You may be asking why a blog that is all about organising and decluttering your home and life should now write a post about building up stockpiles – what could possibly be achieved by adding more to your home!
Well, the term stockpiling tends to have a very negative association for anyone wanting to get more streamlined and organised – and rightly so in some cases.
Stockpiling brings up a vision of hoarding – piles upon piles of items that you have to tread carefully through whenever you move around your home.
But the reality can be VERY different.
Building up stockpiles is actually one of the key steps to getting organised – specifically in these areas:-
- Paperwork and Office
This post takes you through each of the key areas (mentioned above) in turn, and show how you can really make a huge difference by creating stockpiles in these areas, and lastly keep reading for my cautionary words near the end of the post – as with a lot of things in life, stockpiling has to be done with care!
Differentiate between the good and the bad!
The most important thing to remember here is that we are talking about systems that help you get and stay organised – and not simply building up more piles of clutter around the home. Theres a BIG difference! I can’t stress this enough.
If you tend to collect things and hoard, then you must be careful of using stockpiles as part of your organised life, but if you can set up the right systems and use stockpiles in carefully selected areas of your home, then you will really reap the benefits.
What should I stockpile?
Lets go through each of the areas already listed above, and show you ways that each can benefit from stockpiling. My one golden rule for stockpiling is as follows:-
ONLY STOCKPILE THINGS THAT YOU USE REGULARLY AND THAT ARE BOUGHT WHEN ON SALE
The great thing about this method of stockpiling is that you know you have an ongoing need for all the items that you buy – you only buy them in bulk when they are on sale so you are saving money, and you have a good stock of them in your home so will never (with the best will in the world!) run out.
Example – I always need washing machine tablets and toilet rolls – and always will! – and these are expensive items that soon add up to hefty shopping bills each month. However, the brands I tend to use are regularly on sale in the supermarket so at this time I buy 2 or 3 (dependant on the deal and how much space I have in my storage areas for these things as I want them to not add any clutter to the house). If I always have a need for them then they won’t go to waste, and I am happy in the knowledge that they have cost me less overall then if I went out and did a standard shop for the same amount each week/month. Not only that, but it also saves me time at the shops trying to find a good deal at each and every visit!
I think a lot of us are natural stockpilers and will usually go for the items that are on offer, but sticking to the rule that you should only buy what you use regularly will also stop the sales minded among you buying up all the 2 for 1 offers on the shelf!
Remember – its only a bargain if you were going to be spending money on it anyway!!!!
What to stockpile in the kitchen
Stockpiling works really well for canned goods, and dry goods. If you ensure that you have a cupboard for “extra” stock, or that you rotate regularly so that older stock is always brought to the front, then you will have a great system in place to ensure you make the most from deals in the shops.
Write down what products you regularly use (you may have already created a shopping list showing you the most common products in your home and this is perfect!) then you will always know what brands and products you could easily buy more of when you see them on sale.
Items such as the following are great ideas:-
- Pasta / Rice
- Packets of Soup
- Gravy Granules
- Herbs and Spices in jars
- Oils and Vinegars
- Bottled Water and Squash
- Kitchen Roll
- Cling film
What to stockpile in the Utility
The utility, if you are lucky enough to have one, is a great place to really maximise the storage and get your homes stock organised (I think of it like an offices stationery cupboard! – its the go to place when you run out of anything!)
Depending on how big the space is, you can simply stockpile utility types items (see list below) or you could start to use this room for stockpiling kitchen and bathroom items as well. Its really up to you as to how you set out your home – what works fo you is the right system in the end!
I will always advise people to have as much storage as possible in this room – floor to ceiling works really well – and can house everything!
Heres some ideas:-
- Washing powder and Fabric Conditioner
- Cleaning Products
- Wipes, Dusters, Sponges
- Bin Bags (and any other plastic bags!)
- Light Bulbs