It’s many people’s worst nightmare: the undead roaming the streets and wreaking havoc wherever they go. You never know when a zombie apocalypse may break out, so it’s smart to get organized now so you are ready should it happen. In the meantime, you will be able to enjoy the perks of living in a clean and organized home!
1. Create an emergency kit with the basic supplies you will need in a zombie apocalypse or other disaster. Start with one or two plastic storage bins and stock them with bottled water, any essential medications your family uses, a battery powered radio, a utility knife, duct tape, flashlights, a first aid kit, and compact blankets. You can add nonperishable foods as well, or just have an extra storage bin available to fill from your pantry if you need to go and take food with you.
2. Take stock of your pantry and get all your nonperishable foods organized so you can survive at home for several days, or longer if needed, while you wait for the zombies to pass through or for you to find a zombie-free camp. Start by going through your pantry and throwing away any items that are past their expiration date. Then sort remaining items and make a shopping list for anything else you need. Some basic pantry essentials include rice, pasta, nuts, peanut butter, dried fruit, and canned beans, tomatoes, fish, fruit, and vegetables. Always put the newest items in the back and the oldest at the front so you can rotate through them for your everyday use and keep food from expiring.
3. Organize any overflowing closets so you have space to hide from the zombies if they make it into your home. Work through one closet at a time, and start by pulling everything out of the closet and onto the floor or folding tables. Sort through items and group them by category, including a category for items to throw away or donate to others. Then put items back in your closets, using plastic storage bins to keep loose items tidy. The bins are easy to pull out if you need something from them, or you can move the bins somewhere else if you need the closet space for hiding your family from the zombies!
4. Organize your garage or shed so you can access tools that you can use as weapons if needed. A pegboard on the wall makes it easy to hang the tools you use most frequently, like your hammer, axe, shovel, hedge trimmers, chainsaw, and crowbar. You can use them to keep your home and yard in shape now, and if you ever need them to defend yourself or your home, they will be there waiting for you.
5. Keep zombie costumes at the ready so you can blend in if needed. As the saying goes, if you can’t beat them, join them! If you have a realistic costume, you should be able to trick them into thinking you are a zombie too, at least if they’re not looking too closely. Store all of your costumes, fake blood, and face painting supplies in Halloween storage bins at home or in your storage unit, where you can quickly go find them if you need them.