This post is in response to reader Beatrice’s request for ideas on what to do about stationary and plastic bags and how to keep them to a manageable state.
I have two (how simple is that?) strategies.
First: do not invite unneeded objects into your home, even if they are free.
I do not use plastic bags. I carry my reusable shopping bags in my car at all times. If I am going on a walking shopping trip, I get them out of the car. Here are three of them.
If I am just buying one item, I tell the cashier that I do not want a bag. Often times, I get a 5 cent discount for not using a plastic bag.
I do not take free items at conferences, unless it is a pen for this same reason.
Second: If it is an object that we do use, I just obtain enough for a preset period of time. Number 2 pencils? They are on sale in August and I buy a package or two for the year. Here they are in the desk drawer, along with enough tape for the year and enough staples for a decade.
Stationary? Same strategies….reduce the variety of what is needed and keep just a reasonably small amount. I have one box of business envelopes, one and a half packages of printer paper, a partial package of blank note cards.
I like the blank note cards, as I can draw a quick picture on the front and make it a birthday card, a get well card, a Valentine card. Personalized and frugal.
If you live a two-hour jeep ride from your store, you will need to stock up more than this. I’m a ten minute walk from a 24 hour pharmacy/department store. I can let them store my inventory.