Over the last few weeks I’ve been running a little experiment. Simply put it is monitoring what items we get through the most. Basically, what do I need to go out and replace. I have a multitude of items that I have put aside for preps and basically we have been guessing as to how many I need to put aside.
I know already we go through toilet rolls at lot. The wimmen seem to eat it as a snack or something as it just disappears. I go through a lot of honey. I’ll drink it as a sweetner in my tea or just alone in hot water. The two kids like it as well and so I use quite a lot. One of the kids has a sweet tooth so chocolate goes while the other likes fruit. One is going to be upset after an event.
So far I’ve identified the toilet roll, which I already knew, as well as bread and milk. These items needed regular replacement while almost everything else lasted much longer.
As I said I’d already identified toilet rolls previously and made an attempt, a vain one, to put a large stash away. It is nowhere near enough and there is going to have to be some behaviour changes or reallocation of space. It has made me reconsider my storage strategy and I’m still thinking about it. Do we split them evenly, do we ration them or do we just allow them to be used at will? It should be easy but it isn’t. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Bread we are going to have to learn how to make and clearly we are going to have to become friendly with one of the local farmers fpr diary produce. I’m also considering a goat as a substitute and I like the sound of that. Investigations will have to be made.
I’m now looking at continuing the test and seeing what runs out next. Fruit juices at a guess, possibly sauces, followed by sugar. Can’t do much about any of those long term but I have enough for a long time yet.
Once I have the high use items I’ll look at what I need to do to increase my stock and how I can provide long term.
Might be worth you considering your high turnover items. You might have a few surprises.