Pros & Cons: Buying in Bulk

May 21 2015

If you have a giant kitchen, say, the size at Downtown Abbey, stop reading this post! But I think I can speak for most of us and say that we stock our sundries in a limited amount of cabinets and pantry space. Jumbo-sized groceries and buying in bulk seem like great news in the store (the savings!!) but then there’s that moment when you’re home with everything covering your kitchen floor and you’re wondering where to store it all. Toilet paper up into the attic? Gallons of water piled in the laundry room? Paper towels stuffed in the buffet cabinet?


As a professional organizer, in my humble opinion, all the bulk buying doesn’t feel so very organized.

Here are the pros and cons:

The Pros:

  • Though I have to admit, I’ve never done a test to compare sale savings from a grocery store to buying bulk at a warehouse store. Anyone have any feedback?
  • Quicker grocery store shops. Avoiding the paper goods aisle, etc., can be handy. I think we all spend too much time in the grocery, btw.
  • Running out of a certain item doesn’t happen often. This is a decided plus. (But when we know we have a second roll of Reynold’s Wrap in the pantry, are we still being judicious with our usage?)

The Cons:

  • No place to put it! I was being tongue-in-cheek with the toilet paper up in the attic, but really, if your home lacks good storage areas, you might need to use what space you have. I know one client who uses these metal shelves in her laundry room and is able to keep all her big bulk supplies there. She also turned a mudroom closet into a pantry, since her mudroom is off the kitchen. More metal shelves are in there.
  • Spending too much. All those spontaneous purchases! Did we really need another pair of jeans on sale? More slippers or giant Advil bottles?
  • Buying more than you need.

As you can see, we have a strong argument here on both sides. What do you think?

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