Thursday, January 10, 2013

My tried and true week-by-week food storage and emergency prep system

Since its January, its time to start my food storage rotation all over again. I have been using a system that I have fine-tuned for a few years now, and I'm pretty sure I have most of the kinks worked out. The thing I really like about this particular system is that it breaks it all down to week-by-week. I also like that you can jump in wherever you are in the year, and just start from that month. Its a good, "non-overwhelming" way to get started (and continue!) on your food storage!

This is the sheet that I use that shows each month with four weeks listed and the items to work on each of those weeks:


The first year I implemented it, I just stocked our shelves with whatever was on the list for the week. The next year, at the beginning of each week, I checked my inventory of each item for the week, rotated if needed, tossed out expired things, and then made sure that my stock was up-to-date and consisted of the correct amounts for what our family needed.

To go along with the above week-by-week sheet, I have a corresponding inventory sheet (notice how the colors match up with the colors on the weekly schedule). It has all of the items in my food/emergency storage. This is one page of six in my inventory sheet set:


Every year I tweak it a bit according to our needs. Bob and I are pretty much empty-nesters (until our son comes home from his mission in May, and also not including the times our other kids come around), so we have adapted it all to the needs of two people, more or less. I also look at other lists that come across my desk and add things that aren't yet in our emergency storage. So, the list is ever-changing, which is good. I hate to throw food out, so I don't want to store more than I need to be storing. I try to store what we will use in the coming year. That way, it turns out to be about a year's supply of everything.

I'm going to post the food storage "items for the week" on this blog so that it will remind me and maybe spark something in somebody out there in blog-land to make sure you and I both, are ready for any upcoming emergency. One thing you need to know is that items for the week are guidelines. You can decide what in that particular category you would really want to have in your food storage. For instance, in the 2nd week of January, the items are cleansers. This could be just the basics that you might want to have set aside in case of an emergency, or the full-blown array of cleansers you might use in a year's time. I decided I wanted to do a true "year's supply" for my family, so I try to keep the basic items that I will use within the year. I may or may not include stain remover, or floor cleaner. It all depends on what you want to have in your supply. You also may want to start out with the very basics and then add to the list as the years go on. (A bit easier on the pocketbook!)

The first week in January, the items are easy...

January Week 1: Watch for and buy 50% off on Christmas items, cards, paper, ribbons, etc. If you don't care to score on any of the Christmas buys, then you get a pass this week!

The second week in January, the items are as follows:

January Week 2: Detergents, bleach, cleansers, laundry detergent, dish detergent, bathroom and window cleaners. Many cleansers last for several years, but I like to rotate through mine so that they don't get old or stale. You may not think of dishwasher detergent as an emergency item, but I like keep enough in stock so that I never find myself running out or in extreme need to run to the store. :)

Notice I've highlighted these in pink. They will correspond with the items on my inventory sheet set (6 pages) so that I can find them right away on the list, know how many I should have in storage, and then know how many I need to put on my shopping list for that week. On my inventory sheet set, I record the quantity I have, the size of the package, the expiration date, and the amount I should have in storage. There is also a place to mark off if I have enough of the item and the date that item was checked off.

Does that all make sense? Clear as mud, right? It makes perfect sense to me, but I KNOW I don't think the same was as everyone else, so it might just be a bunch of jibberish to all of you. If any of it is helpful, then its all good.

If you would like me to send you copies of the inventory sheet set, and also the week-by-week item list, just leave a comment below with your name and email address, and I'll zip one off to you!

156 comments:

  1. Wow - this looks great! I'd love to have a copy - thanks!

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  2. Very inspiring-I'd love a copy! You have my email address.
    Love from your sister, Susan

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  3. I would love a copy! Thank you!

    My name is Kristy
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  4. I would love a copy...heidipwalsh2hotmail.com

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  5. This is such an awesome way to build food storage! I have been meaning to start but just get so overwhelmed so nothing ever gets started. This is something I can definitely follow. I would love copies of both lists if that's not too much to ask :] Thanks so much!

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  6. I would love this! Melissa bizzybeeme@comcast.net

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  7. I would love a copy. lymanfamily@hotmail.com

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  8. Hi, Dayna, I'd love a copy of your week-by-week list and inventory sheets. Thanks!
    --Molly
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  9. I would love a copy of the charts! This is wonderful!
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  10. I would like to have a copy of both. slapoutkid@yahoo.com
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  11. I would love a copy of both as well. champprov@yahoo.com

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  12. May I have a copy?! Looks awesome! Azlinzi at msn dot com

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  13. Would you mind sending me copies of both?! I would really appreciate it thanks! megswin at gmail dot com

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  14. Would love copies! mattmistymck at hotmail dot com

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  17. Please add me to your list when sending out copies tkm821@gmail.com Thanks!

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  18. Please send me copies. ewoods00@embarqmail.com

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  19. Hello, I found you on Pinterest! This is exactly what I have been looking for! Can you please send me a copy as well?
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  20. I also found you on Pinterest! :) I would love to receive copies of both documents! amandakmo (at) me (dot) com Thanks!!!

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  21. Please Send a copy, makes sense.

    Esther & Stewart

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  23. Could you please email me your list at tanisortiz@aol.com! Thanks!!

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  24. Hey this sounds great could u please send me ur list at twilliams2821@yahoo.com

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  25. Hey this sounds great could u please send me ur list at twilliams2821@yahoo.com

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  26. Always looking for great ways to keep myself organized and better prepared. Would love to have a copy of your lists sent to loraine_buckley@yahoo.com. Thanks so much for sharing you vast knowledge and hard work.

