To make matters worse, I had squirreled away food in the kitchen cupboards, in the shelves of our kitchen cart, and in the pantry itself. First, I had to take everything out. Then I put everything on the counters, checking expiration dates as I went along. Unfortunately, there were quite a few outdated cans. Fortunately, I found a lot of stuff to take back to work to donate.
Then I organized the foodstuffs into categories -- tea, sugars, dry goods, beans, canned fish, ethnic foods, tomato products, pastas, and canned fruits and jams. Once I had sorted everything, I filled the shelves, keeping to my categories to prevent losing track of the food supply again. Nothing went back in the cupboards or cart. If it didn't fit in the pantry, it got donated.
I feel so glad (and accomplished) that I got everything in its place. Now I can actually find my supplies and know what I can throw together for something tasty and quick or what might be a great addition to a meal I'm planning. Have you done any new year organizing?