Thursday, June 16, 2016

Spilling the Beans on Practical Prepping...

What I haven't told you is since we purchased our new home (about a year and a half ago), I have actually been testing my storage and using everything from my preps. The truth is I didn't want to have to move all of our preps. I have learned a LOT. Now I am ready to spill the beans about what I have learned about practical prepping. What works and what doesn't work, how prepared we actually turned out to be. Also showing you the various adjustments I am making to my storage with this new paradigm shift. This is really changing up how we prepare. Duh, learning the skills to make stuff.

Let's start with my initial Make a List: We were started prepping, the very first step for me was I simply started by making a list of everything thing we used everyday. Literally, from the time I woke up I wrote down what we used...this worked extremely well.

Things like: water, meds. (prescription and OTC's), TP, soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc...

I utilized the principle of "use one, but two". I really had more than enough stored. But then I have decided to actually store less and learn to adapt my thought process.
Let's just use three examples.
First, toilet paper. I had two years worth of toilet paper stored by the time we were getting ready to move. i had to laugh. I found out that sometime along the way, the toilet paper company had reduced the size of the roll by about 1/2 an inch. 

 What I am doing now. I have 1 year of actual toilet paper stored & I have a box of clean clothes that I cut from old shirts I was getting rid off to use as personal clothes.  I have black, white and cream colors. Each has it's own purpose, if you get my drift. You could even store red ones if necessary. I pick really soft materials, since it was available. I chose a years supply in case it was just a loss of job, or something medical so we could have a decent supply of t.p. 

But, in case the SHTF, we might as well just get used to using the cloth. These personal clothes are now sitting on a top shelf in the bedroom ready when needed. 
The bonus is, it is already prepared a head of time and takes up less storage space. Certainly better than depending on leaves. 

Now, shampoo. Even after using a years supply, I found I still have at least 3 years worth of shampoo and conditioner. I am going to work that down to about a years worth (to save storage space). Again, 1 year to store; but now I will be increasing my storage of baking soda to make my own shampoo and conditioner. Just another great principle of prepping: learn how to make it. It really is simply to make.
I have also learned how to make my own vinegar and I am growing my own herbs for tinctures.

While I am at it, here is my recipe for DIY Toothpaste. I still have a least two years worth of toothpaste stored. I am going to run that down to one years supply. Again reducing actually toothpaste I am storing, since I already store the ingredients in bulk. Saving time & money. 
Three simple things/skills that I have learned that are now reducing what I have to store in my preps.

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