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Title: Getting organized
Post by: busymomx3 on November 19, 2013, 03:54:14 PM
So as our preps get bigger I am really needing a system to track what we have, what we need and keeping it all organized.  I've been looking on pinterest for organizing stuff in the house although alot don't account for the "extra" stuff we keep.  What do you do to track what you have and what you need?  Would you change anything?  If you have pictures of your organization that would be fabulous too.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Getting organized
Post by: OutWestTX on November 27, 2013, 06:39:07 PM
I keep my preps organized on index cards.  I know some people use spreadsheets and all that, but index cards work without power, they are cheap, and easy to rearrange, etc. 
Title: Re: Getting organized
Post by: Frugal Upstate on November 27, 2013, 08:53:35 PM
Organization is my Achilles heel, so I'll be watching this thread for ideas.
Title: Re: Getting organized
Post by: OutWestTX on November 28, 2013, 07:21:27 AM
Organization is my Achilles heel, so I'll be watching this thread for ideas.

It definitely isn't my strong point.  Another thing I did was to bite the bullet and buy a bunch of rubbermaid containers and finally organized things and labeled them.  It has saved me so much time. 

Most of my actual preps I keep in 5 gallon buckets.  Food is in white buckets.  Essentials that I have to have no matter what is in orange buckets.  Nice-to-have is in blue buckets.  That way if I ever had to bug out, I could just grab buckets according to their color and go.  I like 5 gallon buckets because they have handles and unlike the rubbermaid containers I can pick them up even when packed with stuff.  The color coding will save time in an emergency.
Title: Re: Getting organized
Post by: busymomx3 on December 01, 2013, 04:22:56 PM
I like the index cards and bucket idea.
I know I need to get something in place to know what I have and what I need.  Right now we have BOB's that need to be gone through and really nothing else in place if we have to bug out.  We are hopeful that we can stay put so I will have to do something to keep track.  9 people is a lot to organize for :).  Thanks for the ideas ladies.
Title: Re: Getting organized
Post by: Brownlow on December 02, 2013, 12:38:19 AM
Have you looked at Evernote? Im trying to get more organized and I'm looking at that program. It's a free download.
Title: Re: Getting organized
Post by: Mullers Lane Farm on December 04, 2013, 08:31:49 PM
Before I get into how I organize my schtuff, let me ask a question to help me understand something.  Please consider that I do live on a small acreage (11 + 2 we rent in trade).  WHY do people prepare to bug out? Do most have a plan for bugging IN?  If you are bugging out, where are you planning on going?  If you are bugging out why do you store more than what you can carry with you?

Quit laughing, smirking, shrugging, what ever ... I really don't understand. I'm not understanding why you would leave all your supplies and go to who-knows-where without a lot of your stuff.  Consider this, I have not lived 'in town' for over 25 years ... and even then, it was a small city and on the outskirts at that.

A house or even an apartment is much easier to defend than acreage!  Help me understand!!

Organization:  Like I said, we have a small acreage homestead.  We already produce 100% of all our meat and about 95% of our vegetables & fruits.  We also have eggs and honey  (we got rid of our milk cow when the last child left home and will NOT consider a milk goat ... don't even try to suggest it  ;) )

I have 4 large freezers.  One each for beef, pork & poultry and another in the house for an assortment of meats and frozen vegetables, et al.  When we get ready to process another animals, anything left in the freezer are pressure canned and dated.  For canned vegetables, I do keep an Excel spreadsheet of what I have canned for the year.  In late winter (when I'm ready to get seeds started), I take an inventory of my canned goods and see what I need to plant that year. I try to can at least 2 years worth of an item since crop failure is known to happen!  After a few years, I have a good rotation of canned goods.  Grains are kept in the house freezer until I grind them for flour to use immediately.  When I open my next to last bag, I order more.
Title: Re: Getting organized
Post by: OutWestTX on December 05, 2013, 08:40:42 AM
WHY do people prepare to bug out? Do most have a plan for bugging IN?  If you are bugging out, where are you planning on going?  If you are bugging out why do you store more than what you can carry with you?

