Tips for Keeping Your Emergency Food Storage Organized
Every family, indeed every individual, in America should have their own store of survival food to which they can turn in case of emergency. You cannot know exactly what sorts of emergencies might lead to you actually using your emergency food supply, and we all hope and pray that we may never have to use them, but should something happen, wouldn’t it be reassuring to know that you have a supply of food and medicine to fall back on? Sometimes though, keeping everything in order can be much easier said than done, and more often than not it just turns into one big mess. So for the less-organized preppers among us, here are some handy tips to keeping your food storage organized.
Often the packaging that food comes in is not very conducive to efficient long term storage. It can be bulky, oddly shaped, and mostly unnecessary. Store-bought packaging will also often fail to provide the necessary protection that is required to preserve food for a long time. So wherever you are able, seek to repackage your food storage. Airtight and reusable containers are available at most superstores for low costs, and they are not only economical and eco-friendly ways to store food, but they will help you to better organize your storage, and preserve your items for longer.
Once you have repackaged your food, it can soon get overwhelming to keep track of your inventory if the food is not well labeled. It seems like a basic suggestion, but you will be surprised by just how much of a difference it makes to your food storage. Make sure that you label each container carefully, not only with what is in it, but with the purchase date, expiry date, and perhaps how much of each item you have. If you want to go one step further, create an inventory on a separate sheet of paper, and stick it to the door of your pantry (or somewhere close to wherever you keep your food storage). This will help you to see at a glance exactly what you have left, what you need to replace, and what needs to be eaten sooner rather than later.
Make Use of the Space That You Have
You might be thinking, “that’s all very well, but what if I have nowhere to put all of this food?” Well, the truth is, you don’t have to own a nice large pantry or have extra space in your garage in order to keep an emergency food supply. The art of it is in finding the places in your home that are currently unused, and making them useful. You might store food in the pantry or garage if you have such a space, but if not you can just as easily use space underneath beds, behind furniture, in end tables, underneath desks, in the bottom of closets, on top of closets, under stairs, or anywhere else in your house that is currently occupied by nothing more than dust mites. When it comes to organizing your food storage, creativity is the key.