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23 things everyone should start hoarding

What are some items that you think you should start hoarding for a major cataclysmic disaster? Water? Absolutely. Food? Also absolutely. Ammo? For sure. First aid equipment? Definitly. Gasoline? Yep.

The list goes on. All of those things are incredibly valuable items to hoard for survival, and you can probably think of about 10 or 20 other types of survival supplies as well.

That being said, there are countless ordinary items – things people use everyday – that are relatively cheap and can be used for survival. The wisest among us are already stockpiling them.

Here are some things that everyone, including you, should start hoarding today.

1 Bobby pins- There are a ton of uses for bobby pins in a survival situation, so they are among the very last items you will want to throw away.

Examples of what you can use bobby pins for in a survival situation include as a DIY money clip, as fishing hooks, as a lock pick, to short circuit various electronics, or for it’s intended purpose, to keep hair back.

2 Chap stick- Unless you want to deal with chapped lips after a major disaster, then chapstick will be a very important item to store for disaster.

You can also use chap stick as a small, make shift torch (just light it up with a match or lighter or amy other fire starting devices). Or you can use it to help heal small wounds such as scrapes or cuts (just apply lightly to the affected area). Those are just a couple of examples.

3 Coffee filters Besides their obvious intended use for making coffee, you can also use coffee filters for many other things. Here are a few examples.

You can use it as a food bowl, use it to wipe your butt, soak it in grease to get a fire going, make an air freshener (fill up with baking soda, tire it up, and then leave it out in the middle of a room), clean glasses, and make an emergency bandage or compress.

4 Crayons If you have children, you can never have enough crayons. Just imagine how bored they will be with out their electronics! Crayons will help, at least a little.

Plus, they are very flamable, and can be used as make shift candles. Just remove the wrapper and then light them up, and you’ll be all set.

5 Dryer lint – Dryer lint is very flameble just like crayons. Its also very easy to collect as well and can be a fast and efficient way to get a fire going. Whats more, you can easily collect lint in zip lock bags for ease of storage.

6 Egg cartons – Egg cartons can be very valuable items for mantaining small gardens while also being easy to transport.

All you need to do is some soil into each compartment and plan a little seedling.

Garbage bags- Garbage bags have dozens of uses, not only in everyday life but in a critical survival situation as well.

You can use it to keep supplies dry, make a tourniquet, collect rain water, block the sun, make a pillow, fix leaks, make a rope and so much more.

8 Glass bottles- The biggest advantage to storing glass bottles, as you can probably tell, is that you can use it latter to store more water or other drinks (although it may be advisable to clean them out before doing so).

You can also use glass bottles to store other items such as medications, to get a fire going by filling with water and then using it to reflect the sunlight, or you can break them apart and then use the sharp glass as blades.

9 Grocery bags- One of the best uses for grocery bags will be to collect water. What you can do is take a grocery bag in good condition (without holes) and then use it to cover up soe green branches or brush at the start pf the day. Come back 24 hrs later, and you should see that a small sips worth of drinking water has collected in the bag. You’ll just need to make sure that the plants you select are not poisonous on any way, so be extra careful.

You can also use grocery bags to dispose of human waste, for storing any fruit or vegetable you forage, to mark a trail, or to help keep your gear dry from the wind.

10 News paper- The most obvious survival use for new paper, and the use that most people are aware of is to use it as a fire starter. It’s not all that uncommon for people to ignite the edges of a news paper with a lighter or match, and then place underneath some small pieces of wood and other kindling to build a fire.

But another of the many uses for news paper is to use it as insulation in a shelter, or to use it as toilet paper if you have to as well.

11 paper clips- Besides their use in better organizing files and papers, you can also use paper clips as make shift fishing hooks, as clothes hangers, as a finger or toe splint, or as shims for repair mechanics.

If you think about it, paper clips are basically durable twist ties.

12 Pencils- Writing utensils such as pens and paper will be very important to store, in addition to paper. Another use for pencils is that when they are broken the graphite inside is exposed.

Here’s a fun fact that most people don’t know, when you bring the exposed graphite of a pencil into contact with your car battery and cable, it will turn red hot and then eventually busrt into flames to get a fire going.

13 Shoes- Don’t throw your old shoes away after they get torn or old. While most people will throw away their old shoes, most of the time those old shoes will still be fully functional. Why throw them away when you can just set them aside for storage should disaster strike.

After all, the protection of your feet should be paramount importance when things get bad, and other people know this as well. This is why your old shoes could become valuable barter items when the grid goes down.

