If project #1 in my back to basics challenge is meal planning, then project #2 is stocking up on supplies. Pantry supplies, toiletry supplies, hosting supplies, emergency supplies. In other words, I want to be well-supplied.
My intended purpose behind stocking up is to a) make it easy on myself and b) be prepared for the unexpected. So...
Step #1: make a list of the supplies I need. Try deliberately not to add "new red pumps" and "olive green leather handbag" to the list. Also scratch chocolate and wine.
Step #2: add chocolate and wine back to the list. Who was I kidding? Of course they're necessary supplies!
Step #3: stare blankly into my pantry and closets and realize that I have a) no room, and b) a mountain of things I haven't looked at in months.
Step #4: put my list on hold because it's crazy to shop before taking an inventory of what I already have.
Step #5: contemplate deeply why I have six cans of french-style green beans in my pantry even though I don't like them. Also, meditate on why I have twelve tubes of antibacterial gel and only one tampon.
Step #6: start eating the chocolate and drinking the wine.
Step #7: get back to business and finally weed out all of the unused and unnecessary items. Donate the good stuff to the food bank, charities, etc. Pitch the rest.
Step #8: start a new list of supplies because I've misplaced the previous one.
Step #9: go shopping for supplies. Resist handbag aisle. In fact, resist all clothing, cosmetics, magazine, and housewares aisles.
Step #10: place supplies neatly into newly cleaned pantries and closets. Smile and celebrate my accomplishments with chocolate and a glass of wine.