How many blankets do you have in your home? One for each bed? Two for each bed? If you’re like most people that I’ve spoken with, the answer boils down to two small words.
Can I ask why you have so few blankets in your home? Is it because you simply don’t think about it? Because they can be expensive? Some other reason? Blankets, believe it or not are great for more than just snuggling on the couch or staying warm at night. In fact? I think you should store them and include them in your emergency preparations with the rest of your stockpile. The reasons to store extra blankets are numerous but I don’t want to give you a book. Instead? Let’s just look at what I think are the 5 biggest reasons to store them.
When we think about blankets, we usually only think of using them for warming our bodies (or our feet which is the current case as I type this). What we miss though is that blankets have a lot of different uses besides the obvious. In our house, we typically keep around 15 extra blankets on hand. We store quilts, wool blankets and even moving blankets for a bunch of different purposes. Most of the time they stay in storage, coming out once every few months to get washed, dried and re-stored. It might seem like more work than it’s worth, but trust me, it really isn’t.
5 Reasons to Store Extra Blankets
Before you do put up a few blankets in storage, make sure that you can store them correctly. If not, you run the risk of your blankets potentially getting wet which results in mildew and a musty smell that you’ll be unlikely to get out, you could be risking mice, moths or other critters getting into them and making them dinner or a whole slew of other issues. When you go to use your blankets, when you absolutely need them, they won’t be there. To be certain that you’re storing them correctly, wash and dry them completely before storing in a zippered plastic bag. We use the Ziploc Big Bags to keep ours in. Once the blankets are folded into the bags, squeeze out as much air as you possibly can then store in a plastic tote with a lid. Doing it this way protects not only from any critters, but also from getting wet and smelly. Once you’ve got the actual storage part all figured out, you’re ready to figure out your reasons for storing them!
Because snow and ice can be harsh – We all know that blankets keep us warm while we sleep, but staying warm consists of more than just while we sleep. What would happen if your area received so much snow (say the 2-3 feet for the East coast that is predicted at the time of this writing) that your power went off? In extreme snow and ice, crews can have trouble reaching lines to fix them which means it could be out for days. The year that I had my daughter, my parents were without power because of ice for almost 6 days straight. It was only after I phoned the electric company to let them know that my parents lived in a senior apartment complex where people were on oxygen and without power did they make it a priority to get their power turned back on. Having extra blankets on hand can help keep a situation like a weather caused power outage from going from bad to worse. We store 2-3 blankets for each person in our family, plus a few extras for pets or other people just in case.
Because sometimes the floor is cold – If you’re in a situation where your heat is out and your floors are cold, blankets can be laid down on top of hard floors to help keep things warm. It isn’t going to look the prettiest, but the truth is? If you’re cold? Pretty should be the last thing on your mind. For this purpose, we keep moving blankets and a collection of wool blankets typically used for covering furniture that you’re moving in storage. They aren’t pretty, but they’re thick and well made and if we would need them to cover the floor, they would work very well. (Plus they work GREAT when camping to keep you warm after you sleeping bag gets soaked. Don’t ask how I know.)
Because Mother Nature answers to no one – Along the lines of the snow and ice reason, Mother Nature can be harsh in other ways. Emergencies like earthquakes, fires, tornadoes and more can all cause injury and displace folks from their homes. In cases like this, having extra blankets on hand to help keep others warm and comfortable can go a long way in helping them recover from a disaster. Blankets are comforts to a lot of people and even having one that isn’t theirs can help soothe the soul in what might otherwise be a very dire situation. If you were looking to keep a few on hand just for this purpose, you could do up a few bags that included some snacks, bottled water, socks, a blanket and other things that someone in an emergency might need.
Because Fido needs a bed too – Pet beds can be an expensive purchase, but a few extra blankets folded up nicely and put inside of a pillow case accomplishes the same thing for a lot less. Keep extra blankets on hand for when you need to help your pets stay a bit warmer than normal but don’t want to drop the cost on an expensive item. Just make sure that the pillow case sits flat when you’re done and Fido or Fluffy won’t care whether it cost you $3.00 to make or $50 to buy.
Because they’re great for bartering – I absolutely love to barter. It’s like this huge game to me to find things that I need for things that I already own but no longer need. Blankets or quilts that are in good shape can be a great bartering item! Not only can they be held in emergency preps for bartering, but they can also be bartered around back to school time (for college kids just starting out), or right as the weather turns cold.
The entire point of this post is this; no matter what your reasons, it makes sense to have extra blankets on hand. Like I said in the beginning of the post, the reasons are numerous but I didn’t want to end up writing a book for you. Figure out your reason for storing them, make sure they’re stored correctly and then work on getting yours built up. You can usually find them in good shape at thrift stores, Harbor Freight is great for the thicker moving blankets and yard sales are usually a great place to score them too!