Preparedness Challenge: January Week 2

Preparedness Challenge: January Week 2 is the week you’ve been waiting for. A chance to get organized and clean out your kitchen. This week you’ll make two preparedness binders and clean out your kitchen cupboards. If you have a basement and are super brave, you can clean out your food storage room as well. Let’s get to work.

1. Make Two Preparedness Binders

  • If you haven’t already, sign up for my weekly emails on the top left of my website. Each email will include the printable of the challenge.
  • Download and print these binder covers My Disaster Plan binder and My Home Storage Plan.
  • Find or buy two 1 1/2″ binders and two sets of 8 divider tabs.
  • Slide your binder covers in the clear fronts.
  • Label “My Disaster Plan” binder tabs: 
    1. Evacuation
    2. First Aid
    3. Communication
    4. Cooking
    5. Sanitation
    6. Power/Light
    7. Shelter
    8. Clothing
  • Label “My Home Storage Plan binder tabs:
    1. Prep Challenges 
    2. Prices 
    3. Menus 
    4. Food Prep 
    5. Food INV
    6. Non-Food INV
    7. Garden 
    8. EM Fund (Emergency Fund)
  • Print the Latter-day Saint Home Storage Center price list. Put it behind the PRICES tab in “My Home Storage Plan” binder. 
  • File any preparedness handouts floating around the house in your binders. *NOTE: “My Disaster Binder” is not for important papers like insurance, medical, wills, etc. That would be an Emergency Binder.

 2. Organize Your Kitchen Cupboards

  • Take all the food out of your kitchen cupboards and put it on your table our counters.
  • Throw away expired or damaged foods, and foods you don’t eat anymore and toss it.
  • Tomato based products have a 2-year shelf life because they’re acidic. Long-term food doesn’t last forever except sugar and honey. Canned flour has a limited shelf life of 8 to 10 years. When in doubt, toss it. Or you can try it and then toss it. 
  • Wipe those shelves clean.
  • Organize foods into categories: small canned foods, pasta/rice/potatoes, baking ingredients, breakfast items, etc. This will help you see what you need to buy or inventory.
  • PRINT the Basic Food Storage Inventory Page.pdf or Basic Food Storage Inventory Page.xls.
  • List the shelf stable foods you have on the inventory page under the matching category.
  • Put the inventory page in My Home Storage binder under the HOME INV tab.
  • Organize any other cupboards or drawers in your kitchen. 

Getting organized feels so good. I’m sure you’ll figure out some great ways to do it!

Valerie Albrechtsen, The Food Storage Organizer

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