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Hooray!! You found my website. I’m Valerie Albrechtsen, the creator of Food Storage Organizer and I’m excited to have you with me. I’m here to help you sensibly gather food storage and preparedness supplies. Believe me, you’ll find nothing extreme on my website.

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1. Set a goal to gather a 3-month supply of pantry foods.

If you live in a small home, start with a 1-month supply of pantry food to see what fits and then build it to a 3-month supply. Why a 3-month supply of food storage? To understand more, read “Family Home Storage: A New Message” from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

2. List the cans, boxes, and bags of food in your kitchen now.

These are the foods you’ll consistently gather into your 3-month food storage supply. Things like peanut butter, breakfast cereal, pasta, canned food, baking supplies, etc. It’s important to have these foods before you buy long-term wheat or dry beans because a 3-month supply of food will help your family first in an emergency. Print this inventory worksheet and write down your items.

3. Decide how much you can spend each week on extra food.

Is it $10, $25, $50 or $100? It has taken me years to build up my supplies and I’ve learned to do it gradually. You will too. What will your budget be?

4. Commit to buying extra items each time you grocery shop.

You make a grocery list each week, right? Start the habit of adding extra items you use to your grocery cart. Start thinking, “One to eat now, and one for my shelf.”

5. Stop eating everything on your shelf.

Yes, really. Use some of your foods at home but keep increasing your shelf supply so your cupboards are never empty. Build up a food supply, but don’t horde food.

6. Visit the Temporal Preparedness Resources page from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

This is a great resource! Here you will find tips for making an emergency plan, being financially prepared, food storage and production, and emotional preparedness.

7. Print your Local Area Preparedness Guide.

It’s amazing!!! The Latter-day Saint Church has been creating a preparedness guide for various parts of the world. I love them! You were not left alone.

8. Subscribe to my weekly emails.

Each week I share tips and ideas called Prep Challenges to help you gather food storage and emergency supplies. I focus on a different category each month, so you won’t get overwhelmed.

9. Download my Preparedness Printables from my Etsy shop.

After years of research, I created a systematic way of gathering a different category of food storage and emergency items each month year-round. These items will simplify stocking up and help you remain focused.

Stock up on a 3-month supply of pantry foods, emergency water, long-term food storage, emergency equipment, items for your 72-hour (grab and go) kit and other household items.

10. Follow me on Facebook or Instagram.

I love sharing ideas to give you hope that you can become better prepared for emergencies and trials in your life. I hope you’ll start your preparedness adventure today.

You CAN do it!

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer