No buying until I’ve used up ALL my stashes

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edited 31 December 2022 at 8:12AM in Old style MoneySaving
I have realised that I have accumulated large quantities of various items, so I plan to reduce my spending in 2023 by using up what I have already accumulated first before buying any more, this should also free up some space and help with the decluttering! 

These ‘stashes’ have accumulated by me bulk buying when I see things that I know I will use ‘in time’ at bargain prices, then repeating before the original lot is used up.  Some things have been buried in storage in my spare/junk room and it was easier to buy more than find/unbury what I already had 😳.

But, as part of my decluttering efforts, and to save spending unnecessarily, now is the time to stop buying more and start using up what I already have.

My main stashes are:
1. Toiletries - two large plastic storage boxes full plus other bits tucked away around the house 
2. Cleaning/laundry products 
3. Stationery - a particular weakness of mine 😳
4. Knitting yarn - at least two dozen 100g balls of DK and about 10 of chunky, mainly purchased to make for my granddaughter - I have to confess that there is another parcel on the way already 😳 although, in my defence, this is a strategic purchase as I have some colours I know I wouldn’t use on their own but had no complimentary colours to use them with so (in the sale) I ordered some of the complimentary colours I was lacking which will hopefully make it easier to use up the stash…
5. Dressmaking fabric - a chest of drawers plus two large laundry baskets full, at least half of this was bought to make things for my granddaughter but I haven’t had the time to do any sewing for over a year! 
6. Two bulging freezers full of food - I plan to eat something from one of these every day until I can fit the rest into one freezer

At the moment there is too much stuff to take proper inventories - I will endeavour to do this once each stash has reduced to a more manageable size. 

This thread is intended for me to keep myself accountable and record my progress. Anyone is welcome to join me 🙂
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