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How to Stockpile Without Hoarding –
Did you know that stockpiling can easily turn into hoarding? It can if you’re not careful. It can be so easy to keep building it and building it that before you know it, it’s out of hand. When you’re stocking up, you need to be sure that it doesn’t overwhelm you. Keep reading and I’ll show you how to stockpile without hoarding so that your stockpile is efficient and productive for your family.
When you first start building your stockpile, you need to sit down and figure out how long you want to stockpile for, what items that your family uses and just how much of that item you use. To stockpile effectively, you must have this info. It doesn’t have to be a rigid list, but it does need to be detailed enough that you know what you need to buy and about how much. For instance, if your baby uses diapers, you won’t want to stock 100 packages of size 2 diapers. Why? Because he or she will grow out of them before you can reasonably use them. Instead, spread your stock over size 2, 3, 4 and 5 so that you’re not wasting money.
Once you’ve got your list made out, it’s time to start shopping. Watch the sales and keep an eye out for true sale prices. When you see an item that you use on sale, go ahead and grab a few. Obviously you’re not going to want to buy all of them at once though. Stocking over time makes sure that you have time to change your mind about an item if you need to. For instance? I have a blogger friend whose daughter loved ketchup. So when she was able to find a steal on it, she picked up fifteen bottles at a quarter a bottle all at once. What happened? Her daughter changed her mind about liking ketchup. Its 3 years later and she just opened that last bottle of ketchup. Your family’s needs and wants will change over time so be sure you’re not buying huge amounts of one item…just in case they change their mind.
Next, to avoid hoarding while you’re stockpiling, make sure you’re not buying more than you put on that list. If you have down that your family only uses around 5 bottles of mustard a year, why would you stockpile 30? All that will lead to is a waste of space, a waste of money and yes, a hoarding tendency.
Getting a great deal and even getting a free deal is NOT a good enough reason to overbuy.
Let me repeat that: Getting a great deal or even scoring a freebie is NOT a good reason to overbuy.
In order to avoid the hoarder aspect to your stockpile, you’ll have to watch this. It’s very easy to get caught up in the deal and overstock.
Lastly, make sure you’re keeping track of what you stock. Some people use a spreadsheet, others just use a shelving method. It’s really a personal preference, but I can’t tell you how easy it is to not realize you have twenty of something, buy ten more and then realize you’ve overstocked. Keeping your stockpile organized is also a BIG part of this. Rarely do you see a hoarder who is organized. Instead, their stock is often thrown around and tossed willy-nilly everywhere. Keeping track of what you buy and keeping those purchases organized is the final step to making sure you’re not a hoarder.
You don’t have to be a hoarder to build a well-managed stockpile. Follow these tips and you’ll stay in stockpile territory with few worries.