While you and I live at our bug out locations, a lot of people on this forum live in the city and must leave if something happens.  We are lucky.  Most preppers I know do not live in a "safe" location and that is why there is so much discussion about bugging out.
Title: Re: Getting organized
Post by: Mullers Lane Farm on December 05, 2013, 12:30:42 PM
Thanks OutWestTX ... okay, so the sheer number of people living in a city without preps makes it more dangerous to the folks that do have preps.  Got it.  But why keep more preps than you can carry out? And where are people planning on bugging out to?  Do most city/town preppers have a safe place to go to and a way to get their stored items there?

Please understand, I seriously want to know, to learn about how folks in town plan in a SHTF situation.  It helps me become better prepared about what I might expect from town folks if they wander out to our place.

TIA
Title: Re: Getting organized
Post by: busymomx3 on December 05, 2013, 02:07:49 PM
When we lived in town we stocked items at our bug out location.  In a few weeks we are moving to our bug out location on 20 acres 30 miles in every direction from anything town like, further for major metropolitan areas.  When we lived in the PNW we stocked and stored so that we could bug in until conditions got to bad.  We weren't far from Seattle.  We didn't know where we would go then but we had different options depending on what happened.  Sometimes it's just a matter of where you live and what is around you.  If you live inside city limits it's going to get crazy with all the people who aren't prepared and start pillaging IMO. 
I really like the sound of your set up.  We are working on getting the cow.  We already have chickens, goats and horses.  Garden is starting but small right now.
Title: Re: Getting organized
Post by: OutWestTX on December 05, 2013, 05:22:11 PM
Thanks OutWestTX ... okay, so the sheer number of people living in a city without preps makes it more dangerous to the folks that do have preps.  Got it.  But why keep more preps than you can carry out? And where are people planning on bugging out to?  Do most city/town preppers have a safe place to go to and a way to get their stored items there?


Like BusyMom says, a lot of it depends on where you live and what your threat level is.  I live in a very small, very isolated place in Texas.  I do not plan to bug out.  But some people live near Nuclear Power Plants, large cities, the coast, etc.  Their preps might be geared toward a hurricane or nuclear fall out or something different from mine.  Because I am rural and already have the garden and livestock, I expect people to come here to bug out to me.  I plan for that.  We built a bunkhouse for the extra people.  You might not have friends and relatives coming.  You might need to prep to defend yourself against city people who are desperate. 

Cities are "more dangerous" because city people do not have a way to grow food to sustain themselves.  By nature, cities have way more people living off government handouts.  They are not preppers.  They will be expecting the government to come and help them and when that doesn't happen things will get ugly.

There are many urban/suburban preppers on this forum who plan to bug out to rural locations.  They are hoping to have their vehicles to transport their preps.  There are some who do not have anywhere to go. 
Title: Re: Getting organized
Post by: Bonnieblue2A on December 05, 2013, 07:44:45 PM
Before I get into how I organize my schtuff, let me ask a question to help me understand something.  Please consider that I do live on a small acreage (11 + 2 we rent in trade).  WHY do people prepare to bug out? Do most have a plan for bugging IN?  If you are bugging out, where are you planning on going?  If you are bugging out why do you store more than what you can carry with you?.............


Not all bad things happen in the cities.  There can be natural and man made disasters in rural areas too that might make leaving the homestead in a hurry necessary.  Think about floods and wildfires, the explosion of the fertilizer plant in TX many months ago or of derailment of a train carrying toxic chemicals and having the unfortunate luck that your homestead is in the down wind danger zone.

My primary plan would be to go to a friend or relative's home many, many miles away if I had to leave the homestead.  I have been busy the past several years sending them 'preps' so I know they will have some....just in case.
Title: Re: Getting organized
Post by: Mullers Lane Farm on December 05, 2013, 10:47:07 PM
You guys are great.  This really helps me have a better understanding.

Yes, we have family that will come to us.  We also have friends a few hours away from us and family a few states away from us that we have worked out a mutual agreement if something happens in one of our areas to bug to their place.
Title: Re: Getting organized
Post by: Oxymoron02 on December 06, 2013, 09:47:32 AM
I really don't understand. I'm not understanding why you would leave all your supplies and go to who-knows-where without a lot of your stuff.  Consider this, I have not lived 'in town' for over 25 years ... and even then, it was a small city and on the outskirts at that.

okay, so the sheer number of people living in a city without preps makes it more dangerous to the folks that do have preps.  Got it.  But why keep more preps than you can carry out? And where are people planning on bugging out to?  Do most city/town preppers have a safe place to go to and a way to get their stored items there?

