For a long time I did not store anything for natural/man made disasters because it was too much stuff. I recently have realized that's pretty stupid considering I have 3 little kids who depend on me for survival. I was seriously struggling with how I could reconcile storing food, water, other supplies and minimalism.
Then I realized that because I have gotten rid of so much unnecessary stuff, I have several huge cupboards in the kitchen empty, empty space in closets, underneath the beds is empty, etc. So in getting rid of things that are not necessary for survival, I have gained space to store some stuff to keep us alive in case anything happens. I just thought I would share that. I am still not looking forward to moving things like stored food- hopefully we end up staying in this area.
Please no posts like "I'm not worried anything will ever happen so I don't do anything"- I'd like to hear how other people who keep minimalist belongings balance that with preparedness. I used to think they were opposites of each other, but now I think they compliment each other.
Also, it's not about worrying or being fearful, just being better safe than sorry. In fact, I feel a lot more peaceful and secure knowing I will be better prepared to take care of our family when something happens.
I'm thinking about getting a nearby storage unit that could be walked to in an emergency, then we could use it like a cache and store stuff there instead of here. We kinda need it if we want to store any gasoline because we live in an apartment.