Prepping 101

100 Prepping Tasks You Can Do In 5 Minutes or Less

100 Prepping Tasks You Can Do In 5 Minutes or Less by Karen Morris – The Organic Prepper

We are all busy people.  Despite all of our time-saving gadgets, our days fill to overflowing so quickly.  We all want to keep up with our prepping tasks, but there are aspects to preparedness that just take time, and there’s no way around them.

If you are going to pressure can meat, you’re going to have to have at least a two-hour chunk of time that you can be in or near enough to your kitchen to keep an eye on the weight of your pressure canner. If you want to install a clothesline, it’s going to take several hours of hard work digging holes for the posts, mixing and pouring the concrete, setting up the lines once the concrete has hardened. If you want to start a garden, you either have to build raised beds or fill the ground.  Both of those take TIME.

I think that is where preppers sometimes get hung up.  They think that any and all preparedness activities take that much time, but they don’t.  Today, I’m giving you a list of 100 prepping tasks that you can do in 5 minutes or less (or maybe just SLIGHTLY more, but not much).

Print out the list.  Cross off the one time items that you’ve already done, like teaching your children their phone number – if you have done that.  Then use this list to do at least ONE thing toward your preparedness efforts every day.  Then on those days that you do have more time, head out and tackle some of those more time-consuming items off your list.

Prepping in the Kitchen

  • Print out CPR Directions and post them inside a cupboard.
  • Plan a meal from your pantry.
  • Find a new food storage recipe.
  • Declutter one shelf in your pantry.
  • Jot down an inventory of your pantry.
  • Create a menu using mostly items already in your pantry.
  • Write down as many breakfast ideas as you can come up with.  Involve your family.  If you need suggestions you could find somehere and here.
  • Write down as many lunch ideas as you can come up with.  Need some suggestions?  I have some here.
  • Write down as many dinner ideas as you can come up with.   You can find dinner suggestions here.
  • On each list, put a star by the meals that make good food storage meals.
  • Copy these onto another piece of paper.  This is the basis for your short-term food storage.
  • List out the ingredients for one meal at a time in five-minute segments.
  • Once you list out the ingredients for each meal, in five minutes at a time, compile the ingredients into one list.
  •  Add one flat of ONE of the compiled ingredients to your cart each time you go to the store.  For example, if one ingredient you need 36 cans of black beans for ALL of your menu items, make sure you pick up at least one flat or 12 cans one time you go to the grocery store.  The next time, either pick up 12 more cans of black beans or maybe pick up a flat of chunked pineapple for another meal you plan to make.
  • Organize your pantry.
  • Declutter your spices.
  • Declutter your kitchen gadget drawer.
  • Make your own shelf stable whipped cream.
  • Choose a second new food storage recipe.
  • Swap a planned meal for a food storage meal.

Prepping in the House

  • Declutter 1 shelf in your garage.
  • Declutter 1 movie from your stash.
  • Declutter 1 stained, soiled, or torn outfit to the trash.
  • List one item that you no longer wear for sale on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or Craigslist.
  • List one video game that you no longer wear for sale on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or Craigslist.
  • Distribute any preparedness items you’ve purchased, but haven’t put them in their place yet.
  • Organize your tools.
  • Declutter your bookshelves.

With the Family

  • Print out family phone numbers for kids.  Post them inside a cupboard.
  • Help your young child learn their phone number.
  • Help your young child learn their address.
  • Help your young child learn their mom’s name.
  • Help your young child learn their dad’s name.
  • Run a fire drill with your kids.
  • Run a tornado drill with your kids.
  • Plan for a bug-out drill.  Make a list of items that HAVE to come with you if you need to bug out.
  • As much as possible, put these items into easily grabbed totes.
  • Assign each item to a child(ren) as appropriate.
  • Assign buddies for the bug out drill.  Each buddy must make sure that their buddy is in the vehicle.
  • Run the bug-out drill.
  • Run it again.  Try to improve your time.
  • Take pictures of each of your children and print them out.  Keep them in your Preparedness binder.
  • On the back of the printed pictures of your children tape a strand of their hair and write any identifying marks they have.
  • Write out a series of questions to ask an older family member or friend who has lived through a time without today’s modern conveniences.

In the Garden

Physical Fitness Prepping

  • Take a short walk.
  • Do 20 jumping jacks.
  • Do 20 squats.
  • Do 10 push-ups, modified push-ups, or wall push-ups.

Preparedness Planning

  • Determine how much water your family would need for three days, a week, and Month.  Here’s a worksheet to help you figure your water plan out.
  • Decide how you’ll provide your family with three days of water.
  • …a week of water.
  • …a month of water (attach family water plan worksheet).

