The Importance of List Making & Keeping Inventory

You get used to readying lists – there are a ton on this website alone – but what about your personal lists? I always suggest keeping a running list, in a composition notebook or in a spreadsheet on your phone or computer, in the various and essential categories, including (but not limited to):

  • Food
  • Water
  • Protection & Security
  • First Aid & Personal Hygiene
  • Kitchen & Cooking
  • Communication
  • Entertainment
  • Pets & Animals
  • Your Personal To-Do List
  • Raw Materials

You may find or know of other categories that may better fit your situation, but these are the essentials in my spreadsheet, among a few others. You will always need a list, and creating one now keeps you ahead of the curve – especially when it comes to organization and being able to find and actually use your preparations.

Your lists should include everything that is included in your preps, but not necessarily in your everyday life.

For example, you have the normal, everyday foods that you keep in your cabinets, and then you should have you inventory list of all the food you have stored. See the difference? The food in your cabinets, versus the food you have stored. That doesn’t mean you can’t eat your stored food, it just means it isn’t the chips and crackers you keep as snacks.

You inventory list should (at the bare minimum) include, the foods, the dates you purchased them, the expiry dates, and any other notes you feel are pertinent. If you do this in a program, such as Excel, you can easily create different sheets, and organize it by expiry date.

Tip: Organize your pantry and prep storage by expiry date, that way it will be easy to decipher what’s about to expire and what you should use. This doesn’t mean you will use it, but the goal is to use the food, and rotate it out with newer product. Hopefully, nothing will never expire before you can use it in your everyday food.

Also, you will need to have a list of all of your preparations, the things you currently have, and the things you still need to get, and in which order you think you should get them in. This will help keep you organized and keep what you need on the forefront of your mind.

In my house, I always have a running to-do list. Actually, we have two. We have the everyday, needs to-dos, and the preparations to-dos. We distinguish between the both to keep better organized. One thing on my everyday to-do list is to vacuum the house. One thing on my preparation to-do list is to buy a metal chest for all of our candle supplies. See the difference?

As always, I encourage increased awareness and knowledge learning, so a list of things to research is always on my radar. That just means that I have a list of things that I want to learn more about, whether that be online learning, or purchasing a new book!


  • Inventory list of all food preps, including food type and category, purchase date, and expiry date.
  • List of preparations that you have acquired, separated by category.
  • List of preparations that you would need to acquire, separated by category and organized by priority.
  • List of general to-dos.
  • List of items left to research.

Thank you for reading my article today. As always, if you have a comment, please leave it below; or if you have a suggestion on a topic, please contact me via the contact page above!


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