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Keeping It Clean: Declutter Your Home for the Hurricane Season
After Beryl and Chris, it’s safe to say that the 2018 hurricane season truly is in full swing now. If the Canadian Hurricane Centre’s 2018 forecast holds true. We can expect three more at the least and seven at the most for the rest of this year.
Canadian Hurricane Centre meteorologist Bob Robichaud said the following:
The forecast calls for 10 to 16 named storms, with five to nine hurricanes and one to four hurricanes could be “major” with sustained winds of at least 178 km/h.
These hurricanes will do damage, as they always do, but the hope is that none will be as devastating as Hurricane Hazel, which hit the country in 1954. It was one of most destructive hurricanes in Canadian history especially over for the Greater Toronto Area. Resulting in the death of 81 people and making nearly 2,000 families homeless.
Here at PrepperBits, we are advising everyone to prepare, we want you to stay safe and be ready. The best way to get started with this is to always have an emergency kit on-hand at home. One of our recent Guest bloggers Jimmy previously outlined how to prepare one, and we suggest you check it out.
Once you have decided on the contents of your emergency kit you need to store it in a safe and easily accessible place. A well-prepared emergency kit is all well and good but it will be of no use if you are unable to locate it amidst the clutter of your home.
keeping your home clean and clutter-free, especially with hurricanes looming on the horizon is essential. The remainder of this post will offer some tips on how to keep your simple abode spic and span. It will also help you to focus on creating some good habits for organizing all of your emergency preparedness gear and supplies.
Cleaning house requires commitment as it is not just a one-off thing. Keeping the house clean and in order is a daily responsibility. Yes, cleaning and tidying is not the most exciting prospect but once you commit to it, you will be on your way to a clean, clutter-free home. You will also know were everything is enabling you to get to it quickly in an emergency.
Set Aside a Weekend To Get Started
For starters, commit a full weekend to cleaning and decluttering your home. Begin by getting rid of things you no longer need or use. Those oversized stuffed toys from your teenage years? Might be time to donate them to charity. Those defective gadgets? Take them to a gadget disposal facility already.
Doing this will free up valuable space for your emergency kit and supplies.
The best decluttering approach as recommended by The Spruce is to focus on one room, space, or zone at a time. Your medicine cabinet is a good place to start, as there may be outdated medication lying around there somewhere. It will also allow you to take stock of the emergency medical supplies you have and need. Once you’re done decluttering, do some general cleaning. You will be surprised how easier it is to do without the clutter.
(A tip for this is not to be overly sentimental and let go of things!)
We all are likely used to organizing things by location. Office supplies and pieces of paper at the home office and detergents in the laundry room, etc. This is a perfectly fine approach however, you might want to shake things up by sorting things by category and keeping them together at specific areas of the house.
Yes, this sorting technique seems rather atypical, yet it is an approach often recommended for achieving good results. Lottoland recommends the Konmari Method this technique requires everything to have a permanent place, and you will have to return it back every time at the same exact place.
The Konmari method recommends that all your shoes, for instance, must be kept together, say, in a shoe rack by the door, or a small cabinet by the hallway.
Your gym apparel and equipment should go into the large bottom drawer of your main cabinet.
All your documents are to be kept in a large, preferably waterproof box.
This way, you will know where exactly to get something, and where to return it afterward. More importantly, this method will instill in you the habit of returning things to their proper storage area and, in turn, help you avoid falling back into your old, messy and disorderly ways.
This approach makes a lot of sense when it comes to organizing your emergency supplies so that you know exactly where they are.
Declutter Your Home for the Hurricane Season – Conclusion
Keep in mind, however, that keeping your house clean and clutter-free is not just a one-time thing. Neither is it something you ought to do only when the rainy days come by. It’s a commitment to staying organized on a permanent basis.
There is no doubt a number of different organizing systems that people use. If you’ve got any more tips for decluttering your home and organizing your prepper supplies.
Let us know in the comments below!