With the oldest girl jumping in to help me this morning, it did not take long to build the little shelves in the pantry area. This is still nowhere near the storage space we will need to house all the items we intend to keep. There was only one shelving unit we kept and put it in the hallway and it will be using for just the quick and always used items like bread, breakfast and lunch items.
The bulk items that are not used all at once like toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates and drinks are going in the closets. The first aid and personal hygiene items will be put in totes, labeled as such and stored in the hall on top of the old shelving unit.
A clip board is placed in easy access of all storage locations with a list of every item. Each item will be checked off as it is being used. At the end of the two week period an updated "On Hand" and "Needed" list will be printed and sent with the wife to the grocery store. If she has money left over from the food budget after getting the essentials, then at her choice she can pick from the needed column and shop from there adding to the storage bank.
It is really not as complicated as that just sounded, but as they say in the construction field, "It looks good on paper". Will it work, only if the list is kept up-to-date when items are being used. If not then a complete inventory will have to be done every month and as the storage grows that task will become to large to do in a timely manner.
The pic below is the no good pile. It is amazing the amount of food we let go to waste because we did not have a rotation system in place.
Everything in this pile is way outdated, opened and never used up or stale.
Some of this can be used for chicken feed, some for worm feed and the rest is just compost.
Now I have to get everything ready for that winter blast everyone keeps talking about.