Storm Prep

I have this weird thing before storms like hurricanes or snow, basically any time we might be stuck in the house, that I want to start out with the house (relatively) clean. I don’t want to be in here with no air conditioning, smelling our funky bathrooms. Also, I make sure I’ve washed basically everything we own.

Here is my room-by-room checklist:

Living Room

  • Tidy up
  • Vacuum and mop floors
  • Wash the sheet on the cat’s chair
  • Wash cat beds
  • Organize games, books, coloring books, markers, crafts for kids
  • Wash rugs


  • Tidy up
  • Clean counters
  • Mop floor
  • Fill any containers with water
  • Make as much ice as possible
  • Clean the sink
  • Throw out any foods that will go bad in the fridge
  • Clean all dishes
  • Disinfect garbage disposal
  • Cook anything you can ahead of time – breads, cookies, etc. that are okay without refrigeration
  • Check food supplies


  • Tidy up
  • Clean counters
  • Clean sink
  • Clean toilets
  • Clean bathtub
  • Prep bathroom in case of tornado
  • Fill tub with water (some also fill up washing machine)
  • Clean floors

Dining Room

  • Tidy up
  • Clean floors
  • Organize supplies


  • Tidy up floor
  • Vacuum
  • Wash bedding


  • Secure chairs and another other loose items
  • Tie down porch swing
  • Secure gates
  • If time allows, clean gutters
  • Make sure drains are cleared

Other Random Chores

  • Charge batteries, kindles, iPad, phones, cell phone battery pack and all other electronics
  • Empty trash
  • Do a photo inventory
  • Vacuum with baking soda
  • Get gas for car (and generator, if you have one)
  • Get cash
  • Do all possible laundry
  • Sign up for weather alerts and city alerts
  • Find fun things for kids to do that don’t require electricity – board games, card games, books, coloring, crafts, etc. to pass the time

Please let me know if I’ve forgotten anything so I can add it to the list!