Thursday, October 18, 2012

why have food storage

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Food storage. The idea or thought of it either freaks you out or you get excited and immediately think it is something you want to start. I find people either love or hate the idea. For me, I love it. I am not obsessive about having a food storage supply in my home but I do believe it is of great benefit to have an extra supply available. 

Having food storage helps me keep an organised home and today I want to share why I believe it is important to have in your home and why I think you should consider starting one. It is not as hard as you think and you might be surprised of the benefits that come from having one. I currently have a 3 month food storage supply and find it works very well for us. Here is why I have food storage:

To be self reliant
As a family we believe it is important to be as self reliant as we can be with all area's of our life. We strive to be as socially, spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally and financially reliant as we are able, to support ourselves as a family. I just love the idea of being able to provide for ourselves if there was some kind of emergency and not having to rely upon other people to feed us or clothe us in such a situation. We are a large family and it would be a real strain on another family to help us out. I also want to teach our children to look ahead, to see that by putting aside a few items each week that you can slowly build up a great supply to provide for yourself, whether with food or money or any other type of product. 

To be prepared for emergency or crisis
As I sit and watch the news I see many cases of natural disasters and emergencies taking place around the world. I even remember when the Brisbane Floods were on. People went crazy buying up products at the shops. Our family, we did not need to get much at all. We were prepared. We had a food supply. Of course I am totally aware that if our house burnt down or some other type of disaster happened we would not be able to carry all our food storage with us, but if we were stuck in our home, we would have enough for ourselves and could also help out our neighbours. That to me is worth the effort of creating a food storage supply. 

Peace of mind
As the saying goes, when you are prepared, you shall not fear! Crazy as it may sound, having a food storage supply brings me peace of mind. I know that if something was to happen to our family, we would be alright. Matt could be put off work, we could have a large expense happen in our family and being able to live off our food supply, while it would not be the best food we had ever eaten, it would help us to save money and survive for that period of time. 

To save money on shopping
One of the best ways having a food storage supply is of benefit to our family is when I go food shopping. I am often tempted to purchase unnecessary items for our home and if I am focused on purchasing items that I know we use and keep in our food storage, I often find I spend less. I am not distracted by specials when I know I already have a back up supply at home. The only time I strive to take advantage of those specials is when I know our supplies are running low and need to be replenished. Then I buy a couple more items to refill our storage supply and we are back on track and I have not spent a lot of extra money. It is also helpful for cooking meals, I hardly run out of ingredients!

Most of the guidance and instruction and encouragement to have a food supply in our home has come from my church and they really are brilliant at finding resources and giving us tips on how to establish a good supply in your home. Tomorrow I want to share what I have done in my home and some tips on how to start a supply, how to make sure you have the right items in your storage and how to store all that food!


  1. I've wanted to create food storage for a while. I'm keenly aware that we have less than two days supplies in the house. Moving house frequently disrupts this hugely- not only because it's hard to find storage space, but there are all kinds of restrictions on what kinds of food the removalists will take. At least I know I can always run to your house! Lol.

  2. So interesting. Where do you keep everything?

  3. It can be difficult when you are moving house a lot to have a food storage supply. Even having a small supply is of great benefit though. You are welcome any time Amy!

    I am going to share where I keep it all tomorrow. Stay tuned!

  4. Hi Naomi,
    well I'm sure you know where I stand on storage. I work on keeping it up-to-date. Because of where I live (in the middle of nowhere) I have to keep things handy for those times when we can't get to our nearest big town for things. The US has many natural disasters and we live near a very active fault-line so earthquakes are a worry here. I feel very nervous when I get low on things that could effect the health and happiness and peace of mind for my family.
    What a great post!!!!
    I just wish mine was a nice and neat as the one in your first picture :o
    hugs from here....

  5. It really becomes essential when you are living in a remote area and I am thankful we don't have to worry too much about earthquakes here in Australia. I agree with you on the picture above. Delightful storage image! Had to include it in my post :)

  6. Oohh I cannot wait for tomorrow's post now!! I lived in North Qld up until 12 months ago and I was very diligent with food storage due to the wet season and cyclone threat. I had a great storage are though that I had planned when I built the home. We have since moved to Brisbane and I somewhere along the line decided I did not need to do that anymore, and this home certainly has a distinct lack of storage for a family of 6. I look forward to tomorrows post!

  7. I am a big fan of stockpiling! I have been trying to work on one this year but due to various reasons I have had to dip into it a fair bit so it's looking rather meagre at the moment, but that is exactly what it's for right?
    Looking forward to seeing your next few posts.
    Love that photo! My other fave is one that's in the Howards Storage World catalogue, DREAM!

  8. Really nice tips to food storage and these are gonna get me benefited a lot

  9. I really really love this idea. Unfortunately for me it's mostly about space. we are looking at adding another built in wall to our kitch, I could add loads more containers with staples, then I'd have no excuse.

  10. People went a bit silly in the Brisbane floods - I remember people buying perishable items & thinking "Um, what if your power gets cut off?". I keep a 3 day supply at least, though in all honesty there's probably a week's worth in my house at once. When the floods happened & I evacuate the city, all I did was grab some extra fresh water bottles on the way home, as I had used some of my supply.

  11. Organisation plus! I'm looking forward to seeing what works for you. I'm sure I can learn a few things from your system.

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  13. Loving this post, may I ask where you got your glass jars from? ty :)

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  15. Effective and organised food storage can really save you a lot of money. Before I got organised I was constantly buying products that I would then discover I already had 3 bags of, or would have to buy some ingredient because the last lot was out of date. Now my organisational skills are the envy of my friends!


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