When I talk about my pantry I’m talking about more than just food. I consider everything that I need to keep my household running smoothly as part of my pantry.
This is what ‘my pantry’ consists of …
Food ... this is the most obvious and what most people think of when they hear
the word pantry. This includes home-canned food, frozen foods, dehydrated
foods, bulk purchased foods, and food purchased from a grocery store.
Medicinal ... herbal remedies, prescriptions and first aid supplies.
Toiletries ... shampoo, hair conditioner, deodorant, razors, make-up,
personal hygiene items, etc.
Stationary ... writing paper, thank-you notes, spiral notebooks,
composition notebooks, post-it notes, pens, pencils, markers, etc. I try
to shop for these things once a year during the back to school sales.
Cleaning ... since I make most of our cleaning supplies, including
laundry detergent, this category includes ingredients to make those
cleaning supplies as well as the few 'cleaning' items I do purchase.
Fabric ... I buy almost all of my fabric when it's on sale or when I have a 40
- 50% off coupon whether I need it or not at the time and bring it home and add
it to my stash. When I want or need to sew something I shop in my
stash. I also include buttons, zippers, etc that I have removed from worn
out or badly stained clothing as well as fabric cut from outgrown clothing
that still has lots of wear.
Paper Products ... paper towels, toilet paper, aluminum foil, wax paper,
cling wrap, etc.
Emergency Lighting ... oil lamps, lamp oil, candles, batteries, etc.
Food Preservation ... freezer bags, vacuum sealer bags, canning lids, etc.
A Working Pantry