However, I thought I'd share what happened to me for a... do this and not that... story. I learned again that one can never be too organized when keeping a pantry. Perhaps this is an area an OCD person needs to be in charge.
We finally started the mother of all projects this week as the temperatures were finally warm enough to work in the garage. I am in charge of three sets of shelves, two of them I'm in and out of all the time but one set hasn't been touched for a couple of years (and showed the neglect).
Imagine my surprise when I pulled everything off the shelves and found three boxes of canned goods on the bottom shelf that hadn't been touched in nearly two years. My husband told me last summer that he'd put all the extra canned goods on the set of shelves where I keep items for everyday cooking. Obviously he'd missed these...
It was a case of two false assumptions as I assumed he knew they were there and since they had craft items on and around them, he assumed they were not among the boxes I was talking about to place on the other shelving.
I kept thinking I had more canned goods than what was on the shelf.
Well, fortunately they were all still good but we both learned a lesson I'm incorporating now:
- Don't mix food items on shelves used for other storage unless you are persistent about keeping them organized.
- Do place "like items" together as much as possible.
- Do label any box so it can be seen from the front of the shelf, not just on the top of the box.
As with everything else in life, we learn by our mistakes and fortunately this was easily fixed. As for the garage reorganization plan... it's definitely a little at a time project!
We will be working on it all week. I can tell you that one set of shelves already looks better and those are the shelves that were so jumbled I could lose three boxes. ;)
This is a very informative article from 2002 by Jackie Clay, all about making bread... here.
This is a very short article about stocking up but it is good... here.