Prepping Or Hoarding- Hoarder or Prepper- What’s The Difference

prepping or hoarding hoarder or prepper what’s the difference hi it’s AlaskaGranny Alaska Prepper when does prepping become hoarding when you have stored things long past their usefulness and
they aren’t any good anymore for example I have all of these little packages of
toothpaste they’re all dried up even though I have them stored in a cool dry
place in an airtight container these toothpaste tubes things just have a shelf life and
they’re not going to last forever if you have tons and tons of things supplies stockpile that you’ve gotten from I don’t know extreme couponing or overzealous stockpiling prepping make sure that you are being reasonable and that you’re only including things
that really can last a long long time all kinds of products that are liquid
just have a shelf life and they’re going to expire because they’re going to dry
up or just not be safe to use anymore here’s another example of where you’re
prepping supplies becomes a hoard maybe you’ve picked up flashlights like
this one I picked up in the airport in Atlanta I was on a vacation didn’t have a flashlight and this one was nice because you could pump it up only it doesn’t work
anymore so now it’s clutter check the supplies that you’ve bought along the
way and if any of them are no longer suitable get rid of them replace your gear and flashlights with something that’s substantial better quality and is going to last don’t wait for an
emergency to find out that your flashlight has corroded batteries and
isn’t useful anymore or that you bought one that wasn’t substantial in the first
place and it just isn’t going to work take an inventory clear those things out
and replace them with sturdy gear that’s going to last and make sure that you
check your supplies regularly that your prepping prepper supplies they’re still useful and working maybe
you’ve gathered a collection of little items to make some small emergency Altoid bug out bag type emergency kits but you never put them together so all you end up
having is a box of clutter spend a few minutes sort a few things out put some small emergency kits bug out kits
something together and then make a note of any missing components then set a goal to get those missing items put them in your Altoids
kit and then put your little emergency kits in places that are going to be
useful for you did you ever buy a few random prepping items but you still
don’t know how to use them get them out and figure out how to use them so
they’re useful to you otherwise they’re just clutter make sure that you’re
prepping is things that are useful and that you’re rotating them and using them
up while they’re still useful to you otherwise it’s a form of hoarding we
don’t have room for that in our lives we want the things that we really can use
so we have the things we need no matter what comes our way would you want to go to your cabinet in an emergency and the last tube of toothpaste that could be
had is all dried up and no good I don’t think so so pay attention to the prepping prepper emergency supplies stockpile
products that you’re storing and make sure you’re using them before their
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  1. You are so right! I bought a ton of antiperspirant, not knowing that it only has about a 5 year shelf life. Now I have about 25 tubes and at least half need to go in the trash. Also bought a lot of toothpaste that needs to be inspected. I don't keep batteries in my electronics/flashlight unless it's something I use regularly.
    Thanks! You always think of things that no one else is addressing.

  2. If I don't keep everything listed on a spreadsheet that I review every week or month at the latest, I cannot possibly keep track of what is due to expire next. Good advice, Alaska Granny!

  3. You are so right granny. I bought several tubes of toothpaste only to find out that they will go bad even if they are unopened. Hope your having a good day. From Tennessee

  4. Around September and March I have a good clear out for this very reason.

    The one thing I have kept are a couple of those cheap windup torches, because although the batteries no longer work, you can create light using the winder mechanism. If nothing else, they might be a useful barter item, and don't take up much room.

    Another good video, thanks.

  5. For sure. Interesting days are ahead no doubt.

    You may already know this. but I have found out that white vinegar will remove fresh paste residue from leaking batteries. I saved a good Simpson 260 6P multimeter from the scrap heap. The Simpson plastic housing cleaned up very well, and I ordered new battery contacts for it from IMS Meter Supply. Works like new. Translation: I got damn lucky i caught the battery leakage when I did, and it works as advertised. Lol

    Never have been a hoarder. But I could make an exception for vintage ham radio gear. Seems to be a weakness of mine. Can sit for hours listen to all the great stuff on the airwaves.

    Thanks Again!

  6. Very good advice. It is very time consuming to check all gear and stores. But is essential. Can be very expensive at times, replacing items, but the cost of failure, gear and preps is much higher in a situation.
    Thank you.

  7. Hygiene and household is one year with me, no more, apart from toilet paper (that I get in tablets to complete). A stock I turn.For longer, I have the substances to produce these necessities myself, including natural alternatives. For the rest of my preps it is quite the same, one year and then the garden must produce. Anyway, if it comes to hardship and I have to move, no use to have more than I can put into my bugout trailer…best wishes and thank you for your inspiring videos, from France! PS. Let us all not forget that being prepared does not mean to forget to live and enjoy the present moment!

  8. My own grandmother was a hoarder. She would put stuff inside bread wrapper bags, then stuff those bags inside empty corn flakes boxes. When I was a kid, when I went to her house, she would always be busy sorting her "collection", which was a huge pile in her living room. She would often discover things she squirreled away years before. I would ask her how things were going and she would reply, "every day is Christmas!"

  9. Flashlights don't seem to last long, even without batteries in them. I thought the batteries were dead. Changed the batteries and they still don't work. Guess I need to get new flashlights.

  10. I have also heard other preppers say do not store anything you would not use. I think they were talking about food. BUT we could also say this about flash lights and remember if you are storing flash lights lanterns (batter operated) to take the batteries out of them before you store them ( that reminds us me I have to check my batter operated fans and flash lights)

  11. A question? If you put the tooth paste and the like in ziplock bags or mylar bags and then in your containers with oxygen absorbers would they last longer? I had, not tooth paste, but hand wipes and Input them unopened in a small zip loc bag and then both of them in a larger ziploc bag and stored them in my car for about 2 to4 months before I used them and they were as good as I put them in there. I didnt use them again for another six months and I could not tell any difference In loss of moisture

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