Many people opt for shopping in bulk at wholesale club stores, such as Costco, Sam’s Club and BJ’s to save money. But, do you really have the room in your home to store all these additional products? Here are few suggestions to help you.
Shop smart. Don’t purchase items just because they happen to be on sale. Make sure you only buy things your family will use. Perishable food items, such as gallons of milk or huge packets of cold cuts aren’t a good idea if your family will not consume them within a few days. And most family bathrooms do not need 50 rolls of bathroom tissue. Be reasonable with the space your home affords.
Share. Shop with a friend and divvy up cases of items that offer savings but too many items for your family to consume.
Divide and Freeze. Unpack meats or any to-be-frozen foods into several, smaller freezer bags with just enough for one family meal. Baked goods can also be divided, freezing half for the future.
Containerize. Divide dry goods into smaller air-tight containers for flour, sugar, rice, cereals, and more.
Store elsewhere. Large cases of soda, water bottles or any large containers of room temperature food items should be stored OUT of the kitchen and into the basement or garage.
Install extra shelving. Designate a storage area in the garage, basement, mudroom or pantry (if there’s room) and install heavy-duty wire shelving or large wooden cubbies. Label each shelf or cubby so you can see what needs to be replenished when supply is low.
Be creative. Use storage containers you already have around the house to store paper products. Break down large packages of paper goods and spread the contents throughout the house to rooms where they will be used. A wicker picnic basket in the bathroom will hold a half-dozen rolls of toilet tissue and a plastic bin under the sink can house extra paper towels. There are also specific hanging organizing products to hold paper goods, getting them off the floor and giving you more walking space in a closet or pantry.
Think vertical. Instead of using the floor of your pantry, tip a bin on its side and stack upward to hold things like canned goods, extra paper towels, etc.
Use bins for top shelves. Use clear containers or even labeled gift bags to utilize a top shelf in a linen closet or bathroom shelf for extra toiletries you buy in bulk (shampoos, soaps, etc.) Tuck away extra cleaning supplies on the garage shelf.
Label all storage containers. Keep a grease pencil or Sharpie marker convenient for quickly labeling storage bins or glass jars.
Buy furniture with storage. If buying new furniture, think of furniture with creative hiding places in things like ottomans and coffee tables to house extra videogames, magazines, or throw blankets.
Consider outdoor storage. Storage Sheds can be a worthwhile investment for housing bulk lawn and garden products or sleds and toboggans, as well as using outgrown play-houses.
Lisa Lelas is a productivity speaker, author and writing coach. LisaLelas.com