Yesterday -- January 1 -- I decided to start the New Year by organizing some of our preparedness supplies.
We tended to stash our items in buckets organized roughly by category, and each bucket has two labels. The first label is general:
The second label is specific.
But what I didn't have was an overall inventory. Just how many mousetraps, or rolls of dental floss, or bars of soap did we have? It was time to find out.
In the book Patriots by James Wesley, Rawles, he mentions a trade fair that was established several years into a societal collapse. Among the many small-but-essential items people needed were things like matches, mouse traps, canning lids, fish hooks, bleach, non-hybrid garden seeds, candle wicking, lamp wicks, salt, band-aids, razor blades, dental floss, toothbrushes, and cloth diapers.
The point of this scene was to highlight the importance of all the little things we take for granted, and which we don't appreciate until they're no longer available. This scene made sense to us, and we've tried to stock up on such things (except fish hooks and cloth diapers) since we use them on a regular basis anyway.
So I opened all the buckets and started inventorying. Matches. (Plenty.) Bar soap. (Plenty.) Lamp wicks. (Plenty.) Kitchen timers. (Oops, just one. Better get a couple more.)
As I went, I made notes of what items I was short on. Thankfully most of these household items are inexpensive, and I can just pick up a few things here and there in order to round out our stock.
But the biggest thing I wanted to get a grasp on was our medical supplies. Neither Don nor I have any significant professional medical education, so in the event of a serious medical emergency we would be dependent on others. Thankfully we're all in good health to begin with, but nonetheless accidents can (and doubtless will) happen in a "bleep" scenario.
We've squirreled away a pretty decent array of medical supplies, but we'd lost track of how much and of what variety. Time to spread things out, take inventory, and reorganize.
We divvied things up roughly according to function, then re-bucketed the supplies.
I made sure to label exactly what was inside.
(Forgive the misspellings.)
I also made notes of what additional medical supplies we might need. A transfusion kit? Maybe. More burn dressings? Absolutely. (In a non-electric world, burns will be a lot more common.) We also plan to add such unmentionable over-the-counter medicines as constipation relief, hemorrhoid suppositories, etc. Hey, you never know.
All in all, a very useful way to start the New Year.