Hey Pack. We have been working on increasing our storage space and organizing everyday preps to keep them far more handy. I consider it a big win when I can use preps as part of our home decor – survival gear hiding in plain sight can be attractive, and a decorating money saver.
My evergrowing cast iron cookware is constantly in need of a better place to call home. So, I decided to use the durable cookware as part of my homesteading kitchen decor.
The cast iron looks pretty, and now takes up a lot less space, space that can be used for other things. I really loathe clutter and wasn’t sure I could deal with some many things on the wall throughout the kitchen, but ended up being really happy with the setup once it was finished.
I also spent a good bit of time putting my apothecary cabinet together. I now have two more empty shelves in a kitchen cabinet to store pantry type food. Having all of my medicinal and cooking herbs in one place is crucial if someone other than myself is suddenly tasked with putting together a home remedy or a bullet wound treatment.
This is just the upper half of the apothecary cabinet. Bobby has made little bleachers out of scrap wood to give me more storage space on one shelf. I am going to have to pull them out and stain, paint, or burn them so they are more attractive, but I was very grateful for the added space to work with.
One the top shelf with my mortar and pestles are homemade natural remedy gel capsules, leaves, and roots. I am storing my gel capsule makers in the vintage metal kitchen canisters. The capsules themselves are stored in another room further away from the wood stove so they do not melt. In the cool red metal toolbox are my essential oils.
Similar attractive and upcycled storage containers are used to house more essential oils, beeswax, and carrier oils on the shelves below that are not a part of the photo.
Bobby got me this really cool staple hammer for Christmas. I had seen it being used on an episode of Alaska The Last Frontier by one of the Kilcher clan. I had never seen such a hammer before and for some reason, regular staple guns and I just don’t seem to get along. The hammer works great, I was able to use red handkerchiefs. I got two for $1 packages to recover an old armless rocking chair from one grandmother and a cool old metal chair from my other grandmother.
Extra indoor seating for when our prepping clan is on-site is always mighty useful. This was a quick, super cheap, and easy project thanks to my staple hammer. I have also now used it to deal with chicken wire and hardware cloth, and it works equally well.
I have some exciting prepping news on the livestock front this week. Pearl, my one-eared and only three functioning legs, Nigerian dwarf goat is once again pregnant. I do worry about her carrying all of that extra weight, but she is healthy and happy – well, actually a bit fussy with her existing brood and my blue heeler, Jovie. Pearl tends to get that way when she is pregnant.
I am looking for another Nigerian dwarf or pygmy doe or nanny goat to add to our herd, so we can create a solid breeding program. I am hoping to breed and sell the Buckeye chickens in a dual effort to help maintain the dwindling population of the heritage breed and as a little side money maker. Of course, my beautiful, incredibly docile, and weird Buckeye chickens will have to finally start laying some eggs for that to happen. They still seem to have no desire to fly. Like I said, weird chickens, but I do adore them.
This week’s questions:
1. How do you combat prepping gear storage issues economically?
2. What was the best manual tool addition to your preps in 2018?
3. Do you engage in any survival livestock breeding – or what animal would you think would be the most valuable to breed if you could?
4. What did you do to prep this week?