Monday, April 2, 2012

Avoiding a crisis

Those who really know me know that I REALLY don't like moments of crisis that are preventable... those little annoyances that cause last-minute hiccups to my day. I especially don't like things that require last-minute runs to the store because I just ran out of something that I NEED (toothpaste, deodorant, dish soap, etc). So, a few months ago, I started doing something a little different. Over a few grocery shopping trips, I stocked 1 extra of everything (from contact solution to dish soap and dishwashing gloves). Now, when I run out of something, I get the unopened one from its home and WRITE IT ON MY LIST!!! Then, next shopping trip, I purchase the new one of whatever and NO MORE CRISIS over cosmetics!

Personally, I don't look at stocking one extra of things like toothpaste, deodorant, dish soap, etc as "hoarding," I look at it as "crisis prevention" and I'm a lot calmer now because I'm not stressing about making something "stretch" until next shopping trip!

Bonus note: I also stock an extra toothbrush (or two) and a few disposable razors for unexpected overnight guests (we've had them when major power outages knocked out power). I always want to be ready to welcome guests, even when they aren't prepared to be guests!


  1. You are quite the organizer...I'm loving it...

  2. Barb,

    I'm just sharing things that I've found work for me... if someone else can benefit from it, that's great! I just really don't like scrambling to get both little ones ready for an emergency run to wal-mart, kroger, etc just because I was a poor planner! :) It's not fun, they're not happy, I'm stressed... it's just not a pretty picture!

    This way, I eliminate a lot of those "crisis runs" and I like that!