Do you find yourself buying duplicate household items? You head out to the store in search of spot remover only to come home and find three used bottles sitting on a shelf in the closet? I used to run into this problem quite often. I had so many bottles of this and that on the shelves that I couldn’t find anything I needed and had no idea what I actually owned.
So one evening I came home from work, pulled every item out of the closet and reorganized. I took stock of everything I found. I merged half used bottles and threw out bottles of items I know I’ll never use. The simple act of accounting for items I already owned helped prevent future purchases and since I moved to this model I haven’t purchased anything unnecessarily.
I’m trying to carry this model into other aspects of my life. I try to maintain a running list in my head of personal products like shampoo, conditioner, shaving gel, etc. I’m also doing my best to keep an eye on our food supplies. I often find myself overbuying dairy products like cheese, yogurt and milk, so now I try to take a glance through the refrigerator and freezer before heading out to the store.
Some things are certainly easier to take stock of than others. Since I only clean once a week I have a general idea of what types of cleaning products I have on hand. On the flip side I find it much more difficult to keep track of food, since we’re constantly eating at home and switching up our weekly menus.
I find it best to clean, reorganize and take stock about once a month. Since I cleaned out my closet last week I have a good idea of what clothes I own and where my wardrobe is lacking. When I saw a shirt I really liked at the store, I knew I should walk away, because I already own something extremely similar.
Organization is certainly the key. I’m quickly discovering that the more organized I become the less likely I am to needlessly spend money.