A couple of home management questions have been haunting the (empty) corridors of my mind for quite some time now, and I have not been able to come up with satisfactory or definitive answers. Let me see if I have some luck posting them out here.
1. Is it more efficient to have, say, a week’s supply of clothes and wash them once a week, or is it better to have just two sets and wash them every day?
In the former case, the expense of the number of sets is more, but since you wash them just once a week, you save on water and soap in the long run, and your clothes last longer because you use them less often. In the latter case, the expense of the sets is less, but you use a lot more water and soap, and your clothes don’t last as long. So which is better? From the points I’ve given, I am tending towards the first option, but somehow, I feel I’m missing out something. Any thoughts?
2. Is it more efficient to buy groceries in bulk once a month, or buy just the amount you need just in time?
Anyone who’s studied manufacturing will bet on the latter just-in-time approach. Inventory is less, so you save on storage space and avoid wastage of stocks. However, in a household context, I can’t imagine anything more inefficient than running to the store to buy paneer every time you want to make a paneer dish. On the other hand, I have friends who do this, and nothing is ever wasted or made in excess. They would rather buy 1 egg and 2 tomatoes and use them up immediately, than buy a dozen eggs or 1 kg tomato and let the items sit in the fridge. I hate grocery shopping as it is, so the thought of going practically every day is a definite no-no. Yet, I’m torn between the two options.
So what do you think? I’m really itching to settle these two questions once and for all. So your help will be greatly appreciated. 🙂