One of my most favorite things to keep organized is my stockpile! I know it sounds crazy, but it’s all for a good reason!
These tips can work for anyone, no matter how big or small your stockpile is!
Keeping my stockpile is important for several reasons:
- I have a good visual of when items are running low.
- I can easily grab what I need.
- I decrease the risk of things expiring.
I have a pretty large stockpile compared to the average person, but it’s not extreme by any means. But, because it is a little large, it’s even more important for me to follow these rules.
Starting out, you want to find a space that allows you to sort things out and see them clearly. I know for some that might seem impossible, but there’s several ways to improvise.
- Try adding more shelves in an existing closet. Make a few of them closer together for smaller items so that you can maximize all the space.
- Use creative storage ideas. Try using a hanging shoe organizer for smaller items like seasoning packets.
Next, you will want to organize everything. I like to keep everything grouped together.
- I try to group like items together. For example: I have dressings, condiments, sauces, etc. all on one shelf.
- The key to keeping your stockpile organized is keeping it neat so that you can easily see what you need when you need it. If you keep it cluttered and out order, then you’ll get frustrated and end up forgetting what you even have in there!
The last and most important tip I can give, is to rotate your stockpile. The reason: to avoid wasting products because they got shoved to the back and forgotten until several years later…
I like to write the exp. date somewhere visible on the products. For boxed goods, I write it on the front of the box and for canned products, I write it on the top. When you’re starting out (depending on the size of your stockpile) it might take you a little time to write the dates on everything. But, after the initial time it’s super easy.
I usually bring the groceries in and as I unbag them, I write the dates as I put them away!
As far as rotating, I kind of use a snake pattern. I start left to right. So, let’s use dressing for example and I have 3 rows worth. I would start at the left front with the oldest date. Then, I would go in ascending order with the next oldest date. Once, you get to the back of the first row (going straight back), then I would start the second row just like I did the first. So, at the end of my third row would be my newest date.
I would love to see pictures of your stockpile!