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The Difference Between Stocking Up and Hoarding

There’s a fine line between stocking up on supplies, and burying yourself under mounds of paper towels and toilet paper because the deal was just too good you couldn’t help yourself.

Personally, I overstock daily-use items, and the motive is simple: I don’t want to ever feel like I used my last…whatever. Toothpaste, paper towels, toilet paper – these are the kinds of things you’ll want to stock up on. I’d even extend that to hand soap, dish soap, and coffee filters, but hey, you do you.

So how do you make sure you’re not overstocking your items? In not so many ways, keep an inventory going. If your 12 rolls of paper towels are down to 10, that’s not exactly the time to fire off the bat signal and run to Costco for a refill. But you know, when that amount gets down to the last four or five, it’s probably a good idea to go ahead and pick up some more.

Where you stock up is entirely up to you. I use the upper cabinets in my kitchen, mainly because I know if it’s out of sight it’s out of mind. Nothing is stopping you from doing the same, or instead electing for the garage or basement for your overflow items.

There is one odd element to re-stocking though. Somehow, no matter how long it’s been since I last restocked, it always feels like you just replaced them. In reality, it’s probably been months, but the point is you stock up so infrequently you can actually remember that time you went to the store to do so. That’s not such a bad thing after all.