This week, your 3-month food storage goal is to find a place in your home where you are going to store your food. The ideal place to store food is in a cool, dark place, but do what you can. It could be in a closet, under a bed, on some shelves in the basement, wherever. I have even heard an idea of pulling your living room couches a foot from the wall and stacking food storage behind them! Be creative! Right now, my food storage is under my guest bed and in random cupboards in my kitchen. Abs has some of hers in a decorative chest that sits in her hallway (see pictures below). My goal for this week is to get mine in one place and organize it. This is also a great way to take inventory of what I have.
The first "emergency preparedness" project is an emergency car kit. On the left column of this website, I've listed all the items that we suggest you have for this kit; HOWEVER, don't go buy it all this week! All you need to do this week is find a box that you will keep the items in. Abs has a cute plastic bin from Ikea; I will probably start off using a brown cardboard box. In all likelihood there is something around your house that you can use, too. Make sure this box will fit in the trunk of your car, because that's where it will be kept long-term. Also, glance over this list and you will probably notice that you already have many of these items! Feel free to add them to the car kit now.
These car kits aren't necessarily only for dire emergencies like breaking down on the side of a freeway, or getting stuck in a blizzard (although they will certainly be handy for that!). The blanket/towels are perfect for impromptu picnics! Snacks really come in handy when errands take longer than planned. A small first aid kit is great to have just in case. Just be sure to replenish items as you use them up.
I hope you enjoy these pictures of where we keep food storage. Also, Abs has a completed car kit for you to see!
Food storage is everywhere! In closets, in the pantry, under beds, in boxes, on shelves.
And here is the car kit:
Abs and I love to hear from you, so let us know: where do you think you will you be keeping your food storage? Or, if you already have food storage, where is it?