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We are new to prepping and have very limited space to store. We have about 2 small closets (probably what most people would refer to as about the size of a broom closet or linen closet) and I will have another small closet like that soon once I can fit some shelves in it.

 

What can we do to maximize our space? Especially when it comes to storing water?

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http://www.thereadystore.com/water-storage/56-gallon-waterbrick-storage-kit-16-qtyDo you have a garage? I have a similar prob with storage. You could store 55 gallon water drums in a garage or shed. There was another post about using five gallon water cooler jugs. If you dont have a garage then it might be difficult. I was looking at this product because they can be stored under a bed, but theyre expensive:

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5 galon bucket with lids(wally world in Cake dept for 1 dollar) they can be stacked.Label everything in them the lids ensure nothing gets in .If and when you need to bug out,Snatch and grab buckets.

after 3 bucket high put a sheet of thin plywood on top for a shelf.2 buckets deep and 3 across still gives you room in the middle..

JMHO..

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The water BOB, for emergency water would be my first suggestion. I think if you use a link from this forum, it helps support the forum. http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=water+bob&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=4426300509&ref=pd_sl_836rwqova_b

 

As to additional food and water storage, i think you'll have to take some creative stock of your situation. Apartments can be quite unique. If you use an industrial look, you can incorporate file cabinets that can hold additional food stores.

 

But perhaps your best bet is to store packs of MREs under the bed, in a Rubbermaid container or similar. Since your space is limited, your stores may have to simply be more compact.

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A lot of apartments won't let you have water bed and insurance agencies don't like um. to much risk of water damage and it's heavy

 

they probably dont want you stock piling ammo either. i see the risk if you are on the second floor and in a part of your state where earthquakes are a certain risk.

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It is a very small house. We have a shed, albeit a very full shed I will have to clean out, but I might be able to start using it. But will the summer heat cause my stored water any problems being out in the shed? And the water BOB? Can I fill it and store it somewhere? We will still need our tub for now.

 

Thanks for all the great ideas!

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The water BOB, for emergency water would be my first suggestion. I think if you use a link from this forum, it helps support the forum. http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=water+bob&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=4426300509&ref=pd_sl_836rwqova_b

 

As to additional food and water storage, i think you'll have to take some creative stock of your situation. Apartments can be quite unique. If you use an industrial look, you can incorporate file cabinets that can hold additional food stores.

 

But perhaps your best bet is to store packs of MREs under the bed, in a Rubbermaid container or similar. Since your space is limited, your stores may have to simply be more compact.

 

I agree with Survival101. I bought a Water Bob from Cheaper Than Dirt for $20. I keep it in the closet closest to the bathtub. At the first sign of any major problem, it can be filled in about 10 minutes. Right now it takes up about the same amount of space as a text book. It has to be replaced after any use, but that's cheap for several weeks worth of water in an emergency situation

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Ok, I've been thinking about this for a couple of days.

1. Water: Walmart sells a green water container holds 6 Gls for $12. They are tall and narrow. Pull your couch away from the wall and you can place quite a few behind. Ready to go, but out of sight.

Buy at least a couple of water BOB's, they are still readily available, but that can change very quickly. The smaller one holds 65 Gls, the larger 100. These are for an emergency fill, for now just store them in your bathroom for easy availability.

2. Food: If the 3rd closet is as small as the other two, you have to figure out if the food buckets will work for you or if there is too much wasted space. Alternatively, you could use dark colored storage conainers after you seal your food into Mylar bags available from beprepared.com.

3. Heaviest items on the bottom (sorry!)

4. Sundries: TP, papertowels go under beds. CANNOT have enough TP!!!!

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Guess it also depends on the size of the apartment, intended use of the rooms, social inclinations of the occupants, and age. We moved from a nice home to an apartment 1/2 the size, and have had more than enough room for 2 years. Shortly, we'll be moving to a community in the Pacific Northwest where apartment space is at a premium. We'll be really lucky to be able to afford something 1/2 to 2/3 this size.

 

With that in mind, we're "redecorating" Selling the cushy couch and chair, scaling down every piece of furniture except the bed, which is our luxury. We'll be going from a genteel look, to an industrial look, which will let us place things like pots and pans and dishes on stainless shelving (think Sam's) while we tuck our food and water stores in every available cabinet. We'll be utilizing under the bed storage, and thinking on how to use the vertical space as well. We're even going to construct modular kitchen table seat units from stainless shelving or from plywood (think upside down empty box) to store liquor supplies. Can't have those walking off. ;) The units will be built to scale for covering liquor cases of a specific size. These can be painted, or alternatively covered like a parson's chair.

 

They used to have "teddy bear hammocks." These are really just small nylon camp hammocks and can be purchased inexpensively. They'd make a possible vertical storage option for any room where you need light items stored.

 

Three louvered shutters, bought at Home Depot or Lowe's can be hinged together to make a corner unit.

 

You can also install a pot rack, to hang your cookware and free up valuable space. Just remember, that it could be a hazard in an earthquake zone, so plan accordingly.

 

Hope something in all this helps.

Edited by survival101

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Will storing water out in my shed be a problem when summer hits?

 

not if it is sealed tight besides water is water even if it is floating on top of your septic tank sludge

the trick is to get it to a drinkable state.

in a land far away you build a berm out of sand whatever urinate in it and cover with plastic

drop a small rock in the center to direct condensation to the low point drops fall into a container

you placed in the center under the tarp next morning get your water you augment your urine

with cactus or other things that have fluid in them chop it up and toss it in the berm.

 

after you collect it it must be treated at minimum and boiled as airborne bugs that will get in

the container.

taste may be treated by charcoal pure not briquettes or such.

 

water will evaporate chlorine in 24 hours if left in an open top container {depends on size of

opening versus size of container} and some filters remove it also.

you need to check each filter has different solutions to filter water and zero filters have a gimmick

but I do not know if it relates to viruses or bacteria so I am still boiling the water

distilled water needs to have vitamins with it or it will strip your body of nutrients as it has none

so distilled water is not the answer unless you have food or vitamins to supplement what it can

draw from the body.

 

I am not a doctor or a water specialist but these are some things to know or to check on

for your own well being and health.

Edited by juzcallmesnake

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Have you considered this? If you buy the large size of Crystal Light it comes packed in a plastic container with several packages of your favorite flavor of the product. Which is good in its self but, the container it comes in is what the real story is. If you pull off the plastic wrapper which is on the container you have a very useful clear container with a lid. The lid is not necessarily spill proof but with some duct tape around it very well may be. However, its shape is useful for putting things in and keeping them dry. I have several and one contains a lot of my fishing items. If you are in need it can double as a drinking container. I also have one full of beef and chicken bullion cubes. You name it. The shape does not take up too much room in the pack or vest. Two can fit the area of 2 FN STG58 magazines. Check it out.

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