Take a Complete Food Storage Inventory • December Prep Challenge #4

Congratulations, you’ve reached the end of a year! Starting in January, I hope you will start my prep challenges all over again. This last week of December (or part January) our prep challenge is to take a complete inventory of our food storage. If your children are home and old enough, get them involved. This inventory could take several hours, so pause for treats or you may lose your helpers. Teach them that this is important for the whole family.

Take a Complete Food Storage Inventory • December Prep Challenge #4

Take a Complete Food Storage Inventory

Why don’t I use an app, a laptop or a tablet to take inventory? Because it slows me down. And this tedious job needs to move fast. It’s not old school, it’s just smarter. Writing with a pencil on paper on a clipboard is the best way for a home inventory.

  • On my printables page you’ll find two inventory worksheets. One is simplified and the other is several pages long. I suggest you use the simplified one. I’ve already categorized food items for you which will make this easier. Add any items on the blank rows as you wish.
Simplified Inventory Worksheet

For decades, the Lord’s prophets have urged us to store food, water, and financial reserves for a time of need. The current pandemic has reinforced the wisdom of that counsel. I urge you to take steps to be temporally prepared.

President Russell M. Nelson


  • Go through your home and count how much of each item you have. Next month, we will organize your food so it’s pretty, so don’t spend time doing that right now.
  • Throw away old food or damaged cans. How do you know it’s old? Go to StillTasty.com.
  • If you still have Latter-day Saint Potato Pearls, throw them away because they are probably rancid. If your Latter-day Saint Dry Milk cans are older than 20 years, toss them too.
  • You will try to argue with me about throwing food storage away, but don’t you throw food away every day in your kitchen? And part of your take-out meals?
  • We’ve been counselled to put our houses in order, not become food hoarders.
  • We’ll set goals for your food storage each month with our challenges. But if you want to jot a few goals down, I’d do it without the kids around.

As you take a complete food storage inventory, you’ll discover what your family doesn’t eat anymore. And you will begin to manage your “home store.” I believe in you!

Best wishes and stay healthy,

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

Purchase my food storage and emergency preparedness items in my Etsy shop.

6 thoughts

    1. Foods that have been packaged to have a 20 to 30-year shelf life such as wheat, rice, and beans.

  1. The printable inventory sheets have three columns – Type of food (Beverages, Meats, etc.), a check mark (for the number?), and the third symbol. What’s that column for and what is the symbol?

    Thanks for all the encouragement and showing how easily this can be done…not that I’ve done most of the challenges. Merry Christmas and have a wonderful new year.

    1. The check mark is where you write the total number of your items. The target is where you write your goal. 😁

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