I do store a lot of things that we may need in an emergency. I am not prepping for the big zombie apocalypse, but I do prep for emergencies should they arise. When you live out in the boonies and your water well runs off an electric pump, you want to make sure you have enough water for a few days to sustain your family, garden and animals. More than anything I prep for weather emergencies.
You can peep around my house and find all sorts of things under the beds, in cabinets and on shelves covered with a curtain. I wash out any 2-liter soda bottles and fill them with water. I also rinse out my bleach jugs and fill them with water. I write the month and year on the bottle and store them away in a dark place. Every 6 months, if we haven't needed them, I will use that stored water to water plants in the garden or around the house. I will use them to fill my mop bucket or to fill a sink to soak dishes. I then refill the bottles with fresh water and date the bottle again. Basically, revolving my water storage every 6 months. Luckily, a few months ago when our pump went out on our well, I had plenty of water to give to the animals, to do dishes with and to cook with for a couple of days. My family wasn't so high and mighty about me being a hoarder during that little episode. No one went without water!
I also like to keep food on hand in easy to store plastic boxes. Those little plastic shoe boxes you get at the dollar store are perfect. You can put a jar of Alfredo and a box of pasta and even a little container of Parmesan cheese inside along with a zipper baggie of any spices you might need and a can of veggies to make it a balanced meal. You then have a complete meal inside the box and they stack nicely in a cabinet. If you are really organized you can throw in a few packets of instant oatmeal and a small jar of peanut butter and jelly and you have three meals in the box. Minus the bread you will have to bake from scratch. An organized storage pantry is a great way to make sure you have plenty of meals ready to prepare on the spot should you need to during an emergency.
Currently, I'm keeping up on the Venezuela crisis and it scares me to death to think that could happen to us some day. We never know what the future holds and how our economy will hold up. Knowing what those people are going through right now makes me feel pretty good to be a hoarder. I prefer the more trendy term prepper, but I'll take hoarder if I know I'm going to eat and drink!
Do you store things at home? Share some of your emergency tips you rely on around your house.