So I decided it was time to have a good clean out, re-organise and stocktake.
I started with the pantry on Thursday, when L was at Kindy and S was meant to be napping. Unfortunately Sophie didn't nap, so I got interrupted dozens of times and sorting out the pantry literally took hours.
To organise the pantry I took everything out, wrote it all down, consolidated like items, chucked out anything too old to use, wiped out the shelves and put everything back in what I think is a more logical place.
Today I did the same thing with our freezers, although I forgot to take any before photos.
SMALL FREEZER AFTER:
LARGE FREEZER AFTER:
Our large freezer is dedicated to dinner ingredients, leftover meals and baking ingredients like wholemeal flours and nuts that I don't want to go rancid in the pantry.
Next on my to do list is the fridge.
In the meantime, I've recorded my food stocktake by category into a spreadsheet on Google Drive. This way I can access it from my iPhone or computer and use the information for weekly menu planning.
I can't tell you how good it feels to have the pantry and freezer organised and categorised. I'm motivated at the moment to try and clear them all out before doing another big shop so I can keep our grocery spending down and save for big ticket items like a new car. (Our little car isn't going to fit three kiddie car seats in it so we need something bigger before September.)
How do you keep track of food in your house?