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  27. Please send me copies at neenee838 at gmail dot com. thank you so much!!

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  28. I would love a copy too please! lattelover2000@hotmail.com
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  29. I'd love both sheets! Thanks!

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  30. I would really appreciate both lists. Such a great, organized way to get things in order. Thanks!
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  31. I would love a copy of these lists!
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  32. I would love a copy also please. Liberty
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  33. I would love a copy!
    Kaitlinsearle@gmail.com

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  34. I would love to have these list.
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  35. Please send me a copy of your list: sharonsphotodesigns@yahoo.com

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  36. I would love a copy sent to shlyvt@dordt.edu. thanks!

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  37. I would love a copy. My better half and I are setting up our first food storage this year.

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  38. I love this idea and would love a copy. I want to start this right away! Wow, Thank you...
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  39. This is a great system. I was feeling a little overwhelmed. I would love a copy of your file! Thanks! staples329@gmail.com

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  40. I love this! Can I get a copy. Laurahigh@live.com

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  41. I love this! Can I get a copy. Laurahigh@live.com

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  42. I would love a copy also please. kristiewright0722@gmail.com
    They begin with January correct? (since this is right around the corner again!)

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      You should receive your lists in your inbox shortly. The weekly list shows each of the months, beginning with January, but you can start this program at any week throughout the year... there really isn't a beginning or an end.
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  44. would you please also send the complete set to me? Thank you in advance!

    amberbombarger@yahoo.com

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  45. I'd love the list as well! lanceandheidi@gmail.com

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  46. could you please send me the list? thank you so much :) marthaellen122@yahoo.com

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  50. I'd love to try out your system! Sounds great!
    benandrobin@gmail.com
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  51. You have put a lot of work into this, I'd love to try it. Randyandcindybaxter@gmail.com

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  52. You have put a lot of work into this, I'd love to try it. Randyandcindybaxter@gmail.com

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  53. Could I have a copy too? Love it!

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  54. Whoops...my email is jessica.a.salmon@gmail.com!

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  55. Could I have a copy too? Love it!

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  56. I would very much appreciate a copy of your lists. My sisters and I are trying to be better about becoming prepared step by step. Many thanks!!!
    amandarnelson77@gmail.com.

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  57. I would love a copy.kursetea1@gmail.com

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  58. I would LOVE a copy of this! This is exactly what I have been looking for!!! Thank you for putting together such a perfect plan for beginners like me!! Please email me at emilytevans@gmail.com

    Thanks so much!!

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  59. Please send these lists to me! They are amazing! Thank you!
    beccaeversull@msn.com

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  60. Would love a copy of this! My email is info@mandalayimages.com. Thank you!

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  61. I would love a copy of your lists. Thank you so much!! My email is uofo@msn.com.

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  62. i would also love a copy of this Im teaching a class on food storage at rs tonight and would love to share this if I could. nicoleditto@yahoo.com Thanks!:)

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  63. I would very much appreciate a copy of your lists. Pantry prepping can be so overwhelming! Thank you for being so kind and sharing your method.
    mfloyd7719@gmail.com

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  64. Could you send me a copy of this list and you other list for household items. Thank You. ejb1970@gmail.com

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  65. Cochrankallie@gmail.com -- thank you very much!

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  66. camelworksllc@gmail.com - would love to get a copy of your planning sheets as well. Thanks!

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  67. Could you send me copies as well? melanie0715@gmail.com thanks!

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  68. Please send me a copy too. yvettesplinter@yahoo.ca Love your blog - it is so easy to follow - Yvette

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    2. Thanks it is great to find a person who likes to be well stocked but is not Obsessed with the end of the world. This will help me to organize the stores that I have. God bless! -Y

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  69. I'd love a copy: ljallen44(at)cox.net

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  71. Just found this blog love it
    Please send a complete copy to sg955@att.net

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    Can you please send me another complete copy. Send it to sg955@att.net
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  73. Could I get a copy of your list? I have been looking and yours seems to be the most comprehensive I have seen. colleenlunt@gmail.com

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  74. I would love copies also! Thanks! :) ckhumphrey14@yahoo.com

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  75. Could I get a copy of your lists? They look great! heatherjones2006@yahoo.com Thanks in advance!

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  76. Would love a copy of your lists. kellafton@yahoo.com. Thank you for all your hard work in helping others to try and get things going.

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  77. I also would love a copy of your lists. I am hoping it will help jumpstart my planning. erinblack@y7mail.com Thank you so much for doing all this to help others.

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  78. I would love to get a copy of your lists if it's not too much trouble! Hoping to start our emergency stockpile this year. :)
    Thank you so much!

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  79. I'm just barely getting started with food storage...and I already have five growing kids! I've been overwhelmed and then I found your blog. It's wonderful! I would love a copy of your lists. Thanks so much!
    trishacoopers5@gmail.com

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  80. Hello...love the idea of weekly purchasing/prepping. I would love a copy of your lists. Thank you..
    dottie75043@yahoo.com

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  81. Thank you so much for a comprehensive list with columns for expirations. I've been searching for a list such as yours and glad to have found it! Thank You!! I would appreciate receiving a copy, Della

    my email is nestbuilder@yahoo.com

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  82. Yes please send me the email of your list.
    mason1aidon2r@yahoo.com

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  83. Yes please send me the email of your list.
    mason1aidon2r@yahoo.com

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