Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve noticed there are some who call themselves Preppers who are really just glorified Packrats. Now, I fully admit that I have the Packrat gene. I came by it honestly, and it is fairly acknowledged within my family. I fell to it’s ravages many times over the years in my prepping to prep stages. In truth, the most organized home I ever had was when I lived on an island off the coast of Puerto Rico and did not have access to the temptations of impulse buying. Admittedly, even then, I had one of the most well stocked pantries and could cook for 20 at a moments notice.
So how do you know if you’re a Prepper or just a glorified Packrat?
1. A Plan – do you have a plan (Prepper), or do you just randomly buy what looks cool that might come in handy(Packrat)?
2. Organization – are things labeled and inventoried so you can quickly visualize what you have vs. what you need (Prepper)? Or do you shove your purchases in whichever cubbyhole is handy regardless of temperature or humidity controls (Packrat)?
3. Well Rounded – are you increasing skills in all aspects of your life to work towards self-reliance (Prepper)? Or are you just buying up stuff(Packrat)?
Now, this isn’t intended to insult anyone, or hurt feelings. I have found that my house needed to be put in order – and room by room I am making progress. If anything, if I stepped on some toes, start to make the changes now and get the most out of your investments.