14 Socks- After cleaning your socks, you can use them as a pre filter to remove large sediments and particles from water. You can also use socks for storage and to make it easier to carry items.

Finally, you can also use socks as weapons. Just place rocks, stones, pebbles, or spend brass casings in them, tie the end shut with para cord (or your shoe laces) and you can wield it with deadly force against an attacker.

15 Shoe laces- Besides your actual shoes your shoe laces can really help you out in a survival situations as well. For example, you can use them to make traps and snares, to help build shelter, and to fashion a splint to a fractured arm or a leg and so on. In fact, if you think about it, you really should be able to use your own shoe laces for just about anything you could use para cord or smaller strands of rope for.

The lesson? Even if you do end up throwing your old shoes or boots away, at the very least you should save the shoe laces as the definitely come in handy later.

16 Soda cans- Soda cans fulfill a wide array of different survival uses. You can use them to store water or other beverages of food items, the tab can be shaped into a fish hook, and the bottom of the can you cam polish in order to reflect the sunlight to get a fire going.

In addtition, you can also use a soda can as a miniature stove as well. Simply cut it open, and then place a candle with a flame going inside of it. o;d your hands around to warm them up.

17 Tin foil- Tin or aluminum foil truly is among the most versatile of every day items you can use for survival and disaster preparedness. You can wrap food, such as meat or potatoes, in the foil and then place it in the coals near a fire to bake and cook.

You can also use tin or aluminum foil as fishing lures, to sigmal for help or use as trail markers, to scrub dirty pots and pans, and to remove rust from metal.

18 Toilet paper- One of the most essential items to stock up on for a disaster scenario is tilet paper, and for obvious reasons.

And not just the paper, but the leftover toilet rolls. What can you do with them is cut and then flatten them out for easier storage. When brought into contact with a flame, they will light up very easily.

19 books- All kinds of books are applicable here: Novels, books you enjoy, cook books, non fiction, how to guides, survival guides, childrens books, and other books you just enjoy.

When the grid goes down you wont have access to kindle or anything like that, and you’ll be forced to rely on physical copies. Cook books and how to guides will be useful, while novels can help pass the time and boost morale.

20 Pain relievers- Pain relievers such as asprin are essential fo keeping fevers and head aches to a minimum. You can even apply pain relievers directly to scrapes, stings ot burns as well to help reduce the pain.

21 Batteries- All kinds of batteries apply here. You can keep them all stored in a container or card board box that you set aside in storage or in a utility room. In a true grid down disaster when your relying primarily on battery powered electronics , You’ll likely be surprised at how you use them up.

This should be a good motivator to stock pile as much as you can. Make it a rule to buy an extra pack of batteries each week. You’ll also be surprised by how quickly your stock pile grows.

22 Blankets- You’ll be happy you had plenty of blankets on hand if the power goes out during the winter. Wool blankets and quilts in particular will be effective for keeping you warm, cotton works too but also does a generally poor job of wicking away water. Also, don’t forget to hoard pillows and sleeping bags.

23 Vaseline- Vaseline is immensly useful for two primary reasons: it can be applied to the site of scrapes, stings, or cuts to reduce pain and infection; and its very flammable so it can be useful to help get a fire going quickly.

5 simple but useful purse organization tips.

Keeping your purse clean and organized is a must if you ever want to find anything! But how do you keep your purse organized and clean? These simple purse organization tips will help you solve this problem.

Purses come in all shapes and sizes, and the challenge is to keep them clean and functioning.

Tipping your bag out at the check out looking for your bank card or to see how much change you have in the bottom isn’t practical and it’s stressful too.

The 5 steps to an organized purse or hand bag.

These ideas are simple and easy o implement, but they take practice to keep on top of and not letting your purse or bag get into a mess again.

These are my five tips:

  • Empty out your bag.
  • put like items together and work out whats trash.
  • Organize the items into categories that you want to keep.
  • Find a system that works for for you holding your items in your purse.
  • Keep at it, practice keeping your purse or bag organized.

Simple steps to purse organization

The most important step is to empty out your bag. This is going to allow you to see what you actually have in your bag and what is staying.

Getting into a habit of keeping your bag organized will save you having to do this task.

Sort items into categories, this allows you to judge what you have and what needs a new home.

Then its simply a case of finding ways to keep things together and organized.

How to clean and organize your purse.

Once your bag is empty the best thing to do next is to clean out your bag inside out, doing this first helps to air out the purse before you need to put things back inside.

Always follow the manufacturers guild lines when it comes to cleaning your bag, you do not want to damage it.