Educational Prepping

Prepping the Cell Phone

  • Download the pl@ntnet app to your phone.  It’s a plant identification app.
  • Download the Useful Knots app to your phone.
  • Download the Red Cross First Aid app to your phone.
  • Download the MyNature Tracks Lite app to your phone.
  • Download the US Army Survival Guide to your phone.
  • Take 5 minutes to peruse each app to know for what all they can be used.

Prepping Activities

  • Save broken crayons to make fire starters.
  • Peel the paper off broken crayons to make fire starters.
  • Save dryer lint to make fire starters
  • Make your own fire starters.
  • Find a route out of town which doesn’t involve using a highway or a road from which you can enter/exit a highway.
  • Pull up your home on Google Maps and look for the nearest river or body of water.  It might be closer than you think!
  • Search for a preparedness book in your local library’s online card catalog.
  • Do an online search for period homes/towns/plantations that you can visit and learn how people used to live hundreds of years ago.
  • Start a fire using steel wool and a 9-volt battery.
  • Start a fire using a magnifying glass.
  • Start a fire using a baggie and water.
  • Learn how to tie two basic knots and why you would use them.
  • Practice hand sewing a button.
  • Practice hand sewing a seam.
  • Walk through your house and find two ways out of each room.  If one of those ways is a second story window, make sure that you purchase a ladder for that specific purpose.
  • Check and/or change the batteries in a smoke detector.
  • Declutter your vehicle.
  • Inventory the preparedness items that you keep in your car.  Keep a list of their locations in your vehicle in an app on your phone.  I use the list feature on my Cozi app.
  • Create a wish list of items for preparedness.
  • Order your wish list in order of most important to least important.
  • Discuss the list with your significant other and get their input.
  • Create a plan for purchasing the items on your wish list.

What About You?

What other five-minute preparedness activities do you do?  Can you think of other items that should be added to this list?  What do you think should be removed?  I’d love to hear!  Leave a comment section below.

Source Link – The Organic Prepper

Karen Morris

Karen Morris has survived some life-changing events, like the Ferguson riots, an armed standoff with a knife-wielding man during my family’s time at a local homeschool chess club, and an F-4 tornado, Each of these events taught her a new level of self-sufficiency and preparedness. From there, her journey to self-sufficiency started with food storage and grew beyond her wildest imaginings. Find out more about Karen Morris: Her books:  A Year Without the Grocery Store and A Year Without the Grocery Store Companion WorkbookHer website: AYearWithouttheGroceryStore.com

from:    https://thedailycoin.org/2018/07/27/100-prepping-tasks-you-can-do-in-5-minutes-or-less/

Take Back your Power

10 Ways to Stop Being a Slave and Bring Down the Pyramids of Control

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Activist Post | There are very real conspiracies in the world, and those conspiracies are always conducted by people “in the know” against those who are ignorant or naive of back-room machinations.Past slavery was largely based on force (thus was much more obvious), but modern-day slavery is actually more widespread because global slave masters use all of the scientific tools at their disposal to win hearts and control minds, convincing us that our hands and feet are free, so we must be living self-directed lives.

There are signs that the mind-pyramids that technocrats have built to enforce their 21st-century global plantation slave system are crumbling as they press harder upon our cognitive ability to make sense of words and actions.  The owners of the shoulders on which the structure of tyranny is supported are beginning to leave in droves. The pyramids are falling as slaves begin to recognize their unconscious effort, and consciously encourage others to find a different line of work.

Here are 10 ways that you can help collapse all of the pyramids of control.

1. Media and Intelligence – Information is knowledge and knowledge is power — this is where it all starts.  Turn off the TV, stop passively receiving information that turns you into an idiot at the teat of the “idiot box.”  Get creative: start a blog, a neighborhood newsletter, radio show, public access TV or YouTube channel, write encouraging letters to companies you appreciate and nasty ones to those you boycott; DO something; anything to increase awareness.  Homeschooling is another great way to help short circuit the negative influences of systematic programming. Even if you don’t agree with homeschooling, or are not able, there are concepts that you can help introduce into your public school to enhance education. Intelligence – there are technologies to thwart constant surveillance, as well as low-tech solutions to high-tech tyranny. The Internet is being used to surveil the public, but it also provides an opportunity for the public to surveil and report the real criminals. Use the system against itself.

2. Health and Agriculture – Why do tyrannical systems always move to declare methods of independence such as farming, vitamins, raw milk, and natural medication like cannabis as underground contraband systems that threaten the health of society?  Clearly because this is a cornerstone of freedom.  Learn to make your own medicines, trade on the underground, support other states (and countries) who have embraced food freedom, and stand your ground by forming local community resistance against food and health tyranny.  Moreover, simply making your mind and body stronger by pursuing what is natural and healthy will give you more power to challenge the system in every other way.

