DIY Projects for Storing Emergency Supplies - Continued
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
of various sizes and some
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(
) for purchasing canvas material by the yard.
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