Saturday, January 12, 2019
It's been a long week.
I've been going through our pantry and reserve food supplies, checking the expiry dates of everything, discarding what's too long expired, and buying new stocks to replace what we've used up. It's been a busy time, and my back's letting me know it didn't appreciate all the standing, bending, lifting, and packing that's been going on. Still, it's almost done now. Our two pantry cupboards are pretty well organized, a box of long-out-of-date food has been trashed, another box of still-within-usable-date food is ready to go to the food pantry, and several heavy bags of cans have been packed into our ready-use pantry. Reserve foods have been rearranged, new additions vacuum-sealed and packed into containers, and things are looking a lot more usable.
It's a good idea to do this once every year. Unfortunately, we've let it slip two years in a row due to other commitments, or illness, or whatever, so our pantry had gotten rather disorganized. It's good to have put it right again . . . but it was a lot of work. Must do better next year!
BTW, Commander Zero had a very useful tip for storing batteries with, but not in, devices that need them (thereby avoiding problems with leaking batteries over time). I already have some of the Storacell battery containers he recommends, and have found them very useful.
If I'm going to tie them to appliances that need them, as he suggests, I must buy some more. Fortunately, they're not very expensive.