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It’s funny how you can keep your sanity by doing the smallest things.
One of the things that I really kick myself for is when we run out of necessities like toilet paper.
My boys want to kick me too when they see a roll of paper towels being handed through the bathroom door instead of their soft Charmin.
It drives me nuts when I go to grab a ziploc bag to put leftovers in and have none.
Or when I am washing clothes and realize I don’t have enough detergent to finish the job.
Do these things rake your nerves? Or, makes you throw your hands up in the air with a big ole “Arrrgghhh”??
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Well, if it does then you should think about creating a small inventory nook.
This doesn’t have to be a big area.
Just enough to hold those things that you prefer to not run out of.
For me, it is just the edge of a couple of utility shelves in my laundry room.
I make it easy for items to be grabbed and easy to see what is available.
As you can see in the picture of my own inventory stock, the top shelf has bigger items that are easier to grab and the bottom shelf has smaller items but are grouped together in these crates.
You may also notice that I group my items. So I have:
- Cleaning Supplies (dish detergent, cleaners, etc.)
- Paper Supplies (paper towels, toilet paper)
- Laundry Supplies (fabric softener, laundry detergent, bleach)
- Personal Hygiene Supplies (toothpaste, mouthwash, body wash, shampoo, etc.)
- Storage Supplies (trash bags, ziploc bags, aluminum foil, etc.)
When you or someone else in your home grabs an item then you simply replace it on your next shopping trip.
OR, not needing it immediately gives you more time for the item to come on sale.
How to keep track of your inventory stock
If your bunch is anything like mine you will never know what is taken because they don’t ever tell you.
So, I keep a list of my inventory stock so that I can check it off each week when I am writing my shopping list.
Again, I use groups so I can quickly look at a group and match it with my list.
Go print your Inventory Stock worksheet from your TWM Vault if you want to track your own stockpile. There is a worksheet for those who like just straight lists and there is one for those who also likes groups.
Here is what I have in my inventory stock:
- Toilet Paper
- Paper Towels
- Ziploc Storage Bags: Gallon and Quart
- Ziploc Freezer Bags: Gallon and Quart
- Trash Bags: 30 gl and 13 gl (I don’t keep 8 gl bags because I can use Walmart or grocery bags if I run out)
- Aluminum Foil
- Laundry Detergent
- Fabric Softener
- Dish Detergent
- Scrubbing Sponges
- Degreaser Cleaner
- General (smell good) Cleaner
- Light Bulbs
- Dental Floss
- Men’s Deodorant
- Women’s Deodorant
- Men’s Body Spray
- Shaving Cream
- Body Wash
Yep! All that is in those two little ole sections on the edge of that shelf!
I hope this gives you some idea of items you can add to your own inventory stockpile.
You can always add items as you think of them or when you have those “Aaarrgghhh!” moments! Like for me it was dental floss. Ugh!
Do you already have a stockpile? If so what kind of items do you keep or would like to keep?
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