As preppers, some of us are faced with the common problem of not enough storage space. Many people overlook great storage spots that are usually right in front of their faces. Whether you rent an apartment, own a small home, live with other people, or live in any other circumstance where your storage space may be affected, I’ll give you some clever ways to conceal your prized preps. After all, we don’t want to advertise it to everyone who enters our homes, do we?
We’ve personally lived in 3 different apartments, none of which were as big as our current home. My husband, especially, has grown used to making the most of the storage space. I cannot stress to you how important organization is. We’ve crammed numerous things into Rubbermaid brand containers and it gives you SO much more room. Just adding shelving, getting some boxes or totes, and organizing can be a major help with storage.
Take advantage of your bedroom. I take it you don’t have too many guests in your bedroom, correct? You can store SO much inconspicuously, even if someone walks into your room, they’ll never know. You know that space under your bed just collecting dust? Stick some 2 liter pop bottles full of drinking water, throw a few boxes of canned goods, stash your ammo, keep clean linens in a rolling tote, put some medical supplies under there, anything that will fit- stash it. Buy a bed skirt, if you don’t already have one, to keep everything concealed. Use the space behind your headboard to stack packages of toilet paper, diapers, tissues, paper towels, anything you can keep hidden that will fit.
Also, if you want to take advantage of your kid’s rooms…I don’t suggest putting too much in there that they can tear out. Food & water should be fine, store seasonal clothes under their beds, but be smart- keep your guns & ammo out of your child’s reach until you’ve properly taught them everything they need to know.
If you have an open underneath of your stairs, or are able to make it open, take full advantage of that space. If it’s in a basement, make sure it isn’t going to be damp. If dampness is a problem for you like it was for us, try a dehumidifier and use waterproof totes/boxes/bins.
Instead of buying a coffee table, try finding (or building if you’re good at it) a chest that is the same height as a coffee table. Try “Googling” the phrase “coffee table chest” to get an idea of what I’m talking about. Not only could it be used as a coffee table, but you could use that for additional storage.
Take a look around your home, where you could add shelving? If you live in an apartment, you might consider buying stand-alone shelves to sit things on, if you have the room. If you have a laundry room, could you add more shelving in there? Use it to keep cleaning products, soaps, shampoos, feminine products, whatever you’d like.
Don’t forget about your vehicle! In addition to you GHB, you could store some extra water, blankets, food, knives, matches, clothes in your vehicle. It’s all about organization. Keep the trash out of your vehicle. Use your center console for medical supplies, some water, and maybe a few protein bars. Keep a change of clothes in the little pockets on the door. Use the underneath of the backseat for even more storage. If you use some creative thinking, you’ll find a way to store an amazing amount of things just in your vehicle alone.
This is only a fraction of ideas for storage. Please feel free to share your storage solutions in comments below. I hope this has opened some eyes and helped you find a few extra places to store things! I’m sure I’ll be posting more & more ideas as my husband and I continue to tear out and reorganize our things!
I am a woman, living a prepper lifestyle, hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.