I wipe over the outside of bags with a damp cloth then dry it.

Putting like items together.

By having all your items together, you can see what items you have that are the same and what you don’t need.

You don’t need 6 packs of tissue in you bag in one go, so by grouping into categories you can work out where you need to pare down.

Its easy to not realize what you have until you pull out all in one space.

Organizing tips and ideas

When it comes to organization you need to think about will hold the items in your purse.

If you have a large bag and just dump everything straight into the bag you are quickly going to find that your bag is still a mess.

The trick is partly finding ways to hold items as well as returning them to the correct spot after use.

The idea of simple is important it might just mean having a card wallet or a coin purse, this way it corals the items together making it easier to find.

What you don’t need is alot of clutter in your purse making it difficult to find anything that you want.

The best idea is to follow declutter tips for you home and apply it to your purse or hand bag.

Simple and easy tips to an organized and clean purse.

Once you’ve pared down all the items in your purse you can start to think about how you are going to arrange them.

If you have a smart phone, then you might try an app that lets you hold all the store cards information.

This is a great way to reduce the number of cards you need to carry, and you can leave the cards at home in a secure place.

You need to consider bags to hold the smaller items together, I have a bag that fits inside my bag and this is a simple way to keep everything organized.

You can use make up bags, to hold small items that you don’t want to lose, ot you can use things like coin purses or card holders and this make keeping financial side of you bag or purse easy to control.

Simple but useful purse organizing ideas.

When it comes to organizing its about finding the right items for you.

The first step is finding the right bag for you. I’m seriously looking at stylish diaper bags at the moment, they don’t have to be for babies, but they are large with plenty of space and as I work from from home, sometimes I have to take items with me when I go out and having space is key.

Nest, comes the coin and card purses and wallets, you need something that is cute but functioning. I always check that the purse is beg enough to hold notes after I purchased one a few years ago that couldn’t hold a not flat and it drove me crazy.

Bag inserts (don’t go for cheap ones, they aren’t great quality) I know from experience! Are great when it comes to a larger bag, they are simple to move from bag to bag if you like to change things up alot.

They aren’t so great for small purse organization though, in the situation you really need to pare down the items you carry and only carry the essentials.

Finding your organizing system that works for you.

What I wont tell you is to use a system that doesn’t fir with your needs, this is just silly! But, the system that you do choose is going to need you to work at it every single day.

An organizing system doesn’t do the work, you have to do the work to maintain the system, it’s just a way to keep your things organized.

The main thing to think about when looking for a system is looking for something that’s easy to maintain.

The more complicated something is the higher the risk forgetting to maintain it.

If you are sill wondering why you should clean and maintain your purse, lets recap.


If you are wondering why you need to clean and organize your bag it’s simple, keeping it clean is essential as its taken to a lot of places and organized because you need to find things it holds.

You need to clean your bag regularly on the inside and out as its subjected to daily germs and grime.

If you want to get organized start with emptying your bag out completely.

This is the ideal time to give it a clean, inside and out.

Sort items into like items, this way you can see what you have, now you need to pare down the items to the essentials only.

Storage is a must, you have a way to hold items in place.

The final part is maintenance, an organizing system is only good if its continually maintained.

How to organize your dresser drawers.

You may have heard me say in the past that I am a very lazy organizer, meaning things must be simple for me in order for me to continue using a certain method of organizing. If it isn’t easy or doesn’t work, then I just wont follow through. Do you have this problem too? The good thing is, once I realize I’m not following through, I will go in search of another way to organize the area I’m failing at. This has happened in the past with my bathroom cabinets. That’s the best part about organizing, it can be changed. Well, about 3 years ago I happened upon a new way of organizing dresser drawers and today is the day I will share with you how to organize your dresser drawers.

By now you have probably heard of Marie Kondo and her best selling book The life changing magic of Tidying up. This book came out the end of 2014 and has taken the organizing world by storm. In her book she talks about the vertical method of organizing your clothes. If you haven’t read her book and are looking to get more organized, I highly recommend it.

If your still laying your clothes on top of one another in your drawers, you wont be by the time you finish reading this amazing way of organizing your drawers. Once you see the results, you will go to your drawers and begin on this new system.

What is the vertical method of organizing?

The vertical method of organizing is when you place your clothing on their side, instead of on top of one another.

The benefits

There are so many benefits using this method, let me give you some of them now.

