How to organize your emergency supplies closet for quick and easy access

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Photo: Emergency supplies on the table

Are your disaster supplies an ungodly mess? I wish I had seen my survival closet after we moved into this house. It was a melting pot of chaos. It’s embarrassing for a Survival Mom! But with a lot of help from my daring daughter (she actually does most of her), we I organized my emergency supplies..

How did my survival wardrobe become so unwieldy?

After moving, every time I unpacked things, I said, “Go and put them in the survival closet.” And that’s what everyone did, no matter how they were organized.

If it’s about preparation, I went into the closet.

As we added new supplies over the years, we piled them up in our closets and they soon got insanely messy.

What finally motivated you to organize emergency supplies?

my daughter. My daughter urged it.

One weekend, my daughter fiddled with the wardrobe without asking. She told me the size of the lockers she needed and how many of each, and that was my major contribution to this monumental work.

I was impressed with her skills. After some organizational changes, our survival wardrobe now serves its true purpose. This means having emergency supplies and equipment ready immediately in case of any kind of crisis. It was amazing.

Are you in a similar predicament?

If your preparation is messed up and you don’t know how to organize it, read on. Also at the bottom is a checklist and free print!

My Emergency Organizer Category

Our pantry, stored water and some larger supplies are elsewhere, but this closet contains small items in eight general categories.

  1. light source (candles, flashlights, sticks, headlamps, etc.)
  2. emergency kit food (Energy bar, MRE, extreme sports beansetc.)
  3. First Aid/Medical
  4. energy source (battery, solar charger, battery pack)
  5. essence
  6. clothes (Work gloves, neon yellow safety vest, hard hat, etc.)
  7. outdoor/camping (Mesquite)
  8. general survival equipment (Paracode, multi-tool, etc.)

This category worked best when my daughter unpacked everything in her closet and spread it out on the floor. The categories may be different, but the key is to first get them all in one place where you can see them and then start sorting them.

Image: Organized emergency supplies closet with shelves stocked with many types of disaster supplies

Most of the supplies are in the trash, but there are a few that are kept in their own boxes, such as: three water bowlstwo boxes of fuel refining, our sun oven, etc. We stack them on the floor, and the labels are easy to see.

One problem we are facing is the large emergency radio, battery powered fan (necessary), some solar lights and chargers.

Finally, there are hooks on the inside of either side of the closet to secure the backpack. LifeStraw Mission Water Filter, and two rain ponchos. If you have young children, they will hold the second set of hooks at their child’s eye level and hold the smaller backpack.

One improvement I can make in the future is to add a third shelf since there is wall space.

in conclusion? Satisfied with the results.

Why Choose This Emergency Wardrobe?

This is why I decided to keep most of my emergency supplies in one place. Everything is in one place and sorted by category so you can find what you need for your specific situation.

For example, when I went to my closet hours before Hurricane Harvey arrived, I found a solar panel in an energy source box with the emergency lights I was looking for. When she packed her emergency kit before her daughter went to college, she was able to quickly find what she needed from labeled bins and containers.

Another reason I like to have everything in one place rather than scattered around the house is response time. I can quickly tell my kids, “Get a flashlight from the survival closet,” and they know exactly where to go.

Organize your own emergency supplies

If you have gathered a lot of supplies or emergency supplies, organizing is key.

The word “emergency” refers to an event of high adrenaline levels and a rush, possibly panic, event in which immediate decisions are made. In these scenarios, you need to know: That’s it A place to find what you need.

There are many ways to organize, but a system of categorizing similar items and then storing them in containers works for us and is how my survival wardrobe is organized.

After organizing your emergency supplies, we’ve created this checklist to help you start the process in your space.

  • put everything in one place Emergency supplies and supplies are being considered.
  • isolate the largest from everything else. You may need to store them separately in different locations, but for now, focus on the rest of the preparations.
  • using my category Start sorting everything into separate piles:
    • light source
    • emergency kit food
    • First Aid/Medical
    • energy source
    • essence
    • clothes
    • outdoor/camping
    • normal survival
  • After classifying into these categories, Identify additional categories for the rest, if you can. Otherwise, it can fit into its own container marked “Other”.
  • Determine the type of container you need The size of each category and its container. Do not delay at this stage. No need to match containers or adjust colors! A cardboard box is good.
  • Fill and label each container.
  • If you have a closet, extra space, or quite a bit of space for storage, move your now organized items there. If you have a shelf, use it. This article contains instructions for building a low-cost shelving system. Use vertical space to increase storage space. Affordable wall hangings are a simple way to do this.

What if you don’t have enough space to store everything?

If you don’t have a single area large enough to hold everything, identify where you have it. Then, distribute the supplies to the area. Or you can rearrange a large closet, room, or part of a room to keep all your supplies in one place. This article can help you rethink how you can organize different living spaces.

Get started today with this free emergency supplies org cheat sheet!

Don’t delay getting ready. You don’t want to be the person who desperately needs something in an emergency. It’s bound to be in unorganized drawers, cupboards, or perhaps under the bed or on the top shelf of the pantry! That’s what happened to this minimalist prepper so she took her steps too.

Don’t be like that!

You can print out this pdf with more photos of my emergency supplies, a checklist for organizing your own supplies, and a useful inventory so you know what you currently have.

Let us know in the comments what your favorite tips for organizing emergency supplies and supplies are.

This article was originally published on October 12, 2018, and has been updated and corrected.

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I’m a Survival Mom by nature and for over 11 years I’ve been helping moms with less worries and more enjoyment of home and family with commonsense preparation advice for over 11 years.

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