I live in suburbia, and my plan A is bugging in.  Tornadoes don't always follow my plans.  Falling trees don't follow my plans much better during a hurricane or ice storm.  My house could be destroyed, and I might be lucky enough to survive it.  Going in and getting all my stuff might not be on option.  Getting in the door and grabbing a bug out bag, I might be that lucky.

I can't speak for most preppers, but in the event of a localized disaster, I have someplace to go which is close enough while still being far enough that they probably weren't hit (100 miles as the crow flies).  I have another place further away (300 miles as the crow flies), and in the other direction, that I can go to if the first place is also hit by the disaster.

As far as taking it all ... if I can get to it, my house is probably not damaged enough that I would feel the need to leave.  We have 5 kids, and all the things for 7 people is more stuff than I could reasonably move.  If you consider that any disaster bad enough that I feel the need to leave my home could trivially have taken out our vehicles too, moving stuff becomes less and less practical.  I could forcibly squeeze my whole family into our smallest vehicle if I absolutely had to, but there'd be almost no room for stuff at that point.  On foot, I really don't want to think about it.  I have 2 still in diapers.

Why bug out?  Because you can't stay.  Why have more preps than you can carry?  Because leaving them behind is not my plan A.
Title: Re: Getting organized
Post by: busymomx3 on December 12, 2013, 06:36:02 PM
I really appreciate the thoughts on other things that could force you to leave home.  It has helped me to realize where I might be lacking.  I just hate to feel overwhelmed.  So I will focus on my bug in location and then work on the if we have to leave option.  I do have a go bag though and feel good about that.
Title: Re: Getting organized
Post by: OutWestTX on December 12, 2013, 08:25:27 PM
I really appreciate the thoughts on other things that could force you to leave home.  It has helped me to realize where I might be lacking.  I just hate to feel overwhelmed.  So I will focus on my bug in location and then work on the if we have to leave option.  I do have a go bag though and feel good about that.

I keep an emergency bag in my truck.  What if I break down somewhere?  It might be 40 miles to the nearest town out here.  You might add a bag to your car. 

As for reasons to leave... tornado, wildfire, nuclear fallout, chemical spill, the Mexican Army coming...you just never know.  I plan to stay, but I'm ready to leave if I have to.  And, another thing your might organize is your pets.  If you have to bug out with them make sure you have food, shot records, and a way to contain them. 
Title: Re: Getting organized
Post by: busymomx3 on December 13, 2013, 05:19:30 PM
Ok so I came across a great idea today so I thought I would share. 
A lady in my canning group on FB has chalkboard strips on the front of her shelves and then labels what is on those shelves!  How clever is that?  I'm totally thinking about seeing how hard it would be.  You could even put dates for canned goods or how many are on that shelf.
Title: Re: Getting organized
Post by: Bonnieblue2A on December 24, 2013, 08:35:43 AM
I keep an emergency bag in my truck.  What if I break down somewhere?  It might be 40 miles to the nearest town out here.  You might add a bag to your car. 

As for reasons to leave... tornado, wildfire, nuclear fallout, chemical spill, the Mexican Army coming...you just never know.  I plan to stay, but I'm ready to leave if I have to.  And, another thing your might organize is your pets.  If you have to bug out with them make sure you have food, shot records, and a way to contain them.

+1   This is so important to have a vehicle emergency bag, especially for those in winter climates who may find themselves stranded due to winter road closures.

My dog travels in a crate in the vehicle (for his safety) and I keep a bag for him with an extra leash, poop bags, brush, zip-lock bag x 2 days food, bowl, and fresh water for every trip.  I have not put together a K-9 first aid kit because I carry anything I can anticipate him needing in the vehicle first aid kit.
Title: Re: Getting organized
Post by: busymomx3 on January 13, 2014, 08:23:01 AM
I usually keep at least a first aid kit. But with now living 30 miles from town I think a better vehicle bag would be smart. Glad I rechecked this thread :).