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86512186 DIY Projects for Storing Emergency Supplies

86512186 DIY Projects for Storing Emergency Supplies

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DIY ProjectsStoring EmergencSupplies
 
DIY Projects for Storing Emergency Supplies (and other things)
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Storage space seems to be the one thing lacking in almost any home, no matter where that home is andmost of us have very little spare cash floating around to devote to storage solutions. If you are aPrepper this becomes a major issue. Between all of our keepsakes, normal items that need to be stored,workshop tools and gardening supplies, we Preppers have to account for disaster and food storage too.Add to this that all of our emergency supplies should be protected from the elements and kept dry andmost food items need to avoid drastic temperature changes as well as having temperatures that staymoderately cool. Then we need to protect everything from insects and other critters too and not justour food storage items.On top of all of this, money is usually ͞tight͟. Then last but not least, if you are like me, you may berather intimidated by building projects.Is there a way out of this dilemma? Yes, as Preppers we need to do as people who live in small homesand or apartments do. We need to be inventive and creative. We need to think multi-functional, wastenot and want not. And we need to keep expenses down - all at the same time. Doing It Yourself orbuilding it yourself, along with salvaging just about everything, is a key to keeping cost low andaffordable.
gIngenuity, plus courage, plus work, equals miracles.hBob Richards
So I pulled out all my old documents, magazines and asked family, friends and neighbors how theyhandle their storage issues. This resulting ͞letter͟ is my attempt to give you some ideas, some projectseither I or friends have accomplished and some resource links to help you come up with additionalinventive storage ideas for your emergency supplies as well as your everyday storage needs ʹ all at DIYprices.Scattered about this document you will see comments inorangethat are meant to trigger that thinkingcap. If you come up with other ideas please post them on my blog:
http://nmurbanhomesteader.blogspot.com/
or at
http://www.survivalblog.com/
as both will reach me andmany more people to boot.
Inventive
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torage
 
Idea
B
asics
 
B
oxed
 
or
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tub͟
 
items
(like large Rubbermaid tubs) can be made to look like end tables or coffee tablesby adding a piece of plywood to the top and putting a table cloth or slip-cover over it. Just router or sandthe edges to the plywood so they are not sharp.
Sp
ace
 
under
urniture
like tables, sofas, chairs and beds are great storage places. They can be keptclean and neat looking by utilizing the low, flat Rubbermaid type tubs. To fancy them up ʹ glue or tapewrapping paper or material around the outside or put a bed skirt on the box spring. It has been saidthat a twin sized bed can store a year͛s supply of food for one adult under it. If the bed is too low, it canbe raised on supports or ͞lifts͟ so containers can be fit underneath.
 
DIY Projects for Storing Emergency Supplies - Continued
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ace:
One person I know has a rather long wall that spans between two rooms andbecause of the way the area is laid out, she can͛t put a chair or loveseat or anything much deeper thanan 18͟ table. She has stacked her food and emergency supplies on rolling shelving that she made herself along this wall and has curtains hanging just in front of them from floor to ceiling. It appears as a longcurtained wall, yet keeps all her supplies within easy reach and out of sight.
U
tilize
 
the
 
s
p
ace
 
bet
w
een
 
studs
for shelving for smaller items and canned goods. When remodeling mytwo bathrooms I did this for shelves as well as towel racks. With the shelves and towel racks recessedbetween the studs, the bathrooms appear larger too. Before I build shelving items for the garage Iutilized the space between the studs for canned goods.
Reuse
 
old
C
oolers:
One neighbor, whose garage faces north and manages to stay cool even in our NewMexico summers, stores his emergency food in old camping coolers. He has them on wood pallets thathe stabilized and added wheels to. As a side: He has a green or red ribbon tied to the handle of thecoolers. Green means he draws from this storage first for his rotation and red is the newer items thatcan be stored longer until rotated. As he purchases new items he moves the oldest from the redcoolers, puts the new items in the red coolers and the older ones get moved to the green coolers.Another neighbor uses her old coolers to store all her pet food.
C
loset
 
Idea:
Another friend of mine has a rather large walk-in closet that is in his hallway. It is packedfloor to ceiling. His items are on rolling shelves that he put pegboard on the sides of so he can also hanghis mop, broom and stuff like that, plus hanging storage bags off the sides. He got his shelves at garagesales and flea markets, added a wooden base with wheels and the peg board sides and viola ʹ he hasrolling storage shelves that are easy to move around and keep his emergency items at the ready.
Velcro
 
and
 
vacuum
 
s
p
ace
 
saver
 
bags
are great for storing items rarely used like extra blankets, sleepingbags or your reserve emergency clothing. These can then be stored in Rubbermaid tubs, hung in acloset, hidden under a bed or as one neighbor does, has them under the cushions of his mattresses andsofas. You can
Velcro
extra spices and lightweight items to the backs of doors and cabinets or the sidesof shelving and the like. You can even make your own space saver bags!One friend of mine purchased a bunch of 
old
 
military
 
ty
p
e
 
du
ff 
le
 
bags
of various sizes and some
old
 
canvas
 
tents.
 
He made special sized duffle bags out of the old tent material. All his emergency suppliesexcept for food are store in these and stashed about his home in neatly hidden places. His wife took thescrapes and made some hanging cloth shelves; like the ones you can buy to hang shoes, sweaters,handbags in your closets. Check out surplus stores, garage sales and flea markets or Campmor(
http://www.campmor.com/
) for purchasing canvas material by the yard.
B
uried
S
torage:
 
Another friend of mine in suburban Tennessee has some unique storage containersburied in her yard, under the garden shed. When they purchased the house they realized they didn͛thave a lot of cool, dry and dark storage space for their emergency supplies. They also needed a gardenshed for their gardening tools. So when they selected the spot for the shed they dug some holes andplaced an old chest freezer, two trash cans and a couple of coolers. They back filled the dirt to cover thesides. When the shed floor was put in, it had trap doors added so they can easily get to the items they

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