And it could be that a lot of us have prepped for years, and use this forum to give and take away ideas.
As for Husband and I, we moved to the BOL, spent a couple years wresting the shelter out of the woods, put in a good supply of wood for our cheap wood stove, got a garden started, built on extra room for storage, built some new cabinets for more storage, and just took care of making the BOL as work-free as possible, but at the same time, re-thinking some of our first ideas and changing things around for more convenience. I did a lot of prepping via yardsales, because we didn’t have a lot of money at the beginning, due to the building of the house. I recycled candles, bought used goods for pennies on the dollar, recycled yard sale fabric for family cloths, tote bags for tents, and even made items I sold to add more money for preps.
The lifepro tip is to prep with what you have now…and when you get a little money or are in a phase where you can upgrade, then do so.
We initially grew a big garden, gathered canning supplies, and canned what we couldn’t eat fresh. We also bought dry goods in bulk, tools to cook them with, and so on. I bought a lot of off-grid cooking tools at yard sales so I could cook without modern conveniences if necessary. I also practiced making stuff from scratch – bread, especially, but other things I didn’t know how to cook well.
Now, our garden is smaller, due to our traveling summer lifestyle, and rather than can, we started receiving a small monthly pension we forgot about, and we started upgrading some of the stuff we initially bought – a better stove, more freeze dried food, solar lights, and so on.
Prepping is still an everyday part of our lives, but we aren’t as frantic about it now – we have a good supply of what we need food-wise, our BOL is as prepped as we can make it as far as space, storage areas, and convenience, and now, we’re concentrating on the luxuries – checking out solar, working on getting the gennie rigged in a better place than it is now, building cat shelters for our outdoor mousers, considering a carport, and so on.
We just revamped a bathroom with more cabinets, solely to store more preps of the medicinal variety. We had plenty before, but I tossed a lot at the 10-year mark, and am rebuilding the supply again. It’s really nice to have a dedicated space for it.
When you think you’re done prepping, think outside the box – look around and see if you can make things easier, more convenient, or better in some way than they are now.
Statistics: Posted by Cin — Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:27 pm