Thursday, 5 March 2020
One or two other bloggers I follow have already mentioned 'hoarding' as one result of the fear of the corona virus spreading around the world just now. The same hoarding phenomenon is being reported here too now - even if I did not notice much evidence of it when visiting my supermarket earlier this week. However, I was not really out to buy a lot of things myself on that occasion, but only a few small items.
Since a few years back (when 'my' supermarket was first in town to introduce the system), it's been my routine to order groceries and other household items online with home delivery, twice a month or so. I then try to include everything heavy and bulky, and things that can be stocked for a while without going bad.
Combined with living alone and no car, this means I've got used to a certain level of 'hoarding' some basic stuff; especially in winter, when bad weather as well as a common cold or flu might make it necessary for me to stay in for a few days. Besides groceries and kitchen paper and such, I also try to keep a certain supply of medicines and toileteries etc. Even if one cannot be prepared for everything, it's in my nature (and upbringing) to try to be prepared for things I know may happen.
So far, I don't think fear of the corona virus changed my behaviour much compared to a normal winter (flu) season. Possibly I've also lately been extra careful to avoid going by bus - but actually I haven't really wanted or needed to go further from home than I prefer to walk anyway.
The number of confirmed corona cases in Sweden keeps rising now, though (it was thirty something this morning but has tripled during the day - including one case in my town now). It seems that so far everyone still either got it from visits abroad - especially northern Italy - or by close contact with someone else who in turn got it abroad. (But of course the more people who turn out to have caught it, the harder it must be to keep it under control.)
This morning I walked into town, and popped into my favourite tea shop to get an extra supply of two of my favourite teas... I also went to my local convenience shop and bought some extra eggs and bananas. Hoping this will tide me over until my next online order! ;)
What about you? Are you a hoarder / planner by nature, or do you wait until you discover the fridge or pantry is all empty? And how is the "virus situation" developing where you live?
The image is a photo from when I was sorting through my kitchen cabinets back in January (and putting in new shelf paper). (Edited using 'colour reduction'.)