Monday, March 02, 2015

Simplicity Goals

~ To become 100% debt free within the next 10 years and remain that way.

~ Get back to basics and live a simple life.

~ Learn to crochet.

~ Create a home that my family and friends love to spend time in.

~ Become a skilled gardener and preserve the excess.

~ Have solar panels and a water tank installed in the future to reduce our dependency on local utilities.

~ Create a stockpile of food, hygiene items, medical supplies and paper products in case of emergency or economic collapse.

~ Learn how to shoot a gun and hit my target.

~ Make handmade gifts.

~ Shop secondhand as much as possible. 

~ Cook and bake from scratch.

~ Make my own home cleaners.

~ Learn basic survival skills (build a fire, first aid, etc.).

~ Become physically and mentally fit.

These goals are for the purpose of reducing our outgo so we can become debt-free, build up savings, and become more self-reliant in case of natural disaster, terrorist threat, economic collapse, extended unemployment or if Alfred were to become disabled, God forbid.

The world as we know it is becoming more unstable. Crime is increasing along with the rising costs of living. I believe it is better to be prepared rather than counting on the government to be your saving grace (Hurricane Katrina anyone?). 

That doesn't mean I'll be recklessly buying survival essentials in a panic. Instead, I will consciously plan and purchase items as finances allow and in an organized fashion.

I don't think it's possible to be over prepared. I feel it's always better to be safe than sorry.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on being prepared and going back to basics.


Patricia @ Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I am always looking for ways to do this.
Right now, I confess to having 'back burner' issues when it comes to self-reliant and preparedness. Seeing your list only reminds me-- they call it an EMERGENCY FOR A REASON. Having a plan offers peace of mind too.
The biggest and best part of a plan is education-- You have lots of things listed. Making a fire, first aid, growing food... all important. Also, as far as food goes, I would recommend becoming familiar with edible plants in your area that we usually pass by and don't regard as food. It's information worth having.
Last tip - regarding information.
KEEP A NOTEBOOK! When you learn a skill-- take notes, write the steps down-- narrate them back to yourself for concrete learning. Why note books? (i know you try to minimize clutter like me) But-- the internet most likely won't be there in a true emergency-- having notes in your own handwriting with pages cute and pasted in... diagrams, instructions, or lists of ingredients-- Will prove MOST VALUABLE.
I like this list girl! You never fail to PUSH ME to do better.

Scrappy quilter said...

I like this list too. And I totally agree the world is going crazy. Always better to be prepared.

author said...

I love your lists! You are a good motivator! I have a household notebook where I keep copies of all of our utility bills, important documents (SS cards, drivers licenses, deeds, marriage license, mortgage info., banking info, lists of websites and passwords, etc.) If something were to happen and we had to leave our house in a hurry, I would grab that notebook. We also do have a pantry and try to stock up as much as possible given our small food budget. We have an oil lamp, generator, and have recently moved to the country so now have chickens. We have felt so unsettled with what is going on in this country and in the world. I think more people should concentrate on these issues than on decorating their homes and buying clothes.

Mrs. B, a very peculiar person said...

Hi Tracy,

Great list.
Knowledge is empowering.
Knowledge brings a since of security.
Knowledge builds confidence.
Knowledge allows generosity to flow.

Blessings to you and yours,

Mrs. Miano said...

I'd love to hear your thoughts on minimalism and prepping. I belong to a minimalist facebook group and a few months back we had this very thread going strong! We all basically came to the conclusion that you CAN be a minimalist prepper...but that really the hearts of the two are very different. A regular prepper seems to be focused on keeping their current lifestyle and "how MUCH" to I need to survive..where as we discovered a minimalist prepper is more concerned with "how LITTLE" will it take to survive. A good example I remember was standard prepper wants candles, matches, oil lamps wicks, oil, flashlights, batteries... and a LOT of them to make it contrast to a minimalist prepper will simply adapt and not need much of any of those items and live with the natural light of the sun. Same kinda with food- standard prepping is thousands of items for many years....minimalist preppers seem to go for very basics stocking- think like pioneers- beans rice flour lard sugar coffee chickens for eggs...ect...and make many items from the few basics. It will be fun to see where you land on this blog!!!

Mrs. B, a very peculiar person said...

Hi Tracy,

I think Mrs. Miano brings up a valid point in her comment.

I know from growing up on the Gulf Coast that during a crisis, especially a natural disaster but may also include long-term job loss, illness, etc., it is unrealistic to expect one's "current standard of living" to be sustainable. I believe this unrealistic expectation is a motivator that drives some individuals to hoarding and/or some to criminal and unethical behaviors during such crises.

My family's "prepping" is a lifestyle. We seasonally hunt and fish wild game. Each summer we use heirloom seeds to grow and preserve a year's worth of herbs and garden produce. We've planted and are growing a small fruit orchard. We raise chickens, rabbits and goats; all of which are foragers. I purchase a year's supply of flour, yeast, baking powder, baking soda, oats, sugar, salt, oil/lard, rice and legumes in bulk when deeply discounted.

Because we attempt to live a sustainable lifestyle, our family's primary prepping concern is heat. Living on the Montana prairie (sometimes it is -30 below), we realize that heat and a means to keep water thawed are imperative. Thus, an independent heat source, such as a wood burning fireplace or heat stove, is a must. However, without a tree lot they are useless. Fortunately, we are blessed to have a 4 acre tree lot on our property and bison and cattle ranchers for neighbors (dried bison and cattle dung, although very smelly, are good heat sources).

I know many folks look at us and think, "Yeah, well they have acreage so it is easier for them to pursue a sustainable lifestyle." However, for more than 20 years we lived in suburban America on a 1/4 acre lot. With resources like "Edible Landscaping" and "Square Foot Gardening" we grew a huge supply of herbs and produce in a small space. We also kept rabbits and chickens in our backyard. Rabbits are so quiet, no one knew we had them. As far as the chickens were concerned, many suburban communities will allow a small flock - most people fail to inquire.

I admire and support your family's "prepping" goals. I encourage y'all will pursue your prepping goals through sustainability which will allow you to balance prepping and your journey toward a minimalist lifestyle.

Blessings to you and yours,

Annabel Smith said...

Tracy we are felling very much the same way. This year I am working hard on my pantry and supplies. Also emergency fund.
I have never known so many people to feel they need to be doing this.
It is good to act on it I think.
Annabel from Bluebirds.xx