The Case For And Against Keeping An Inventory

I am a very busy gal. Between running a business and adulting, there isn’t much time left in my day. I am always looking for ways to save time and be more efficient. One thing that really helps me is stocking up on items. Yes, I keep an inventory of things that I regularly use. I find that this saves time and money.

Keeping a stash or inventory can be very beneficial if you do it right. If not, you will have a lot of waste. I see this time and time again. Here are some tips to help you stock up and control the waste factor.

  1. Make sure you have the space to properly store your items. They need to be visible so you can identify what you have on stock.
  2. Keep like with like. Don’t spread the wealth.
  3. If you containerize your items- label the bins.
  4. Be realistic about what you include in your inventory. I see many people buy items that they deem useful but they don’t use enough of them. Yes, I am talking about ziplock bags.
  5. Plan before you shop. Make sure you aren’t buying to buy. I do a Costco trip once a month.
  6. If you have the space, create an overflow or bulk storage area. This could be a closet or a shelf or two in your storage area .

And now lets chat about the case against keeping an inventory!

  1. It takes up valuable space in your home or condo. This is true especially if you live in the city.
  2. You may find yourself “impulse” buying do to the fact that its a good deal.
  3. If you don’t properly organize your inventory, you might duplicate or triplicate your items.

In my personal opinion, having an inventory of items saves time and money. Just make sure that you keep them organized and visible. Make a list before you go out to replenish your inventory.

 

 

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