I mentioned in a previous post that I've been doing our annual decluttering, reorganising and cleaning this month. As part of that I hauled out the contents of my pantry, cleaned the shelving and sorted through everything, updating my inventory, repacking foods as necessary and then putting it all back in again. Man, I need another cup of tea just thinking about it.
Anyway, in terrific timing, Bec and Gavin have launched their Be Prepared Challenge this week, based on Kathy Harrison's OAR method, outlined in her book Just In Case (which I have written about before).
Read their first posts abut the Challenge here and here.
I have continual issues with storage in my house, and whilst I was ill on and off last year, we ran down our stockpile considerably (in fact, only the condiments are left in multiples) so I have a bit of work to do to get it back up to scratch. It also means facing my perennial stockpile storage crisis head on!
It's calling for some serious lateral thinking. I don't have any spare cupboards or cabinets (nor could I physically fit one anywhere if I bought one), my garage and roofspace get way too hot to store foodstuffs, the space under my bed is being used to store kids' clothes (and there is no space under theirs as they either have trundle beds or they are too low), and I have found that using my linen cupboard is just not working. It's close to the kitchen and is fine during winter, but come summer I need the space to store four doonas and flannel sheets; foods are being shoved to the back and getting lost or are just plain hard to get to! Moving around heavy buckets of flour and dried beans to get to what I want is a pain in the butt to be honest.
In desperation I recently ended up with a Howard's Storage World catalogue, but that just made me laugh and shake my head ($399 for a kitchen garbage bin? Some people have way too much money) and I'm loathe to buy even more plastic tubs than we already have, especially since the larger ones I bought a few years ago to organise the kids' toys are now mostly broken, so their durability is questionable.
So, that's my part of the Challenge for today - find accessible storage spaces for my bulky dried goods.
If you buy in bulk and stockpile, where do you store yours?