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I would encourage you to do something every week to help with your personal preparedness. Learn something, buy something, teach something or do something. Doing a little each week will pay off .

Friday, January 16, 2009

Friday - Drop off Canned Goods List - Tomatoes

I honestly haven't done this since the first of December. I am ready to get myself reorganized!

Today's topic - Tomatoes

I have 2 recipes a week that use 2 cans of tomatoes.
That translates into 8 cans a month or 48 cans a year, x 2 = 96 cans for these two recipes for two years. I like to have extra's as well. Bottom line I need to order another case of tomatoes. I did can tomatoes in the fall, but our summer weather was so weird & I didn't get enough tomatoes for what we need and as I like to keep my supplies up.

I try to keep an extra case so as we use it we don't go under our 4 cases needed for the years supply. I have used 1/2 of the extra case so I need to get another. When I have that I will move the 1/2 used case upstairs and rotate the newest one to the back.

My food storage is my mini grocery store. I use most of the stuff down there through the year. We don't go through as many beans and a few dry goods like that, but the canned goods are things we use all the time. It needs to be rotated anyway so it all works out great.

Deep Cleaning Our House

Pix before - boxes just piled on top of each other.
Pix after - plastic buckets I picked up at garage sales and clearance sales. So much more room - gave me the ability to put all our non food items in another location all together and a different place than our food storage. It will be so much easier to track and rotate.

This really doesn't seem like something that fits into preparedness, but it really does.
Several years ago there were about 8 families in our neighborhood that did a 3 day without water/electricty experiment. It was fascinating and the things we learned were amazing.
One of those things was about clutter.
After about a day of not having conviences the clutter drove everyone nuts. I can see why the pioneers lived so simply. My house isn't cluttered in the living area's. But the storage area's tend to get this way. After when we evaluated, every person made this comment on their form independent of the other participants.
If I could offer some advice on your preparedness, things to do list. It would be to go through your house and room by room declutter and dejunk it now. That is what I am doing this winter. I am decluttering.
So far I have moved the water, redone the non food storage room - items like TP, personal care, etc., cleaned up the holiday room, dejunked a bedroom downstairs, redone my Christmas storage, now I am working on the family room. Then the storage area and our food storage room. The basement needs it the most so that is where I have started and where I will be for the next few weeks.