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I’m so happy you found my start here page!!! I’m Valerie Albrechtsen, the creator of Food Storage Organizer and I’m excited to have you along!!! I’m here to help you sensibly gather food storage and preparedness supplies. You’ll find nothing extreme on my website. Isn’t that nice.

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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 food to see what fits. What is 3-month supply of food storage? Read this flyer from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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

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 3-month foods will help your family first in an emergency. Print this inventory worksheet and write down your items.

3. Decide how much money you can spend each week to buy extra food

Is it $10 or $25? It has taken me years to build up my supplies. I’ve learned along the way what works and what doesn’t for my family. You will too. What will your budget be?

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

Sorry, but this isn’t a buy wheat so you can bury it in your basement kind of a thing. You make a grocery list each week, right? Just add a few more items to your cart that you find on sale. Or start thinking, “One to eat, and one for my shelf.”

5. Stop eating everything on your shelf

Yes, really. Use some of your foods at home but keep adding more and more so your cupboards are never empty. Build up a food supply.

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

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 different parts of the world since preparedness is specific by location. 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 have a different focus each month, so you won’t get overwhelmed.

9. Download The Keep It Simple Preparedness Guide Book from my Etsy shop

It’s a little booklet packed with lots of information to help you gather food storage and preparedness supplies each month. Never feel guilty if you can’t get something I suggest because this is your never-ending story, and you can do it anyway you want!!! BTW When you subscribe to my emails, you’ll get 25% off.

10. Follow me on Facebook or Instagram

I always have something to share to give you hope and keep you filling your lamp with oil.

Start here to make this your preparedness adventure.

You CAN do it!

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer