I know what started this..........a few years back we ran out of spiral notebooks. Over and over, I paid $1.99 for new notebooks and all the while I kept thinking, "I know these things were like 10 cents at the beginning of the school year." I would almost rather chop down my own tree and make my own paper than pay 20 times more for something than I could of! From then on, I've made sure to have enough at the beginning of the year to see the year through. Then before we moved into this house, I had stuff stored in different areas; I even had a diaper box of spiral notebooks in the barn with mice nesting in them. (Of course, I didn't know mice had taken residence in them until I went out there and pulled a notebook out and a mouse came flying out with it. My mice issues could be a weekly post theme.....) Anyway, I didn't really know what I had, or where it was, so I kept buying more in fear that I didn't have enough to get through the school year. Well, this year, I have enough! I may have enough for a few years and some to donate to charity! On a humorous note, my cousin flew out to help me unpack my house in the two weeks between move-in and Elijah's birth. When she found my glue stick supply, she exclaimed, "My word, Jenny, is it even legal to own this much glue?" I haven't bought any since then and as you can see, I still have a few packages left.
The best part is that it's organized (and mouse free) in the basement this year!