When someone asks me where to start when it comes to preparedness, I almost always say, “Start de-cluttering!” I know they were expecting advice for buying buckets of wheat and bags of beans. Neither of those are bad moves, but start by eliminating what you don’t need. Here’s why.
- Clearing out unused, unwanted, and even broken junk is a great way to lift your spirits. Seeing those cleaned out drawers, cupboards, and closets is a boost to your morale. You almost feel thinner!
- As you set aside everything you don’t want, you’ll almost certainly begin finding things you do want! Things that would be on your survival check-list anyway. These discoveries will save you from buying duplicates, and then someday discovering that you own eleven pocket knives and five hammers!
- Your stack of unwanted stuff will eventually be large enough for a garage sale. This might bring in a few hundred dollars, depending on what you have to sell, which, in turn, can be used to purchase what you really need to be better prepared.
- Once your storage areas are cleared out, you now have extra space for storing extra food, water, supplies, necessary tools, etc. If you live in a small space, de-cluttering is a prepper’s life-saver!
DO set a deadline for yourself. De-cluttering isn’t much fun, and it’s easy to get side-tracked. I know! Schedule a date to be finished with a particular room or even the whole house, and if a garage sale is more effort than you care to make, call Goodwill or another charity and bless them with your unwanted goods.
De-cluttering should be one of your first goals as a prepper.
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