When your stockpile looks like Andy Warhol's art it can be difficult to make sure you are not letting food expire and thus go to waste.
Here's how I stay on top of things with only a few minutes here and there.
1. Group like items.
I have regular pantry, closet pantry, garage storage, underbed storage and extra bath storage. Each area stores specific items based on convenience and purpose. This will obviously vary for each family.
2. Rotate stock as you add new items.
For things like cereal, which I bring home often, I rotate every few months. For items I purchase every few months, I rotate as I bring them home.
3. Establish a place to store soon to expire items.
I like to move these items to my counter, which forces me to use them up or look at them every day.
4. Establish a NEED list as you rotate your stock.
Certain items in my stockpile are extras that I picked up only because they were free or VERY cheap. Other items are staples in my home and if I am running low they will need to be replaced even if they are not on sale. Keeping any eye on the low stock can help prevent paying full price even if the item is not rock bottom.
How do you rotate your stock to avoid waste?