Not a personal inventory, though it is something we should do on a daily basis...lol. I want to look at inventory as it applies to home economics and restaurants. It's basically the same thing. So without further ado, hear is my spin on it.
What is inventory in simple words?
Inventory refers to all the items, goods, merchandise, and materials held by a business for selling in the market to earn a profit. Example: If a newspaper vendor uses a vehicle to deliver newspapers to the customers, only the newspaper will be considered inventory.
Why does it matter?
Well, we are living in trying times. Right? It seems that many households have taken to hording food and other supplies. I suppose the pandemic has contributed to this fear based mentality. I can say from experience, having been in many homes, that this isn't really all that new. People in general have a poor understanding about the shelf life of food...right down to the dried herbs and spices in your pantry. This being said, there are many self professed chefs that have the same problem! You may very well be eating really old freezer burnt food at your favorite eatery. Sorry, but it's the truth. I've seen it a hundred times over the years. Little to no inventory management systems in place.
What's the solution?
This is not an easy answer, you have no control over what someone else does. You do have a choice about where you eat, right? I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Eat at local, responsible restaurants that use local, sustainable and fresh made foods...no Sysco Shit!
Inventory control for DUMMIES.
I'm to lazy to explain, check this out if you dare; https://www.investopedia.com/terms/i/inventoryturnover.asp
Back to you home cooks. Of course you can apply the steps every good restauranteur should follow, but I don't think that's needed. keep it simple, buy what you need for 2-3 days, cook some meals ahead as well. Protein, vegetables and fruit should be used within 3-5 days. As for pantry items, keep them to minimum to reflect your cooking style. Buy herbs and spices in minimum quantities, same with baking stuff. Buy what you need, not what you want. Don't go shopping hungry or HIGH...LOL. Anyway, have a great day, Cheers!