Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me

Yes, my birthday was way back in January but my present from Willie is finally done (almost). I'm most certainly not complaining...he's had just a bit on his plate lately.

For my birthday I wanted shelves in the storage area under the stairs. (Aren't I adventurous?) It had gotten a bit CRAZY in there. Here is all the food that sat in my dining room for two months waiting for new shelves to live on.
This is the tiny space under the stairs where all the food was jammed in a very untidy manner. Try to imagine...I didn't get good before pictures.These are the shelves after Willie installed them. Oolala! Nice laminate wood shelves that are adjustable. The best part...we got all the supplies for free except for the screws! It sure is handy to have a handy husband...Nathan and the other boys helped stock the shelves. It's nice to now know what food we have and don't have just by glancing. I never would have guessed there were 31 jars of peanut butter in our house. Oops, I guess I know not to buy anymore...At this end of the storage area I'm hoping for Willie to build me a rolling can rack to store all the canned food. (Maybe in a couple months I'll have pictures of that!) I'm working to get a good three-month supply on hand.

When it was all piled around the house it seemed like a ton of food but seeing it all on the shelves (and having an inventory list) makes me see how much more work I really have to do. (Sigh...baby steps!)

13 comments:

Kathryn said...

Hey Natalie! What a great birthday present! It must be really nice to have it all organized. It looks great!

Have you tried www.trackmyfoodstorage.com? I really like it for tracking my food.

Anonymous said...

Dear Natalie--There's nothing like a handy husband to give you such great presents. It looks really good, and I can't believe you got all of that food from the dining room floor into that closet! That's what organization will do for you, I guess. Love to all, Grandma Truman

Jenglamgirl said...

Willie did great! and that is a AWESOME BIRTHDAY GIFT! It looks great. P.S. You inspire me to get a food storage supply up and running. By the way how are you feeling?

100 Percent Cottam said...

girl, that is AWESOME!! i love it. i'm on a food storage kick, too. got shelves put up in baby's room because i had nowhere else to put them. it's soooo satisfying for me to finally see is starting to come about. good for you!

Carol said...

I USED to be organized like that, but now I have no idea where anything is. I guess if there's a big emergency, we'll just come to your house for food. :o)

Grandma Nelson said...

WOW! Happy birthday to you:) This was a present worth waiting for. Good job, Willie!

Cynthia said...

I love these they look amazing!

Olivia said...

Looks good and wow that is alot of Peanut Butter. You could live on that alone for 3 months. I would LOVE some shelves like that. Tell Willie he did a great job and that he is welcome to come to CA and put some in for me.

Grandma Nelson said...

Happy birthday to Jacob today!

Heather said...

I was wondering what all that food was doing in your living room....it's all coming together! :) Fun to see your blog!!

Katie said...

What a great gift! I would LOVE a closet like that for my birthday! It looks great and so organized; I bet you just like to look at it and enjoy the order. I hope you had a great birthday and you didn't spend the day puking!

traske.melissa said...

wow nat those look great!! i know where to come when we need some food!

Ron said...

Cool, but I didn't see any Oreos!