Stockpiling 101 - Organizing Your Stockpile. It is very important to organize your stockpile. This has been a growth process for us. As our stockpile grows, we have to change the location or add to it.
We started in our pantry which we quickly outgrew. Next, I began putting my stockpile in the basement and it quickly became unorganized and a mess. At that point my hubby decided it was time to build stockpile shelving in our unfinished basement.
We are blessed to have room in our unfinished basement. I suggest that if you have a basement that you locate your stockpile there. It is worth clearing some clutter for your stockpile, you can read more about removing clutter in one of my past posts.
If you store your items in the garage you will have to factor that the temperature does not remain constant, causing problems with your stockpile freezing or melting. This will affect many items and can potentially ruin them. Also, animals and bugs could compromise your stockpile.
If you do not have shelving you can spare in your basement or don't have a basement you could consider buying a rubber maid storage cabinet like the one pictured and place it in a guest bedroom, the corner of your dining room, office or kitchen.
Another suggestion is to re-purpose a linen closet or bedroom closet to organize your stockpile there. If you are creative, you will find a location for your stockpile. Keep in mind that you need room for your stockpile to grow, you need space so that you can see what you have, and you need be able to access your stockpile. I like being able to stand in front of mine when I "shop" from it.
I personally organize my stockpile by category. Similar to how I organize my coupon binder. I keep like items together and you can read more about how I inventory my stockpile in an upcoming post!
In my opinion organizing your stockpile is as important as building it. If you don't keep it organized, you don't know what you have and you can't use it effectively. As most of you know I am an organization nut. The best gift I ever got was the label maker! Thanks, Mom 🙂 I hope this helps you in creating an organization space for your stockpile.
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