How NOT to Look Like the Neighborhood Nutcase as You Prepare

“How do you NOT look like the neighborhood nut case and still get ready for a crisis in your life?”   

I was asked this question earlier this week. The short answer I give for this question is you can get prepared without looking any different than the Jones’…unless you’re not trying to keep up with the Jones’ which, in this case, would just mean you don’t look like the crazies on the block, lane, dirt road, etc. 

Of course, he asked the big question, “HOW?”

Basically, you’re operating off of the KISS principle – Keep It Super Simple.

  • Buy a little extra of what you use on a daily basis for food when you go shopping.
  • Order your camping (emergency preparedness) gear during the appropriate season or, if you’re like, me after season when it goes on clearance.
  • Buy things on Amazon, and they will come to your front door.  Not even the delivery man knows what’s inside all those packages.  (Of course, this one doesn't work so well if you're wanting to keep your purchases off the grid.) 

Another guy then asked, “How do I store all of those things in the house without my wife flipping out about living in a warehouse?”

This is a valid question.  I told them that I wanted my wife to be on board, involved, and not just along for the ride.  This way, she knows what we have, where things are stored and hopefully how to use it all.  So, Men, get your wife’s input on what to get, where to store it and how to organize it!

  • You can store most non-food items in the garage on some shelves or even in the man cave.  (Storing food items where the temperature fluctuates a lot will quickly and significantly reduce the nutritional value.)
  • I know a guy who had a “movie room” and he built a platform for stadium seating.  He stored all of his camping gear in the raised platform. 
  • Another guy I know stored a lot of his gear under the bed.
  • Even do something as simple as taking a hallway closet and making it into a pantry works.
  • If you’re fortunate enough to have a basement, section off part of it for storage.  (You can even just use sheets as curtains to separate the space.)
  • And the list can go on and on….

My point being that, you can buy and store items in a way that, unless you show them off to people when you give someone a tour of your house, most people will not know that you have things stored up.

I would love to hear from those of you that have come up with some other creative solutions.  We’re all looking for new ideas.  No one wants to re-invent the wheel!  Please comment and share how you have solved storage problems in your home. 


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4 Responses to

How NOT to Look Like the Neighborhood Nutcase as You Prepare

  1. Nancy Snyder says:

    I found some great storage space….look up! <giggle> how many just did…but seriously go into the closet and look up.  Over the door to the ceiling is a LOT of space to put shelves. We found that with 10 ft ceilings, the closet door at 6 foot…we got another 3 1/2 to 4 feet of storage space.
    Just remember higher is not better when it comes to food. You might want to figure out the temp in the of ours was not food safe (too warm) but the other one was good.  I used L brackets on the studs and put wood (almost any kind will do and does not have to be shelf quality). We freed up a lot of lower space and floor space this way.  So look up!

  2. Andrew says:

    Great idea and good reminder about the food.  Thank you for sharing.


  3. Thanks for link to your page! :) You two have some great ideas! I look forward to reading more from you! 

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