Pantry Inventory List: Why You Need One

This is a follow up post to my Freezer Inventory List post. If you thought I was nuts for wanting you to keep track of what’s in your freezer, hold on to your hat! Now I’m going more radical and tackling the abyss that is the Pantry via the pantry inventory.

I’m aware of all the apps that are available for smart phones. I’ve tried six of them. However, after scanning the UPC code, I still had to input information: volume, description, quantity, etc. I found this incredibly annoying since I can write faster than I can type on my cell phone.

So I quickly noted what a particular product was (diced tomatoes, 14.25 oz, quant: 6), and moved on. I do not mark down brands, which the single except ion of Rotel ® tomatoes.

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After all the notes are made and items are stuffed back onto the shelves (usually I organize as I go, but not this time), I type the full list and tape it inside the door.

There are somethings I do not add to the inventory list: breakfast items, snack pages, and paper goods. I use highlighter to cross-off items as we use them.

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Now, I bet some of you are wondering how I add items to this list and/or do I retype it every time. To add items, I either add them to the margins of the typed list or on a separate piece of paper, which is also taped inside the door. That means I don’t retype the list.

So despite the OCD, Type A groove this post is taking, since I don’t retype every single update, I’m not that crazy, right?

Every couple of months, I do a recount and update. I should probably reprint at that point. We’re actually due for another recount and reorganize. Just need to get the printer working.

How do you organize your pantry?

© Cori Large 22 Oct 2016

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8 Responses to Pantry Inventory List: Why You Need One

  1. candy says:

    Woman after my own heart. I keep track of my pantry items and this helps me save money, see what I have on hand plus first in first out.

  2. Amanda says:

    Love this as I love being organised, I keep a master grocery list in my bullet journal and refer to it each week when meal planning. The fridge and freezer are regularly checked too. Then it’s so much easier to plan and shop. My pantry is very small so there’s not really a need for a list of what’s in there more a list of what needs replacing…

  3. Elisabeth Wallace - The Abstract Life says:

    I love to do this too! Except I keep it on my phone with an app. That way I can access it from anywhere (sometimes I’ll just stop by the grocery store on the way home from a client meeting and have some time, but didn’t plan it or have a list made ahead of time). Also I love that I don’t have to worry about updates or reprinting. BUT I love this being on the door so the whole family can see it and maybe you can get help with the shopping.

    • caendicott says:

      If there’s a FREE app that just lets me scan the barcode and not have to input any information, then I’d use my phone.

  4. Jay Colby says:

    I’m going to have to try this app. Thanks for sharing!

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