  • You can see every item in the drawer with out having to move anything.
  • You will wear more of your clothes instead of the same ones over and over again, because you will find clothes you forgot you had.
  • Organizing you clothes this way will save you time every morning while you are getting ready for you day.
  • You have nothing to loose and only a clean and more orderly drawer to gain.
  • No more feelings of frustration when you open your drawer.
  • Your drawers will now make you smile.

Making the change.

  • By using this method you may have to change the way you fold some of your clothes.
  • When you are putting your clothes back in your drawers, it also makes life easier if they are separated by color.
  • Putting clothes away may take a couple extra seconds, but it is well worth extra effort.

When to make the change.

  • If your thinking you don’t have time to do this, here is what I suggest. Do it every night this week for 30 minutes to an hour while you are watching TV. Divide the number of drawers you have available this week and by the end of the week you will be done.

Once you have done this and love it, be sure to share the love and organization in your husbands and children’s drawers as well. The best part is, that if after a month, you don’t end up loving this method as much as I do, you can always go back to the other, more difficult way you organized your drawers before you were introduced to this way.

How to organize your bags and accessories.

Keeping your bags and accessories organized can be a challenge. I keep them in different places throughout my house, with hope that it will be easy to find them when I need them. But, I have fallen into the trap of what I don’t see, I forget about. Does this ever happen to you?

So I have decided to come up with a new game plan for all my bags, accessories and other random items that would fall into this category. That includes floves, head bands, belts, jewlery and scarves.


Start by collecting all your purses, bags scarves, gloves, hats, head bands, jewelry anything that counts as an accessory. Find them in every space they might be hiding.

I check my car, the basement, our laundry room, everywhere I want to make sure that I have every single accessory I own. This way, I can make a reasonable decision about what to keep and what can go.

By seeing everything right in front of you, you will be more thoughtful in what you keep. This is the first step to truly de cluttering your home for good. Always grab all your items and put them in one place. You will be amazed at how much you have accumulated.

2 Categorize

Since we are grabbing all your accessories, I would suggest keeping them in piles based on the category of that item. Put all your purses together, all your earrings, all your gloves, you get the idea.

By categorizing each item, you will gain a better visual for all that you have. And I’m sure you will see right away what you can get rid of. Isn’t that such a nice feeling when you just know what you no longer need?

3 Sort

Start with one category. I personally find that it is easiest for myself if I go about the accessories in this order.

  • Scarves
  • gloves
  • hats
  • belts
  • headbands/hair accessories
  • jewelry
  • bags
  • purses

I suggest doing bags and purses last, because we tend to get really attached to these items. So, by going through some of the less sentimental items first, you will have a better gauge to judge if you really need to keep a particular bag or purse.

I love scarves, so I have a ton of them. But none of them have any sentimental value to me. When I went through my scarves, I was able to be rather objective about what I could discard. Purses and bags can hold more meaning because they can be considered an extention of your self. So really think about what you want to keep and what you are ok with parting with.

As you go through each category, create piles for keep, donate, sell and trash. Put items into the bags as you sort. This will make it easier to clean up once you have finished sorting your accessories.

4 Discard

Once you have finished sorting all your accessories, bags, and purses, you can get rid of all your trash, donate and sell bags. Put your trash bag in the garbage. Put the donate and sell bags in your car. Make it a point to get those out of your car by the end of the week.

By cleaning out all the unwanted items, you will allow yourself to have a blank slate to figure out how to store items you are keeping. It is just incredibly helpful for you to be able to see exactly what you have.

5 Store

Everything is sorted and your bags of unwanted accessories are out of the way. Now the only thing you have in front of you is your beautiful accessories and bags that you love. So how can we store and organize the items that are left? Easy! By keeping all similar accessories together. What I mean by this is tp keep all your bags in one place. It will be your bag home. All your purses together in one place. All your jewelry together in one place.

You don’t have to keep all your accessories in the same place, but keep all like accessories together. This will help reduce the amount of clutter you will have for any of your accessories because you can see everything all in one place.

I suggest keeping scarves organized using a scarf hook organizer in your closet. If you have the space, then roll them up, put them in an acrylic bin, and store on a shelf.

Gloves and hats can be stored in a bin located with the jackets and other winter gear.

Hanging belts on a hanger in your closet near your pants.

Keep all head bands/hair accessories near your brush and comb in your bathroom. You can store them in a bin or drawer, but make sure to keep them all together.

Jewelry should be kept in a jewelry box. I suggest keeping the box in your bedroom in your closet.

Bags should be stored in a closet where you can easily access them. Keep all bags together. I typically suggest keeping bags together with suitc