When we moved in I knew where I was going to house my stockpile pantry – what I didn’t know was how!
and no, it’s no bigger inside than it looks! So, the challenge was to go from a large full sized closet with wide shelving to this!
Well, the first thing I did was look for shelves that would fit, luckily Walmart had 1 set in stock. They were plastic and $16 – they fit the bill! In fact, they look as though they were specifically made for it!
Now, to fill it:
What a mess! It was stuffed to the brim before Christmas – I sent much of it to the shelter.
Now, just so that you know – I know there has been much talk of over-doing the stockpiling. I have 3 grown children – 2 of which are single boys (men…) and their friends who have all begun to move out on their own – none are married yet, so yes I spoil them. They “shop” in my closets!
They come over and grab a plastic grocery sack and begin in the above closet and move to the health and beauty aids closet! I enjoy being able to give to them and they appreciate it, too! So, all of what you see isn’t just for us. Plus, as you all know I give to the shelter all year as well.
I encourage you all to share what you have. Tamona of Tamona’s Tips says she doesn’t have animals but her neighbors do, she makes up gift baskets for them with all the FREE animal products she gets!
I always buy FREE no matter what! I don’t have a cat, but, if the cat food were FREE would I buy it? You bet! Then I would give it to a friend or neighbor or an animal shelter (if they would take it).
I definitely need more room than just the shelves – so I found hanging shoe bags for $6 at Family Dollar! So, for the shelves and the shoe bag I spent $22 to outfit this “pantry”! Not bad!
These pockets are deep so I can stack things in them, too, there are like 18 pockets or 24 – that’s a lot of storage!
We try to make sure when we unload the groceries to put the things that expire last in the back and keep the things closer to expiration up in the front. We also try to keep the like things together – cans with cans, boxes with boxes and so forth.
So, now, I need your help! Note the top shelf? Those are all my shopping bags – you know the canvas bags that I NEVER remember to take to the store? Oh, I used to keep them in the car – I still didn’t remember. I have 2 portable, fold up thingy ones in my purse – nope… never remember to use them. I have actually carried them in on my arm all over the store and CHECKED OUT and not used them! Ha! That’s sad! lol
So, how in the WORLD do y’all remember to use them?