Yep, it’s been a while. No excuses, no apologies. Okay, the holidays were hectic, and I’m still working on end-of-year stuff, but . . . here I am!
Here I am, sitting in sub-zero temps – outside, not inside, thank heavens. Although my tub/shower pipes seem to keep disagreeing with that.
My point is that, while I can’t get outside and do much of anything in the way of prepping or, really going into the garage is a bit painful too, I have resolved (ahem) to do at least ONE THING, every day.
So far, I’ve packed up and labelled my generally useless drawer of sewing supplies. It’s not a lot, none of sew, actually; I even gave up on buttons and such over the years. I’m not very good at it. But who knows, maybe someday? And, of course, when SHTF, I’ll be forced into it. But at least I have those supplies!
I’ve also counted, rearranged, and re-catalogued my indoor supplies, as well as my freezer. You know how sometimes you need just ONE THING to make dinner, so you grab it out of the supplies? Yes, I’m guilty. On the other hand, it is important to rotate supplies on at least a semi-regular basis. And I’ll be restocking as soon as the roads clear up and the temps rise.
Something else to consider – I’m sure you’re familiar with all the “stuff” we all accumulate. Well, when SHTF, what’s going to happen to it? Now, I can be as sentimental as the next person, and there’s no reason not to enjoy our “stuff” as long as we have it, but what about all the things you DON’T need, or DON’T use, or even don’t really want or need to keep?
Like old clothes, most of which are too small. For me, that is. Maybe not for you. And, of course, if you bug out or stay in and lose power, you might want to forgo fashion and just layer up. Unless what you have is too small, of course. So keep what’s useful, but that old cocktail dress you’ve held onto for years that’s a size or two too small? Sell it. Sell whatever you can, and sock away that money in your cash stash.
Keep the blankets, old sheets, ugly sweaters. Especially right now, I’m thinking of all things warm. Single gloves gone the way of old socks? Keep them. Again, layers. But really think about the other “stuff,” stuff besides clothes, maybe old DVDs or CDs, maybe a box of computer parts and wires, maybe things you were going to repair, someday, or whatever you don’t use or need or will probably never look at again.
So there you have it – no outdoor action right now, unless you have livestock, so get busy on the inside!
Excellent post, Robin! A great reminder! Tending to hoard but not rotate or keep track of what we have is a bad practice. That goes for food and supplies of all kinds. I treat my collection of supplies like a store and can put a finger on anything anytime. Hopefully “:))
It’s a good time to go winter camping so you know what’s in store for you if you have to bug out when it’s twenty five below. 😀
I love to camp in the winter. This is not winter. This is hell frozen over. I’m afraid if SHTF happens during temps like this, I’m a goner!
Oh come on Robin, it’s not that bad in Hell right now. http://www.wunderground.com/US/MI/Hell.html
Your advice comes a little late Robin. About three months ago I threw away a whole bag of sweaters and flannel sheets. I could kick myself now.
Sorry, Conny! Hope things are looking up – but don’t forget the towel next time!