My pantry is scary! It is not very big, and with 3 growing kids, we have a lot of food. I often do not know what is in the back of the pantry because when something is used, it just gets stuffed back in. A lot of food gets missed because the kids do not see it. I do clean out the pantry every 6 months or so, but it quickly ends up back like this. It was time something HAD to be done.
The dollar store had bins that were the perfect size to fit in the pantry. Last night I bought 5, but quickly found out that was not enough. Today after church, I went back and bought 6 more.
I started by removing the snacks and other packaged foods from their boxes. Removing 30 or so boxes, makes for a lot more room. I put like foods together in a basket, in locations where they would mostly likely to be seen. I was also a bit surprised at how many jars of pickles I found. I seriously have enough to last a least of year or more. I ended up with so many because there are often good Mt Olive coupons and matched with sales, I buy pickles for less than a dollar. I just had no idea how many jars there were already in there.
I don't know how long the pantry will stay organized. I think I am going to have to give myself another pantry challenge in the coming weeks now that I now see food that I forgot that I had.
My coupon binder is still a work in progress. Until this morning, I had all my coupons cut and ready to file. While I was thrilled to get 8 new inserts today, (I receive 2 Sunday papers) I now have a lot more cutting and sorting to do. Luckily my youngest likes to cut coupons for me. Hopefully I will be posting that it is finally organized soon!