Post from Susan:
When does a Prepper become a Hoarder? I’ve thought of this after watching the Hoarders TV show and then watching some YouTube videos of a prepper with overstocked and crammed food storage strewn in piles all over living areas.
Is a person not labeled a Hoarder if his inventory is neat and organized compared to someone who just throws things in piles and is extremely unorganized? One difference between a hoarder and a Prepper is a hoarder saves everything, whether its needed or not and cannot throw anything out. A Prepper saves for future horrific events as a safety net for themselves and their family.
I often wonder if there’s a line you pass when you start out as a Prepper but then turn into a hoarder as the stockpile of food grows and grows until even a small army couldn’t eat it all before the expiration dates. Some people become unable to pass up any sale food item, even if its something they will never eat.
That’s why its so important to be organized. Keeping track of what comes in and even making a list with expiration dates. Also doing a Last In, First Out method of keeping food so the food doesn’t get lost before it expires. That’s why its also important to try to buy what you would normally eat so that you do have the turnover of using the oldest food first.
When does “Being Prepared” turn into going too far? I think that when storage becomes more important and takes over living space, when people stop living their normal life and that’s all they think about and forget that you have to enjoy your family life also. If prepping is effecting your family life, I think that’s when its gone too far and it might be the time to take a step back and see if maybe you’ve done enough already, take a break and take stock of what you have.
Not by any means am I against Prepping, I have my one year food storage for myself and my family, I just think like anything else it needs to be kept in perspective. I think that Prepping can become an obsession and can be taken too far at the cost of one’s family. I’ve seen it happen, I’m just saying, but what do I know.
Ok, now I have to go check my prepping list again, I’m sure I’m missing something.
And as a last note, if you are neither a Hoarder or a Prepper you better start preparing for something that may never happen, but then again it just might. I’d rather be prepared, if even going overboard as I can always share with my relatives that think I’m crazy if a crisis does occur.