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Spring Cleaning Checklist

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It’s that time of year and as all good Prepper’s do we start spring cleaning! Being prepared is about vigilance. Having the right items ready when you need them. Here is a short checklist for you to use as a reminder. The list is short but some items might take a little time to complete, so print this list out and keep it handy.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

  • This is typical spring cleanup. But all you preppers tend to hoard stuff. Note I said “you preppers.” We are sizing down and getting ready to live the RV life so I know it can be done. Be ruthless!
  • You’re already onto your garden – great! Now is the time to buy your replacement seeds. Learn how to store them properly.
  • Change out or clean any water filters around the house. Especially the refrigerator!
  • Check all your fire extinguishers. Replace any with a low charge. (also an RV item)
  • Test all CO2 and smoke alarms. (also an RV item)
  • Check the cords on your portable electronics. Are your USB cords in good repair? Replace any that are torn or frayed.
  • Replace your pillows. We wrote a great article on why, here.
  • Ensure all flashlights work and are bright. If dim, then replace them. Always have extra on hand of all sizes. Don’t forget the odd size batteries you need for things like a camera or hearing aid. Here is a guide if you are travelling with batteries.

Items specific to your RV


  • Check the roof. Keeping your RV leak free will pay dividends in the future.
  • Check around windows, doors, and vents for leaks. Seal them as needed.
  • Check all the inside and outside lights. Replace any not working and make sure you have spare bulbs on hand.
  • Check around shower/toilet area for mold, mildew, and leaks
  • Are the tanks full or empty? This is a personal choice and dependent on weather in your specific area.
  • They should be full and ready to roll! Don’t forget to check the spare.

Well, I think that’s enough to keep you busy well into June. Start today and keep at it, I better get started myself.

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A Poem for Ewe Awl


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This is for all parents to share with their kids.  It explains why I made mine write out assignments by hand. Share with your kids and their teachers as they will also have some fun with it. And for all my writing friends… we know why we have each other edit our work. Nuff’ said.

Eye Halve a Spelling Checker

I halve a spelling checker

It came with my pea sea

It plainly marcs four my revue

Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.


Eye strike a key and type a word

And weight four it two say

Weather eye am wrong oar write

It shows me strait a weigh.


As soon as a mist ache is maid

It nose bee fore two long

And eye can put the error rite

Its rare lea ever wrong.


Eye have run this poem threw it

I am shore your pleased to no

Its letter perfect awl the weigh

My checker tolled me sew.

Spell Check


I found this poem on Pinterest here.

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Prepping is Not Just Mom or Dad’s Thing

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One of the difficulties facing many of us today is getting our kids (and often our spouse) involved in the “what if” scenarios. The kids, like us at their age, think they are immortal and things will be tomorrow just like they are today. World economies, politics, and foreign wars are… well… boring. Of course, you can always discuss the coming zombie apocalypse.

Why prepare for an imaginary disaster when the government will be there to provide assistance? Not everyone in every family is a realist. People didn’t see or grasp the impact of the slow response of the government during hurricane Katrina. And you have to remember, the Government is not a first responder and the larger something is, the slower it moves. People also fail to realize that Government help comes with a price tag. Obamacare is a perfect example.

I recently read a great article on the Trailer Park Homesteader blog. Sharon sums it up simply:

“If you’re like me, you don’t trust the government to bail you out if a disaster strikes. But convincing your other half that you are right and the government is wrong may be a challenge. Some people just prefer wandering around with blinders on, hoping that they’ll never have to see how scary the world really is.”

So where do you even begin? In the article, she guides you through baby steps on how to “sneak” in some prepping if you are having to go it solo. “… start doing things that could be considered prepping, but could also be considered useful for your life in general. For example, if you’re buying the groceries, then start watching sales and buy extra when you find one. Your spouse won’t think it’s suspicious that you have three month’s worth of spaghetti sauce when you explain that you got it half off.”

But the best advice in the article is about getting your family on board.

  • Be Patient
  • Be Realistic
  • Be Reasonable
  • Be Interesting

My wife and I are working on a couple of games that families can play to get the kids interested in the activities of emergency preparedness. We feel that getting the whole family on board is crucial, but you don’t have to start from a somber outlook about the future – you can appeal to their desire to do cool things, to compete, to make stuff, to work out solutions. You don’t have to tell them what you’re teaching them!

I encourage all of you to check out The Trailer Park Homesteader and specifically the article “Getting Your Family On-Board with Prepping.”

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