Monday, August 2, 2021

A Working Pantry Bootcamp: 8/2/21

 For this week's challenge we went in a different route ... a non-food route!  That's right, non-food!  My pantry is more than food and yours should be too!  

Here's what 'non-food' items I added to my pantry ...

This is the time of year that I like to think ahead to what my stationary needs might be for the upcoming year.  With back to school sales going on it's the perfect time to restock this part of my pantry so that's where my main focus was with this week's challenge.

Pictured are:  

a dot bullet journal (standing up in the back)

tab page dividers

graph paper

glue sticks

batteries

and those half size composition notebooks 

As soon as I saw the half size composition notebooks I started thinking about what I could do with them ... could I use them and if so, how?  I don't have room in my house for items that are just going to sit and take up real estate so no matter how cute these are, I needed a purpose for them.  I decided that I could dress them up and turn them into Christmas gifts for the younger folks in our lives.  I'm going to have fun 'dressing' these up and plan to start looking for ideas and making notes asap!

What non-food items did you add to your pantry?  I'm loving reading how you meet each challenge every week.  You're helping me have a better pantry by sharing what you're adding and I thank you!

Our challenge for next week is ...

Count the number of doors, interior (include closet doors) and exterior, in your house.  Add that number of items to your pantry this week.

(You can always substitute something totally different if a particular assignment doesn’t work for you. Just tell us what you’re substituting.)

 patsi

A Working Pantry

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27 comments:

  1. Excellent idea! I have never seen that size of a composition notebook. Very cool. Now I'm inspired to add more non food items!

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    1. Mandy, I had never seen it either! I'm so glad this post has inspired you to think outside the box when it comes to your pantry.

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  2. I added shampoo & conditioner, soap & deodorant, toothpaste & kleenex - I now have enough toiletries to get me through at least the next six months. Next on my shopping list is to add a few more cleaning items. I don't need much but there are a few things that do need topping up and then I'll be set until next Spring.

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    1. Margie, good for you! It sounds like you're being wise and prudent in the way you're keeping your pantry stocked.

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  3. I added one short sleeve polo, two long sleeve polos, two long sleeve tee shirts, one heavy sweatshirt and a fleece vest to my husband's closet for only $56 on clearance. I have found that clothing is not always available when we need it over the last year so I am glad to have him stocked for winter.

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    1. Lana, that's such a good idea! I've started looking for our winter clothing needs too!

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    2. I’m starting to look for winter wear too. 🙂

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    3. And a flannel shirt that I left off the list.

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  4. I stocked up on rubber canning rings for my preserving jars, and a spare sink plunger, because my son often comes to borrow ours! 😂

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    1. Gill, LOL, we love our children don't we ... even when they 'borrow' from us!

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  5. I did a fabric rescue! I went through some unwanted items and was able to add to my animal box and sewing pantry for free. For the animals I salvaged a twin size set of extremely faded but warm flannel sheets and a big piece of red fleece. For my sewing pantry I salvaged several vintage girls dresses that I plan to cut into pieces for apron pockets, small pillows, trim etc. I did purchase a package of batteries.
    Ginger

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    1. Ginger, I love the way you met this challenge! So inspiring!

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  6. I got a tub of 125 dishwasher tablets, marked down by $4.00 at Costco. Less than 10¢ a load. Also got 24 bars of Lever 2000 soap. It is my DH's favorited kind. It was on sale for $3.99 for 8 bars. A bottle of 100 leg cramp pills. They never go on sale, but I was down to my last dose, so got another bottle.

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    1. Nancy, you scored some good bargains! Way to go!

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  7. shampoo, crayons, colored pencils, paper plates, hair color, tp

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  8. Those composition books are adorable, Patsi! Where on earth did you find them?

    I added 12 rolls of paper towels, 24 rolls of toilet paper, dish soap, laundry soap, and a pattern for gift purposes.

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    1. Jennilee, I found the composition books at Walmart.

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  9. Am waiting for the back-to-school sales to start in my area -- probably in the next week or two (they were starting to stock the shelves on Sunday, so it will be soon). Added to my list are shampoo & conditioner, deodorant, as well as red permanent marker (fine point, for writing on gift labels), tissue paper, and scotch tape (for wrapping gifts). I have plenty of Avery labels for return addresses and Christmas cards, so I'm good for this holiday season and beyond. Need to add envelopes (a box of each size) to the list, and still need to double-check batteries -- I likely need to re-stock AA and AAA. Most of these will be on sale for back-to-school, so why pay full price?

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    1. Lori, exactly! There are things that I wait to buy during the back-to-school sale every year and I try to purchase enough to last until the following year! It's just smart shopping!

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    2. Most schools here doesn't start until the week before Labor Day, so big sales will start next week. It's just me, so if it's not an urgent item, it goes on the list until there's a sale.

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  10. I added 4 boxes of binder clips, 3 rolls of foodsaver bags, 1 roll of doublesided 1/8th inch tape for crafting. I had also priced gluten free pasta and the price went up to $5 a 12 oz box. Not much for the money. I decided I could easily make my own and got a set of 3 ravioli presses that can double as cookie cutters, or wonton makers.

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    1. Cookie, Whoa, that's a big price for gluten free pasta. Glad you can make it instead ... you go girl! That's the way to battle the increasing food prices!

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  11. I made a cover for the composition book I use to record my knitting and sewing projects using laminated fabric I bought at Hobby Lobby.

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  12. I'm rather late but I did add batteries to the pantry. I added fabric and iron on interfacing to my sewing pantry. I also added more embroidery designs to use on my machine. These have been downloaded, saved and transferred to a USB stick to use on the machine. I have a pattern on the embroidery machine to make covers for small notebooks. I must look these up and make a couple. Thank you for the reminder.

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    1. Jane, I would love to see a picture of your finished notebook covers when you do them, your work is always so beautiful! I'm looking for inspiration!

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