Make, Do and Mend

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Pantry readiness

Were you ready for today?  I think most of us that were connected to any kind of news sources today have seen the horrible events unfolding in the Boston area.
One thing that came to my mind,  besides worrying about the safety of everyone,  was how were all those people who were ordered to stay home doing.  I wondered how many of them were down to their last diaper for their baby or were out of food because they needed to do their shopping today or because they just never eat at home and have all their meals out.

The top half of my pantry

I spent part of today organizing my pantry.  It has not had much tending too lately.  Yes,  I know some before pictures would of been nice.  Anyway,  mostly I just grouped like items together and repacked some things from either larger containers to smaller containers,  as well as just taking some things out of store wrap and putting them in glass jars.
The bottom half of my pantry
I was very pleased to see I had some empty shelf space afterward.  

I don't know that we should all be preppers with 100s of pounds of beans and rice
but I do think we should all be prepared for at least a few weeks on our own in an emergency.
We don't have a year's worth of supplies but I think we could 2-3 months before it was too difficult or weird.  

I am sure none of those people in the Boston area expected to be required to stay home all day today until it happened.  I hope most of them were had basics at home to keep themselves comfortable.  

Linking up to some of these parties.  


  1. We don't have a year supply (or space to keep it) but we definitely have enough for 2-3 months, minus, maybe, diapers :)

    1. But a longer lasting supply is sounding wiser all the time. Scary times we live in

  2. You have a lovely, full pantry! Thank you for linking up, Rhonda! Happy to have you this week!

    ~Kristi @Let This Mind Be in You

  3. It's challenging to build your pantry on a tight budget. We started adding some extra canned food a few weeks ago.

    1. Yes it is Georgene, I've been in your situation. I've always tried to stock up when sale prices are low when I could.

  4. I wondered the same thing about the people in Boston, Rhonda. Love your pantry. Every week I try to add extras to my pantry. :)

  5. Love your pantry, I've publish a post yesterday about mine. Do you want to have a look?


    Hugs from Jerez


  6. Oh, it looks so nice! I like to have a stock, too! It's nice to have one extra of everything instead of being down to the last of an item that is used all the time. It just takes a little organization and buying more than one when they go on sale. And I'm so glad Boston can breathe easier today!

  7. Mine is almost full and not quite as pretty as your's. I'm waiting for warmer weather so I can paint the shelves. Just curious... what kind of bottles are those with the red lids and what do you have in them?

  8. I would love to have a walk-in pantry like you do. I guess I should count my blessings that I at least have room in my basement for shelving units where I store dry and canned goods.

    1. Melanie, our home has 2 pantries and I am thankful for both. But living here in tornado alley, your basement would be nice.

  9. Looking at your wonderfully neat pantry, I realize it's time to straighten mine! We try to add extras each time we shop, even if it's just a few cans of green beans or a box of spaghetti :)

  10. Very nice pantry. It is such a relief knowing that we could get through an emergency.


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