After last night’s conversation with Jamie (hubby), and my renewed and finally supported dream of becoming self-sustainable off-grid homesteaders, I’ve been able to think of very little else all day. I’ve just finished reading all of the blog entries on the “About” page of Pure Living for Life’s blog page, and although I realize it’s not going to happen overnight and will take vast amounts of blood, sweat, and probably tears, I’m even more determined that we can do this!
After reading many homesteading blogs and articles, I’ve noticed a trend that many people go into this adventure with very little knowledge and relatively no experience when it comes to actually building things. Here is where I have an up! Jamie is a contractor by trade, and just recently opened a brand new custom renovations company (which I’m hoping will help ease the financial burdens a little!), and knows all of the ins and outs of pretty much every aspect of construction. The LEAST of my worries is having a well-built, solid home when all is said and done. That doesn’t mean, however, that there are no concerns. It’s all a little bit overwhelming, although quite exciting at the same time. Reading about building laws, wells, septic, climate…so much to take into consideration! But since we haven’t really started yet, other than a simple conversation, I still have plenty of time to stress over all of those details. So I’m taking them on one at a time.
My plan, I’ve decided, is not only to start saving now, but also start learning and preparing now. Our goal is to make the leap when our daughter has completed her post-secondary education. She’s now in her 3rd year of high school, so we have a few years to get ready. The blog post that really caught my attention tonight was the one about changing our way of life…we all seem to want the latest and greatest, and more of it. And what I read tonight coincides perfectly with a decision I’d made myself not too long ago about decluttering our lives. When we stop and think about it, we have so many “things” in our homes that we don’t ever need or use…so why do we keep them? They’re dust-catchers at best.
So this has now solidified my plan to completely declutter our home…and why wait until it’s time to go when I could get started right now? From simple things like consolidating my dozens of cook books into one, to larger and more daunting tasks like attacking our “junk room” (Yes…most people have a junk drawer…I have a junk room. Sad. I know.) This could take some time, but Rome wasn’t built in a day, and we’re not moving tomorrow! But if I start now, and start implementing minimalist living into our lives right away, then it won’t be such a stretch or adjustment when the big day comes around! What I’m NOT going to do however; because I just don’t have it in me; is go drastic. I see so many articles and images on the internet regarding minimalist living, and the rooms look so stark, cold, and void. I need warmth. I need comfort. And I need my “Country” look, which inevitably includes trinkets. I promise not to overdo it…but my giant red ceramic rooster is staying!!! ….now… to get started on those cook books!