Fall Preparations: Stocking Up
Updated: Sep 29, 2020
In the first part of our fall preparations, we got the house cleaned, organized, and protected on a magickal and mundane level. Now let's look at stocking up on our household supplies in preparation for a tough winter.
Here the nitty-gritty. This winter has the potential to be one of the worst we have had in living memory. This isn't a "Please go and hoard an ungodly amount of toilet paper kids" permission form, but we do need to be realistic looking ahead. Disease, social unrest, and bad weather are all on the menu for this go around, and no one knows for sure how bad things could be. Be a smart follower of The Old Ways, and error on the side of caution, yet compassion. To put it another way: You have the genes of the ancestors who stocked up for winter, who headed Nature's warnings and made sure they and their loved ones had what they needed to be as self-sufficient as possible. Your self-sufficiency results in taking you out of the lines wrapped around Costco, and leaving items on the shelves for the people who financially cannot buy items ahead of time.
Let's break this down:
Do you have all of your prescription medication filled for at least a 90 day supply? What about over the counter medication? An emergency first aid kit?
Do you have all of the cleaning/sanitizing supplies you need? Dish soap, laundry detergent, multi-surface cleaners, cleaning wipes?
Do you have enough masks, hand sanitizers, and gloves for you and your family?
Do you have the basic clothes you and your family will need? What about hats, coats, gloves, boots? If you have growing children, do you have clothes that fit?
If you have a freezer, is it stocked up with enough food for 3 to 6 months? Meat, frozen veggies, fruit for smoothies?
What about the pantry? Do you have enough pantry staples? Rice, beans, veggies, pasta, oatmeal, pasta sauce? What about shelf-stable milk, almond milk, or electrolyte replacement drinks? An emergency food kit?
Are the cars up to date on needed repairs and maintenance?
What about alternative energy sources if the power goes out for a short time? Batteries, wood for the fireplace if you have one, or even a small generator?
What about the fun items to help everyone stay positive? Board games, card games, puzzles, coloring books, books?
What about internet speed, wifi, computers? If you and your family are looking at remote work/learning, do you have the equipment that will make that feasible?
Most of the time, lists and recommendations on The Thriving At Home List are inexpensive and short. I know this list has the potential to be quite the bill! But shop around for sales, utilize Amazon/Target/Walmart/Costco, and go in with family or neighbors to make sure everyone has what they need. If things are not as bad as predicted, then you just saved yourself a bunch of trips to the store and have more time to relax. If things are bad, then you are safe at home with your loved ones and have opened up your place in line for others.