Prepper Pantry. The first thought that’s probably popping into peoples heads right now is that I’m some kind of nut job prepping for an end of the world diseaster. Not really, I just prefer being ready for situations which could affect me in real life. The outbreak of #Coronavirus that hit the world should be proof of this. Rather than stick to normality, people started panic buying like complete idiots. Exhausting supplies and generally fighting over common goods.
Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a prepper. People I worked with used to have a laugh about it, but they always knew I was the one person who would probably have it. So the jokes kind of died down after a while. I wanted to have a realistic “pantry” so that if needed I could effectively not leave the house for a few months and avoid things until things calm down.
Now, in reality. Prepping is a thing EVERYONE shold do. This pantry is for real life emergencies. What about a job loss. Anything could happen, you could be struck down with an illness, or injury where you can’t afford to work. If you’re self-employed then you may struggle to find money for the bare essentials. What about power cuts, flooding, snow storms? – All these can happen in the UK (especially flooding) and cut off the supplies you desperately need to make life normal again.
Prepping is just a way of life for people, people who save up for xmas are preppers. Or women who buy extra nappies/calpol for their children so they always have some. Just the word springs to mind the kind of stuff Americans do when they’re gearing up for a fall out or nuclear apocalypse. That’s not me. Last thing you want is stress.
On with the show. As mentioned I’m prepping for natural things which can affect me in every day life. I don’t want to panic into getting supplies I need at the last minute as this is when you start thinking irrationally. The reason I’m also creating this is because I hate bloody looking for things. Batteries, light bulbs, packing tape etc. I just want one place for everything I’d normally use over time
I’m slowly adding to the collection by buying a bit extra when I go shopping each time. The supplies I buy are designed to be things I’d normally get on a normal shopping trip, but there in “reserve” if suddenly they’re not available, or I find myself in financial difficulty or unable to get to a store. It costs me maybe an extra an extra £10-15 per week ontop of my normal shopping budget allowed me to slowly collect supplies. I live alone so don’t generally bother anyone or have a need to go out unless I need food
The pantry room is a small cupboard (approx 94″ Height x 45″ Width x 35″ Depth). Approx 2400 litres or 85 cubic feet. Not much but it holds the essentials I need. That I tend to buy/use all the time. It’s not stocked currently, but I’m slowly adding to it. As you can see it’s a mixture of everything, cleaning products, food, drink, toiletries. Like I said, prepping for real life. I have a set of drawers in there which helps keep my bedroom empty and allows me to store items in a logical manner. Any toiletries are kept in a basket. I plan on putting up shelving to implement a FIFO system with the stock.
In the cupboard is as follows. I’m always adding to it. Before you think I’m selfish, this is my insurance policy for job losses, or any situations where I’m struggling for food/money. I also have a family, I give to them if they need the supplies. Nothing will be wasted, it will always be given away if I won’t end up using it
People are going to judge me for posting this anyway, but I don’t particularly care. I’ve been in situations where I was counting every single penny and stressing about my next meal. I’m now fortunate enough that I can start affording to build up my pantry and protect myself in the future so I don’t make bad decisions
I highly recommend people start building up a pantry and learn the rotation. Even if you can only afford an extra £2-3 per week, think how much extra supplies you could get over the course of a year with another £100-150 worth of money in your back pocket
This is the current picture. I might add a gallery over time to show how it’s been built up. The drawers currently hold clothes, but eventually I plan on using these to seperate items further. One for cleaning products etc
- TINNED FOOD
- 4 x 300G Baked Beans
- 1 x Hot Dogs
- 1 x Stewed Steak
- 1 x Rice Pudding
- 1 x 12 Pack of 500ml Water
- 2 x 680ml Rowse Honey
- 1 x Pack of Tooth Paste
- 1 x 18 Pack of Toilet Rolls
- 2 x 4 Pack of Bath Soap
- 2 x Bin Bag Rolls
- 1 x 4 Pack Kitchen Rolls
- 1 x Bottle of White Vineger
- GENERAL SUPPLIES
- 2 x Aluminium Foil Rolls
I still have lots more I want to buy, I’ll slowly add to this over time
In case you’re wondering. The total cost of all these supplies will probably be in the range of £400 when finished. Over the course of 1 year, this will cost me an extra £7.69 per week in shopping. Not really much when you think of it. All essentials that I can use and it gives me a huge safety net should I need to stay in the house for a while. It’s kept nice and tidy out of the way inside a cupboard that doesn’t interfere with my life. Supplies are always at hand though