Transitioning From Suburban House to Apartment Prepping: A Guide

Transitioning From Suburban House to Apartment Prepping: A Guide

Transitioning from Suburban House to Apartment Prepping


Transitioning from prepping in a spacious 4-bedroom suburban house to navigating the world of apartment prepping in a cozy 2-bedroom unit was a strategic move aimed at alleviating our family’s medical debt burden. Surprisingly, the shift from ample living space to a more confined environment proved smoother than anticipated, thanks to meticulous planning. My newfound knowledge and experience in apartment prepping have taught me some valuable lessons that I would like to share with you.

1. Assess Your Needs

Before making the transition, it’s essential to assess your needs and priorities. Ask yourself what is crucial to have in your apartment in case of emergencies or unexpected events. Make a list of necessities, such as food, water, and medical supplies, and determine how much space each of these items requires. This will help you better understand what you can fit in your new apartment and what you might need to prioritize or downsize.

2. Maximize Storage Space

One of the challenges of apartment prepping is dealing with limited storage space. The key is to maximize every inch of available space. Here are a few tips on how to do that:

– Utilize vertical storage: Install shelves or use hanging organizers to make the most out of your wall space.
– Utilize under-bed storage: Invest in under-bed storage containers or vacuum-sealed bags to store items that are not frequently used.
– Utilize dual-purpose furniture: Look for furniture pieces that have built-in storage, such as ottomans or coffee tables with hidden compartments.
– Utilize door and cabinet organizers: Use over-the-door shoe or pantry organizers to store small supplies or toiletries, and install small wire racks inside cabinets to maximize space.

3. Prioritize Essential Supplies

With limited space, it’s crucial to prioritize essential supplies. Focus on the items that are necessary for survival and can sustain you and your family during emergencies. Here are a few examples of essential supplies to consider:

– Food: Stock up on non-perishable food items that have a long shelf life. Canned goods, dried fruits, and protein bars are excellent choices.
– Water: Ensure you have a sufficient supply of clean drinking water. If you have limited space, consider investing in water filters or water purification tablets.
– Medications and First Aid: Make sure you have an ample supply of necessary medications and a well-stocked first aid kit.
– Emergency Lighting: Have flashlights, batteries, and candles readily available for power outages.
– Communication: Invest in a portable emergency radio and keep a fully charged power bank for your mobile devices.

4. Stay Organized

In a smaller living space, staying organized is the key to optimizing your prepping efforts. Here are some tips to help you stay organized:

– Label everything: Use labels or color-coding to identify different categories of supplies. This will make it easier to find what you need quickly.
– Create a prepping schedule: Set aside specific times each week or month to assess and update your supplies. This will ensure that everything is up to date and readily available when needed.
– Keep an inventory: Maintain an inventory of your supplies so that you know what you have on hand and what needs to be replenished.

5. Adapt and Adjust

Apartment prepping requires adaptability and the ability to adjust your strategies according to your living situation. Here are a few suggestions to help you adapt to apartment prepping:

– Consider alternative cooking methods: In a smaller space, it may not be feasible to have a full-size stove or oven. Look into alternative cooking methods such as a portable camping stove or a small electric hot plate.
– Join a community garden: If you have limited space for growing your own food, consider joining a community garden in your area. This will allow you to contribute to your food supply without taking up too much space.
– Invest in lightweight and compact gear: When it comes to survival gear, look for lightweight and compact options that can be easily stored in your limited space.

My 2 Cents

Transitioning from a spacious suburban house to an apartment for prepping requires careful planning and organization. Prioritize essential supplies and maximize the use of available storage space. Stay organized and adapt your strategies to fit your new living situation. Remember, apartment prepping is all about efficiency and making the most out of limited resources. With the right mindset and preparation, you can successfully transition to apartment prepping and be ready for whatever comes your way.