Prepping Without Clutter: Can it Be Done?

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When my husband was in the military (which feels like many moons ago, though in reality, it was just a few years), we lived in a medium-sized townhouse. We had a little pantry and a garage and more cupboards than I knew what to do with. It was easy to convert our upstairs walk-in closet into a survival room, complete with food storage, extra clothes, and emergency supplies. I had shelves and books and first aid kits and flashlights. I had food and laundry detergent and candles and all sorts of amazing, wonderful prepping things.

Then he got out of the military and we moved to a little 2-bedroom apartment halfway across the country.

Suddenly, we were pressed for space and couldn't store as much as we used to.

This raised the question, "How can we prep without clutter?"

When you're living in a small space, you can certainly still prep. You'll have to be creative, though, and you may not be able to store as much as your prepping-counterparts who have large houses or land. There's nothing wrong with prepping in small spaces. You can absolutely still do it. You will have to think outside of the box though and you'll have to make some tough choices.

For example, how much of a food storage do you need? At one point, we had enough food to last a few months. When we moved, we were lucky to be able to store three weeks' worth of food. Consider sitting down with your spouse or partner and talking about how much you actually want and need to store. In reality, most families will be fine with a one-month food storage. If you're planning to be without power or access to a store for longer than that, you may need to start thinking about getting out of dodge, to be honest.

In addition to storing less, you can also store smarter. Remember: you don't need an extra room for prepping. You can easily store gallons of water in a linen closet or extra flashlights under the bed. You can get a hurricane or tornado box and fill that up with supplies, then store it in your child's closet behind the pile of toys.

The biggest thing to remember when you're trying to do no-clutter prepping is that you can't compare yourself to other people. There will always be someone better, more prepared, or more organized than you. So what? Good for them! Worry about making your own house perfect for you and your spouse and forget what anyone else thinks. What matters is that you prep in a way that makes sense for your family.

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