Organized and Productive Living

31 Days of Organization: Be Prepared for Whatever Might Come

Be Prepared for Whatever Might Come
Willow: Early Winter of 2015

One of the aspects of organized living is thinking ahead and being prepared for whatever might come  your way. Not in a all the bad things are going to happen and I need to be prepared for each one kind of way. That’s a little extreme.

Instead, you need to think about what kind of things are specific to your situation.

Do you live in an area prone to hurricanes? How about blizzards? Maybe your power goes out on a regular basis due to weather/energy use/etc. Or, maybe you have a dog like mine who is prone to tousling with skunks late at night in the dark.

All of these types of situations call for some prior planning. You need to have supplies on hand ahead of time to be able to deal with whatever emergency arrises. Maybe you have a “go bag” in case you need to evacuate in a hurry. Maybe you have a bucket of flashlights, lanterns, candles, etc. in case the power goes out for an extended time. Maybe a section of your pantry has a supply of easy to prepare food in case you find yourself without access to your stove. Maybe you keep extra bottles of hydrogen peroxide on hand for washing your dog (and in case you need to know: 1 QT peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 tsp dish soap. Lather up the dog, let it sit on the dog as long as you can (ideally 15 mins but we’ve never gotten our dogs to agree to that), rinse with warm water. You should do this outside, having all the supplies ready to go before you start. Repeat 2 to 3 times in the next week or two, washing with dog shampoo after the second and third time, which we do in the tub vs. outside).

You never know when a disaster is going to strike and it’s always better to be prepared ahead of time.

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