How {And Why} To Replenish & Declutter Emergency Supplies

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Today's mission is to replenish or declutter your emergency supplies that you've accumulated in previous years, such as if you've done the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge before, or have otherwise gathered up supplies in case of emergencies in the past.


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This mission is designed to be done while we prepare our homes for emergencies, in the Emergency Preparedness Kit Challenge here on the site, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge.

Of course, you can do this mission whenever you feel you need to.

The reason for this mission is that emergency supplies, like any type of supplies, can become useless or less useful as they age, from spoilage or expiration, and then, if you needed them in an emergency they wouldn't work as well for you as you planned for them to.

Therefore, at least yearly, along with making sure you've got enough supplies in general, you should declutter older supplies and replenish your stocks with newer fresher items.

How and why you should replenish and declutter emergency supplies in your home regularly, and the types of items to make sure you focus on {a #Declutter365 mission on Home Storage Solutions 101} #EmergencyPreparedness #EmergencyPrepuse this Pin it button to save to Pinterest
This is typically a pretty simple mission to complete. Make sure that you look at all the emergency supplies you've gathered places in your home.

This can include your 72 hour kit (check out this list of emergency supplies if you need a refresher of what you should have), any larger emergency supplies you've got stored, as well as emergency supplies you may have placed in your car, and also first aid kits.

Look through the contents of each of these types of supplies, and remove items that are getting old or have expired, and replace it with new items.

The obvious types of things that can expire or get old include food, water, medications, and batteries.

Ideally, when you clean these types of items out of the emergency supplies you'll do it frequently enough
that the items can still be used around your home, or perhaps donated for immediate use somewhere else, so the stuff isn't completely wasted.

For example, if you have some canned goods in your emergency kit, if you clean them out regularly, such as yearly, you could eat the canned goods before they expire and just add newer ones to the kit.

Also take the opportunity to look through less obvious supplies and replenish them as well. For example, one thing I suggest you add to your emergency supplies are sets of clothes for each family member. Especially with kids, they grow out of old clothes, so make sure the clothes in the kit still fit. Same for shoes.

Similarly, it's nice to have older spares of vital items, like eye glasses, inside your kit. If you've recently gotten a new prescription perhaps add the older pair to the kit as a spare, but the eyeglasses from two prescriptions ago, that you previously had in your kit, may now be donated, for example.

Similarly, I suggest that you keep copies of certain vital records and documents inside your emergency kit. Make sure all those records are still accurate and up to date.

Finally, consider if you've got changes to your family that will require more or less supplies, like if you've added a pet, or a new baby, or someone has moved away to college.

Once you've done the hard work to put together your emergency supplies, you want to do this maintenance task regularly (yearly at least) so that if you need the items you've got all the benefits of that effort ready to help your family and household.

See below for an example of how one reader has done this mission already, to get you ready to tackle the task for yourself!

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Are You Ready To Get Rid Of Old Emergency Supplies?

Before and after photos from a reader, Seena, who replenished and decluttered her emergency supplies so everything would be fresh if needed {part of the #Declutter365 missions on Home Storage Solutions 101} #EmergencyPreparedness #EmergencyPrepuse this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Seeing the results someone else has when they do one of these missions can get you inspired, and one reader, Seena, sent in her before and after photos, shown above.

Seena said, "Went through our emergency supplies in the kitchen. Had to replace expired medications and water supplies but, otherwise all others were in good shape. I still have to go through our emergency backpacks."

Great job! If you ever need to use these supplies you'll be so glad everything is still working well for you.

Remember too, you can always get pre-made kits of supplies if you wish, but with times these go bad as well, so you'll still need to go through them and replace old supplies, or get a new kit periodically.


Are You Ready To Declutter Your Home?

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I hope seeing these pictures has inspired you to make sure all your emergency supplies are up to date and ready for use if needed.

When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you're loving the results you're getting I would encourage you to keep going.

I've got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.

Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!

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