you don't have bulky boxes to deal with either.
Now, before the comments come about sugar snacks and processed foods (I've heard them all as this picture circulated it's way through Pinterest), the items specifically in that picture below were placed there on purpose. No, I don't feed my kids sugar snacks all day...well, at least not today. And, I do realize that meal at the bottom is nasty. I tried it. I agree with you. The purpose of the picture is pantry organization. That's it.