Tip #19: Buy in bulk.
i’m not talking about 45 rolls of toilet paper in one go. if there’s one thing that living in a tiny apartment has done for us, it’s been to help us think about the stuff that we accumulate. it’s not just the hard goods we have to worry about. before they’re used up, pesky comestibles can take up an awful lot of room. unless we want to share our couch with an over-sized bag of basmati rice (fragrant and heavy pillow?), we have to think carefully about what we bring home from the grocery store.
in our place, we have just a few small cabinets to store food. a certain over-zealous “raisin bran flakes” buyer has quickly realized that, try as he might, there’s just no stuffing that second box of cereal into the cabinet. you can bet your bottom dollar that thing’s not gonna have a shot at countertop real-estate.
for the most part, we solve our space issues by buying from the bulk section at our local nutty-crunchy grocery store. this technique has the triple advantage of allowing you to buy just as much as you need, leaving lots of unnessescary packing out of the equation (we use sarah’s cloth bags), and making you feel a special kinship with laura ingalls and pa.
if you do a little searching, you can probably find a grocery near you that purchases in bulk. basically, they buy lot of stuff at one go so that you don’t have to. you can buy the amount of quinoa or rice or raisins that fit into whatever jar you have at home, and never worry about finding space for awkwardly shaped boxes and bags.
i like to use ball jars for bulk storage. at around ten dollars for a pack of 12, these glass jars are definitely the best bang for our buck. they come in tons of sizes (of varying price) so there are options for things we might like to have more of, like sugar or flour. if we move back to a place that has shelves instead of cabinets, they’re pretty enough to leave out in the open.
so there you have it: buy in bulk and use ball jars. two tips for the price of one (but if you live in a tiny apartment, you might have to reconsider that kind of deal).