One problem that plagues most preppers is organization. With so much stuff taking over their lives, they struggle to contain it all. We have found the key to preparedness is painstaking organization. I regularly inventory and organize everything we have so that in the event of an emergency I can lay my hands on whatever is needed - immediately. Really, if you can't find something, you may as well not have it.
|Glove in two sizes|
|PPE at the ready|
|Trays for quick access|
Recently I inventoried and organized our medical supplies. Because we live in a small "shouse", I use every square inch to the best of my ability. In an ongoing attempt to make our shouse work for us I rearranged our bathroom and added a 4 x 6 foot shelving unit to hold all of our medical equipment and, for now, our radios and batteries.
Our new shelving allows us to organize medical supplies in labeled tubs for easy access and also allows for larger bulk storage. Within easy reach we have oral hygiene and fever reducers, along with allergy medicine and cough drops. We have personal protection equipment (gloves, face shields and surgical masks), cold packs, elastic bandages and co-flex, in addition to betadine, alcohol and gauze. All of the tubs are labeled and easily accessible.
|Tubs of necessities|
|Easily accessible for every member of the family|
|Larger bulk items|
|The shelves go on and on....|
|Newly rearranged space|
As I organized, I also took an inventory of what we had and what we needed. With young children, we still go through more medical supplies than I care to admit, and never seem to have enough band aides or co-flex. I've found that taking inventory once a year generally maintains our standard of readiness. Every spring I inventory medical supplies, followed by food stores in the summer and fuels in the fall. Every winter I inventory seeds and gardening equipment. This constant schedule of inventory and organization keeps us well supplied and ready for whatever may come our way.
|We keep a trauma tray in the table in the living room.....|
|For everyday emergencies!|
Ultimately, your preps are only as good as their location - if you can't find it, you may as well not have it. Inventory and organization will not only save you time and money, it may well safe your life.