The Story Behind The Food Storage Organizer2015-08-03-07-27-06
Several years ago, I was one of those people who took a dive into the food storage “pool,” tread water for a few months, and then sunk to the bottom. I listened to what other people told me I was supposed to do, quickly purchased the food they suggested, but never quite understood how I would actually use it.

I soon discovered I was not going to be like the woman down the street who canned everything from her vegetable garden each summer. I had basic cooking skills, and a tremendously busy life. But I knew I needed a simple way to do this prepper thing.

I read All Is Safely Gathered In: Home Storage  from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka the Mormons), and I had an aha moment. I could do this! I could gather STEP 1: a 3-Month food supply, STEP 2: drinking water, STEP 3: a financial reserve and THEN STEP 4: long-term food storage.

But as I studied, I could see that this whole prepper thing could become expensive if I wasn’t careful. One quote kept coming to mind by Gordon B. Hinckley, former president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“We can begin ever so modestly. We can begin with a one week’s food supply and gradually build it to a month, and then to three months. I am speaking now of food to cover basic needs.” – Gordon B. Hinckley, To Men of the Priesthood, Ensign, October 2002,

Modestly? One week at a time? Gradually? Basic Needs? What he was teaching and what I was reading in other books and websites were not in sync.

So, I decided to create an organizer that had doable and affordable goals for my family which would include the counsel from my church. Since I’m a spreadsheet girl, I compared food prices at Sam’s Club, Costco, Walmart, and the LDS Home Storage Centers, and put them into a spreadsheet. Then studied sales of food and emergency supplies that occur seasonally in the United States.

I published my lists on a blog called Prepared LDS Family and over the years I’ve modified and modified those emergency prep lists to make them work for my family, and your. The Food Storage Organizer website was written for individuals and families who want to simplify gathering food storage by doing it while they grocery shop. Not exactly like how grandma did it. But believe me, it works!

Even though I am a Mormon, the Food Storage Organizer can help people of all faiths, or people with no faith, who sincerely believe emergency preparedness is important.

Why should you become better prepared? Suffice it to say you could lose your job, have a long-term medical emergency, or go through a natural disaster such as a flood, tornado, winter storm, earthquake, and hurricane. So, you would probably love to have food and emergency supplies in your home.

But the best reason for me to become a prepper is to be obedient to my church leaders. And that takes faith. Since they may not be your church leaders, whatever your why is, let it propel you to move forward. So get ready for the pool, because I want to teach you some preparedness swimming basics, so you CAN swim.

I hope you enjoy following along. You CAN do it! And I’d love to help you.

Best wishes,

Valerie Albrechtsen
Author of Prepared LDS Family and the Food Storage Organizer

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Disclaimer – Though I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am not an official church representative; all articles I’ve written are my own opinion. All suggestions about food storage, emergency preparedness, and items to purchase or store, are just suggestions. You are the best judge of what will work for your family. You promise to release me from all liability for any suggestions or opinion I’ve shared which may cause harm to you or your family. Thank you!