Friday has surprised me. I honestly had no idea it was this late in the week! Do days ever sneaky, sneak on you? Change is in the air here at Sage Manor with the possibility of a move. I am not in “panic mode” yet, and am trying to hang on and not even go there…..I do believe if this door is open, God will bless someone with our lovely home so I am not without my Sweetie for too long! Belief!!
With that, we have been advanced Spring Cleaning here! Everything is being looked at, which reminds me of things that us Mamas do in order to save, and to stretch what we already have. So here are 50 things that is saving us, our sanity, and hopefully our carbon footprint!
1. Know what you have.
2. Look at your money in the bank, daily.
3. If you no longer love it, don’t like to dust it, bless it to someone else! It doesn’t matter WHO gave it to you!
4. Buy in bulk if you can. One little step a week to build up your pantry.
5. Use the library. Use the “inter-library” option too. Don’t willingly give full price for a book. Barter, borrow and beg for a book if you have to!
6. Make sure the freezer is full! Put in empty milk gallons filled with water (smart!) to fill up the room so the freezer doesn’t have to work as hard.
7. Use insulted curtains (mine are fleece blankets, it’s still winter here!) in the kitchen (or anywhere) to keep it warm.
8. Keep food items off the counters…uninvited buggies and kitties are notorious for snitching in the middle of the night!
9. I keep rugs down in the winter for warm toes. Which helps with the heating bill too.
10. Eat by candlelight.
11. Learn to make good homemade family bread…without electricity (my beloved Bosch!!), mixing that is.
12. Or if you are lucky enough to have a wood stove, learn to use it for your cooking too!
13. Grow herbs in the summer to have on hand in the winter, just in case.
14. Have a good herbal book in the home that tells you what to do!
15. Know how to make simple homemade cleaners…..try it for a month, you may get hooked!
16. Know the importance of NOT using anti-bacterial everything!
17. Keep your important papers (birth cert., ss cards, passports, titles) in a Non-burnable “safe” somewhere close so you can grab it.
18. Know where your important financial papers are. Can you make a copy and put those in the box too? How about pass words?…Account numbers?
19. Have a goal with your pantry. Have one day of food on hand, then a week, then a month, then 3 months, then 6, 9, and a years worth. Believe me, there is some sort of security knowing that you won’t be stressed out because of a lack of food.
20. Only put in your pantry things that your family will eat.
21. Rotate that food, use it and replace.
22. Make an apron.
23. Wear it.
24. Learn to knit, crochet, sew a button, etc….these are skills that we are losing and must be broght back.
25. Have a outside laundry line if you can. If not, have a makeshift one in the basement or somewhere else.
26. Use that too!
27. Find fun things that your family like to do that doesn’t cost money (games, listening to a story on tape, hiking, looking at photos)
28. Our domestic, inside pets will not die from eating good human food (chicken in broth, kale, tuna, apples!) In fact they like it. Worst case senerio, you can continue to feed them too.
29. Buy a couple of chickens. Add safety, feed, fresh water & sunshine.
30. Eat organic eggs!
31. Have a “product” or “book” or “clothing” exchange with your girlfriends. And chocolate and coffee and you have an Eco-Party!! woohoo!!
32. Know your neighbors.
33. Love them, and do things for them. They will do the same.
34. Change your heat filter, once a month in the winter. Your nose and heating bill will thank you!
35. Buy local. Know a honey source, know a milk source, know a beef source. Add these people into your life and bless each other.
36. Wear used / recycled clothing. It doesn’t kill a soul!
37. Plant trees. Fruit trees…..pines, anything!! Just plant!
38. Pick up the trash in your yard. Need I say more?
39. Use good oil if you can. I know it’s a luxury, but the health benefits are well worth the couple of extra dollars and a doctor visit.
40. If you can’t pronounce what the ingrediants are: DON”T EAT IT!
41. Same for the stuff that we put on our skin.
42. Paint, colour, sew, create. Let your kids in on that to, or someone else’s kids…….teach them what you know. It’s so important.
43. Worship. How ever you want and be grateful for all you have.
44. Dust & clean so you don’t have to take allergy meds! (reminder to ME!!)
45. Let your kids get dirty instead of buying the newest gadget on the market.
46. Know where you are spending your money. Do you like that company? Are they ethical in their treatment of people? (will post my Anti-Walmarts article soon!!)
47. Recycle. Try.
48. Use cloth napkins or those crazy Shamwows on everything!
49. Know who you are.
50. Love all and yourself. Never give up on your dreams!
Little things add up. Know matter where you are in the frugal/ eco-friendly/ homesteading lifestyle don’t give up. Those things make a difference, save money, encourage others and strenthen your own skills if you are placed in a difficult situation (like a lay-off). More fab ideas…check out Jessica at LifeasMom
Be blessed this weekend!!