3. Energy and Technology – Support true economic development and pursue open source solutions to all technological problems that can affect humanity on the widest scale. These are the technologies that have been suppressed in the past, their creators destroyed; but now there are too many people pursuing goals to free humanity.  Embrace innovation and technology, but only as it leads to self-empowerment, self-determination, and genuinely helps the human and environmental condition. There are reportedly many free-energy patents being kept from the public.  These technologies can’t be kept secret forever as long as the Internet remains free and open.  Support all efforts to maintain Internet freedom and the right to pursue innovation.

4. Mobility and Flexibility – Always be willing to adapt and move.  The structure of tyranny might be global, but there are always pockets of freedom that tyranny ignores — normally based on economic interest.  Become adaptable, don’t buy into the “American Dream” of having possessions to define your self-worth.  Once you discard the unimportant things, look for specific towns, states, or countries to escape economic decline and those which promote freedom. It’s a difficult decision to pick up and move, especially when extended family comes into play, but discuss your ideas and the evidence for your concerns openly and honestly, and be the first to pioneer the building of a new future — if things begin to collapse in earnest, you will soon be sought after by those who once doubted your “crazy” reasoning.

5. Prepare for the Worst – Along the same lines as being mobile and flexible, make sure that you store enough supplies to get through a few months or more of tough times.  The current system relies on your dependence and they can easily control those who live just-in-time lifestyles. Most people don’t realize how much they “need” the system until something like a blizzard knocks out their power and wipes out the grocery store shelves.  It’s wise to store back-up food, have the ability to produce food, gather tools and other items needed during power outages or other disasters, and actively pursue any and all other survival prepping and self-sufficiency techniques.

6. Refuse to Pay Unjust Debt – This is a moral decision based on the information that much of what was created to be a “loan” was based on a predatory system.  As they say, ignorance of the law is no excuse, and that is duly noted, but when confronted with an enemy that has deliberately contrived devious ways to steal productivity and the fruits of honest labor, then the principle of justifiable self-defense is invoked.  Forget about your credit score; it is the invisible chain that keeps you in prison.  Refuse to pay debts that you know were fraudulently imposed. Remember, the banks never had the money they “lent” to you in the first place; they created it out of nothing to buy your servitude. If you are hesitant to simply quit paying the criminal banks, then learn how to reduce your exposure to all debts.

7. Create New Banking Systems – We have seeneconomic collapse taking down countries like dominoes across the third world, and now the first.  These money junkies cannot and will not stop.  It is up to us to develop systems which permit us to completely withdraw our support for the current system and shield us from manipulated collapses.  This may be the most productive way to break free from modern slavery; whether it’s switching to local credit unions, storing precious metals instead of cash, engaging in barter systems or using alternative currencies, or supporting full-blown monetary reform.

8. Learn a Skill – Learn as many skills outside of your day job as possible.  This can be as simple as giving more attention to your hobbies like fishing, hunting, gardening, painting, blogging, tinkering on cars, building things, sewing, cooking, etc. Whatever useful skill you’re most passionate about, learn more about it, become an expert at it, and acquire the necessary tools to start a side business with it. By doing this, you’ll reduce the dependence on your job and find much more fulfillment in life.  Remember, skills are the only form of wealth that can’t be taken from you. Additionally, form clubs or partnerships with your neighbors and share your skills and tools to form a stronger community that will be resistant to whatever the systems of control throw your way.

9. Boycott – Activists have enjoyed many recent victories through boycott, most notably the rapidremoval of “pink slime” meat from major supermarket chains following public outcry once they became aware of the product.  It goes to show that the public still holds the power over corporations, but the masses must be educated before they’re moved to action.  Not you though.  Readers of this post know exactly what companies to boycott and why. Start living your principles and follow through on your knowledge.  Voting with your dollars DOES work, but not if the aware crowd refuses to do it.

10. Taxes – Taxes are the most controversial of all — the one that catches the most flak, so the one that must be most directly over the target. How do you feel knowing that money is extracted from you by force to be injected into systems around the world that create violence, rip apart cultures, and put us on a path of complete annihilation and self-destruction?  This is slave-like thinking in its highest form of denial.  No Constitution of any country anywhere in the world openly recognizes that it is lawful to forcefully extract money you have earned enslaving you for life to kill others with it, upon penalty of imprisonment. It’s the final chain to be broken, and is admittedly the thickest.  But how can a machine be built without the funding to build it?  The entire prison system we see around us has been built with our own money. Did you authorize it? Did you authorize the preemptive wars, bank bailouts, corporate subsidies, the high-tech surveillance grid that enslaves you?

Significantly, these are all things you can do on your own.  You don’t need to influence politicians, or ignite a mass protest, or wait for an uprising.  There is no cavalry coming. You are the change you seek. Get out there and become more self-reliant and the system will lose its grip on you.  If enough of us do this, the system will fall apart by its own unsustainable making.  Refuse to be a slave today and unchain others by sharing this article and implementing the tips on this list.

from:    http://themindunleashed.org/2014/10/10-ways-stop-slave-bring-pyramids-control.html