Preparing for the Storm

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  June 18, 2012 — Leave a comment

A couple of wise folks suggested to us that we stock up on household essentials before the baby arrives, just so we’re not running out of toilet paper in the middle of trying to adjust to life with a newborn. This made total sense to me, since Nick goes to the grocery store every weekend and for some reason we are always running out of cat food in the middle of the week and it becomes a major ordeal. You do not want to anger Pistachio. A few months ago we suddenly realized one day that the litter box really, really needed to be changed, but we were out of litter. Nick didn’t want to make a mid-week run to the store and figured she could just wait it out until the weekend. Well guess who spent the next several days peeing all over the house to teach us a lesson? Dealing with one of ‘Stach’s temper tantrums while caring for a newborn is pretty high up there on a list of things I don’t want to do (along with caring for two newborns, a possibility I’ve had plenty of opportunities to consider since strangers keep asking me if I’m sure there’s only one in there).

So a few months ago I made a list of household essentials and suggested to Nick that he try to pick things up here and there when they were on sale. He didn’t really do it because he’s super cheap and didn’t want to spend the extra money, but with lots of prodding our newborn preparedness kit is finally ready. Bring it on, impending chaos. I’ve got a cardboard box full of items designed to preserve order and sanity.

Clockwise from top right:

  • Paper towels (two rolls)
  • Toilet paper (four rolls)
  • Batteries
  • Gatorade. I’ve recently become addicted. Satisfies my thirst and my craving for sweets in one fell swoop.
  • A bottle of wine. After nine months of abstaining from alcohol, the same nine months which happened to be some of the most uncomfortable and exhausting of my life, I think I deserve a glass of cab stat upon returning from the hospital.
  • Cat litter. So Little Miss Princess doesn’t throw a hissy fit.
  • Cat and dog food. Judge away for the fact that our pets eat the store brand.
  • Granola/protein bars. Because snacks are important.
  • Not pictured: free and clear laundry detergent. I’ve already been using it to wash everything before he gets here.

And because I’m a crazy person, after putting the appropriate batteries in all the little doohickies that require them (monitor, swing, etc.), I did this:

My car has been my office for work for the last two years, so last week I went through and cleared everything out. I found this little plastic box that I had apparently used at one point to keep pens, paperclips, etc. organized. I’d seen this idea on Pinterest to use it to store and organize batteries and it seemed like a fantastic idea. I couldn’t find all the plastic dividers it originally came with so I just cut pieces of cardboard from the battery packaging to size. Even though it’s mostly empty the box still takes up less room than three package of differently-sized batteries did stacked awkwardly on top of one another in a drawer. So nice to have things organized!

Putting together this little supplies kit reminded me so much of getting ready for a hurricane, except the wine aisle wasn’t swept clean of all but a few bottles the way the water aisle always is before a big storm. I cannot even imagine what it would be like if we had a big storm this year. Hurricanes and babies are each stressful enough on their own without the added stress of having the two coincide. I’m pretty sure I would need a whole case of wine to cope with that.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap

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