A few weeks ago I posted that due to hurricane season I added a few more water jugs to the stash, in addition to water purifying methods such as Big Berkey and chlorine tablets. I stored one of these gallon Sparklets containers on top of the fridge. It seemed like a good idea at the time, since it was easy enough to reach up when needed. Plus I thought it was secure up there, until today when I opened up the fridge and the water jug came crashing down. Luckily it did not fall on top of my head, but on a kitchen shelf that stored oils and spices. Boy what a huge mess it made: water everywhere, oil, spices and soy sauce spilled all over, and a glass canister filled with sugar exploded on the floor. I think that repeated opening and closing of the fridge door slowly pushed the water jug out-of-place until gravity took over and down it came.
I was irritated by the whole incident as it took me a while to get it all cleaned up, not to mention the stuff that was broken and wasted. What a stupid mistake. Oh the perils of being a newbie prepper. Well, I might as well learn from it and move on.
- The spice shelf was cluttered since I basically hate throwing stuff away. Being a frugal person, I try to hang on to things I rarely use thinking I may need them later. The truth of the matter is, clutter is the bane of the apartment prepper. Space is such a premium for us, and clutter takes away space that we can use for emergency stores.
- Clutter fools you into thinking you have some needed items but you actually don’t. When I went through the items on the shelf, I thought I had more of some frequently used items such as pepper, but actually did not have much left. This can be bad if you overlook getting something essential to your daily life and an emergency happens and you are actually out of needed items.
- I will need to really re-think and evaluate the areas where I store things. I will store water lower to the floor, possibly in another room. It will be more inconvenient, but at least it can’t fall down and spill.
- To free up more space, I am checking other rooms for un-needed items to sell or donate.
Finding space for supplies continues to be a challenge in our small apartment space. Today’s little mishap reinforces that we need to continue to eliminate clutter and store things more efficiently.