Ever go to make a recipe only to find you have 20 cans of cream corn and no cans of sweet peas? Or when your at the store sit and wonder, "hmmm, Do I need Chef Boyardee today?" Well, with organized kitchen cabinets, and some help from the other people in the house, this can be avoided. It just takes some time (varies depending on how big your cabinets are), a piece of paper, and a pen.
Step 1: Clear Some Workspace
I find the counter top to work well for this since it is big and right near the cabinets. You will need to clear enough counter space to take everything in the cabinets out so that you can see just what it is you have.
Step 2: Move the Items
For this cabinet, there was lots and lots of canned items. Which is helpful because they stack nicely. When you take items out of your cabinet, try to group them together. The more items grouped together now, the easier it is to count later.
Step 3: Count, Mark, and Put Back
Once all the items are out of the cabinet it is time to count them up, add them to your paper and put them back. I like to put things back in rows so that they at least start neat.
Step 4: Want to Go Tech?
Once you have the list, you could tape it to the cabinet like I did since I was tired (I did four cabinets that day), or you can put the list into excel.. Putting it into excel will make it neat, and allow you to put it into alphabetical order. I have done this for one sheet for you to see. You can add or delete Items that you don't normally buy and then reuse this sheet next time only adding new items. If you make your own list, you will want to add all the items and how many you have, then highlight both columns and choose sort/Filter > ABC Order to get it into ABC order. (Wording varies slightly based on version of excel you are using but concept is the same)
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