Did an Inventory This Weekend

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OK. I will admit that I have been buying on the fly. If I see something that I think I will need then I buy it and stick it in the basement. The basement has a lot of "stuff."

My wife(who is becoming more and more involved)insisted on doing an inventory. These pesky organised people drive me crazy. Flint would look at my basement and have a heart attack.:)

Anyway, it was a good idea. We have it all except canning supplies and a few odds and ends. I picked up much medicine today and will get new glasses tomorrow.

The feeling after the inventory was nice. Not only do I feel comfortable about what I have done, but I am able to focus on the few things that I need. I also felt good knowing I will use this stuff one way or another. There is nothing to lose in preparing.

Oh, Patty(my wife) has declared a moritorium on minced clams. I have 8 cans but cream cheese to make the dip may be hard to come by. Also no more Q-Tips. I bought thousands. (Kept forgetting I bought them.)

I keep trying to think of off the wall items but I think I will relax and enjoy the summer.

-- Mike Lang (webflier@erols.com), July 12, 1999


Well now you've gone and done it! Made me think about the unthinkable. Doing my own inventory. I have 'stuff' everywhere, but I did have the foresight to pack most of it in 18 - 30 gal plastic tubs with lids. In my study room over the last year I have covered the couch with these containers, the floor and it keeps creeping toward the computer until I barely have room to move. Anything that would withstand summer heat is in the shop or garage. Oh thank you so much *sarcasm* for reminding me of my fatal flaw. Well, I'm off to do my duty, hope I feel as good as you did after the fact. Good thinking!

-- Sammie Davis (sammie0X@hotmail.com), July 13, 1999.

Patty, you must be willing to give a little....8 cans of clams are not enough! They are a necessary part of the basic diet....they fall into the "must have to survive" catagory. Put yourself in Mike's place...what do you crave? Chocolate? Peppermint Patties? Red Licorice? A man who enjoys his clams can't be all bad! I know, I've got a case set aside and more is destined for a dark closet in my office! take care ben

-- ben (bent@premier1.net), July 13, 1999.

Sammie -- While you're doing your inventory of what's in those plastic bins, make a list of each bin's contents and tape it to the top of the bin...

-- Libby Alexander (libbyalex@aol.com), July 13, 1999.

When you labeling and sealing containers, I've also been cutting out the nutritional information from the package and taping it in a conspicuous place. Have been doing the same with cooking directions for things we eat, but not every day, ie., lentils, grain, barley, etc. Also, if you have been putting things 'up' on an on-going basis, make sure you make note of the date you packed a particular item so you can use the older ones first.

-- Wilferd (WilferdW@aol.com), July 13, 1999.

number your bins in order that you packed them.

-- libby alexander (libbyalex@aol.com), July 13, 1999.

You can NEVER have enough Q-tips. Of course, we have a baby, so we are always using them. About a year ago, I bought over a thousand of them. They are all gone. At the time, my wife wondered if our son would use them as part of a wedding dowry (sp?) some day.

-- nothere nothere (notherethere@hotmail.com), July 13, 1999.

Funny...I had just printed out the inventory I FINALLY did before coming onto this site. One thing about inventories - you can see at a glance what you've overlooked. I need to make some changes to my shopping list!

-- Jill (jdance@mindspring.com), July 14, 1999.

For the clam dip: freeze-dried cream cheese, adventurefoods.com.

Label buckets on side AND top, side is more visible, top is back-up label! Check labels package fine print--if easy peel-off, tape over with clear packing tape.

Buckets are easily available again--got six at Kroger the other day, no problem. They're chucking them away right now. With clutter retrieved from storage room, will be putting extra paperbacks in buckets, sealing with duct tape, storing in garden shed. The books will all smell of "Vanilla Fluff," but it could be worse.

I seem to have an embarassment of coffee and cat litter. But can one ever have too much of either?

-- Old Git (anon@spamproblems.com), July 14, 1999.

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