Okay, so perhaps I’ve gotten a bit of my family’s obsessive compulsive genes.
Last week I got tired of things attacking me from my linen closet. (Note: There are hardly any linens in there, it’s mostly my stash of toiletries and cleaning supplies). So I went to Walmart and got a set of little drawers to help organize things, and then I dug around and found some empty wire baskets and started working on cleaning out the closet.
Okay. This is hard to admit… but we have more than 60 razors, 10 tubes of toothpaste, 6 body washes, 8 shampoos, 4 bottles of cough syrup, 9 deodorants, and a whole lot of other various personal care items. And this is the inventory AFTER I emptied out a bunch of stuff which will be donated to a local charity.
My stockpile is out of control.
When I finished getting the closet all organized how I wanted it, I felt a mixture of pride and shame. I was proud because most of the things I have in that closet were purchased for next to nothing or were completely free. I’m a little ashamed for not keeping better track of my inventory.
It’s just hard to pass by a good deal.
So, I’m committing to living off my stockpile for awhile. This will allow me to spend my time and money elsewhere. I now have a better sense of what I have, so I know where there are a couple of gaps (almost out of shaving cream!).
I also know that I need to do the same inventory process with my pantry and chest freezer.
Being frugal is good, but even frugality can come with a price tag: storage space!