But, onto my house ~ we do like to be prepared for storms. Here in Miss. is could be tornadoes or a hurricane. After Katrina ~ the local stores did lack for certain items because these things were rerouted to the hardest hit areas. Some of the items rerouted were cleaning supplies, powdered/canned milk, soft drinks, paper products, batteries, flashlights, generators, gas cans, etc. So having a supply of some of these items would get us through during a natural disaster.
My spice cabinet was somewhat organized but I was still having to go through and move each jar to find what I wanted/needed for a recipe. Greg ordered me a little spice shelf that fits in the cabinet. It has little stair step shelves so I can see what I have and where it is.
After I organized this cabinet...it sort of filtered over into my shelving system in the laundry room. I had 2 containers of pepper in the cabinet and I took one to the laundry room. There were some spices on a shelf and I started looking through them and found more pepper. If there is a pepper shortage in Miss. I am safe ~~~~~
Well, you just can't clean one shelf so I finished the job plus the cabinet above it. All my mexican food is together : taco shells, salsa, cheese for cheese dip. All the extra baking supplies are together : sprinkles, cake mix, icing, chocolate chips, baking soda, brown sugar. All the pickles and relish that we make every year are on a shelf (Katie, I've only got 1 jar of dills left, we need to do that this summer). All the canning rings, lids, cheese cloth, pickling salt, and pectin are in one spot. I stocked up on my vanilla extract supply in Honduras this year and I won't need any for quite a while. I sorted the jelly we made and put like kinds together to see what we needed to make this year ~ we've got plenty of peach and grape but only 1 apple and a couple of strawberry.
I got rid of some expired stuff. I dumped some peas we had canned and didn't turn out well. I changed the location of some items. Combined some packages. And just tidied up. Next, we've got to tackle sorting all the empty canning jars so I can see what we need to buy and what size we have enough of ~ but thats a task for another day.
I am linking up with Heidi at http://mysimplecountryliving.blogspot.com/2012/02/country-homemaker-hop-week-8.html.