As you begin putting back extra food and supplies in case of an emergency, you’ll undoubtedly be faced with the question at some point or another of WHERE to store all of this stuff? Most of us live in modestly sized homes, and don’t have a lot of extra storage space to spare.
A dry basement would be the ideal place to stash your extra food and storage tubs of non-food items, such as medical supplies, personal hygiene products, lamps and candles, batteries, etc, because of it’s steady cool conditions. An attic, on the other hands, wouldn’t be suitable for much other than extra blankets and warm clothing due to the extreme heat it would likely experience during warmer months.
If you are like us, however, and you don’t have a basement in your home, you’ll have to get creative with what space you do have available to use. I know, I can hear you now, “But I don’t have ANY extra space in my home!” If this is you, there’s one very important thing you need to do this week: DECLUTTER.
We all have stuff we don’t need anymore crammed in closets and cabinets, things we haven’t touched or even thought about in years. Clothes, kitchen gadgets, toiletries, knick knacks, all shoved away for that one day when we might need them. Do yourself a favor and simplify your life by letting go. Have a yard sale. Make a few bucks, donate the rest, and use your hard-earned moolah to buy more essential preps. Then work your way through the spaces and condense what’s left to make room for storage supplies.
Where To Store Emergency Supplies Around The House
Cabinets– Most homes have at least a few sets of cabinets in the kitchen and the bathroom. After you’ve decluttered and have taken out all of the stuff you really don’t need, reorganize and try to empty up at least one cabinet for emergency items. Do you have wall space where you can build shelves to hold some of the items in your cabinet? Try your best to make use of any empty space you have in your home. It might help if you put storage items in plastic boxes or totes that you can stack on top of each other to maximize vertical space.
Shelves– How high can you go? Is there deadspace way up above your existing shelves? Can you install more to make better use of that space?
Closets– I want you to work hard at converting one of your existing closets into one for emergency supplies only. In our master bedroom we have a “his” and “hers” closet. I had my husband install another shelf in his closet for me to hang my clothes on, and we built wrap around shelves in my previous closet to use for storage. We also built shelves in our coat closet and converted it to emergency storage space as well.
Underneath Beds– You’d be amazed at how much stuff you can slide underneath a bed. If you have to raise the legs of the beds up a little to accommodate boxes or totes, they make risers you can use for just this purpose. Or an old brick works just as well. A nice bedskirt will hide your stockpile beautifully. There’s no reason to let all of that empty space go to waste!
Storage Furniture– If you’re really tight on space you might consider swapping out your coffee table for one that opens up and has storage space inside. Same goes for using storage benches and ottomans when possible.
However you decide to store it, it’s a good idea to keep a log of the items you have in your storage, and where exactly they are so that you can find them in a hurry when you need them. Keep paper products and blankets somewhere rodent proof. I love using plastic storage totes to organize and protect our goods. Don’t forget to label your totes so you can find what you’re looking for at a glance.
Be encouraged. I’m betting there’s lots of wasted space in your home just waiting to be used. It might take some purging and organizing, but you’ll find it.
*For more information on what types of food and supplies I think everyone should be putting aside, check out my Emergency Preparedness Series.
Where are some creative places you’ve found to stash supplies in your home?