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Featherjack, I sat down at my computer and used Microsoft Publisher (or you could use Excel) and made a chart (a table) that listed what it was and boxes next to it for each number of an item. The name of the product went in the first column (top to bottom) with the boxes going across the page. I listed everything I had in my root cellar or stored elsewhere. Then I took the sheets and my son and I counted up every item in storage. We had to hand write things we forgot to put on the chart many times. We put a slash in the little box; later if we used that product, we completed an 'X' that showed it was used up. Later I went back and updated the charts. I also inventoried my freezer...and found some stew meat five years old that I tossed...
Eventually I inventoried all my paper products, cleaning supplies, and medical items. It took many sheets of paper to get everything listed. I keep the freezer list on one clipboard and everything else on another. I guess they will eventually end up in a big binder. Hope that helps.