After my post about voluntary simplicity yesterday, I was feeling inspired, especially by the comments and mails I received, so I wrote this post. I hope you will like it!
Yep, you know that, tough times are coming, and some people think it could be very bad very soon.
How do you think your life would be affected? What could you do to minimize this effect?
Do you believe in a “back to basics” living?
Are you prepared for it?!
Well, today I will give you some advice about how to prepare yourself and your family to keep or even improve your quality of life through tough times!
- Be as self sufficient as you can.
- This can be achieved by building a full pantry, especially basics like flour, oil, cereals, water, sugar, honey, and lots of canned vegetables and fruits. Dry milk can be useful too.
- You can also fill up your freezer with some basics like butter, meat, and homemade prepared meals, etc…
- If you have a garden, plant food! Fruit trees, veggies, etc…
- If you have some place and are allowed to do it, take some chickens, you will have fresh eggs each morning and maybe some day you could even sell them to those neighbors who didn’t read this post!
- Find a farm near by (if possible) to buy your milk, it can always be useful to know people who grows cows.
- Begin right now to live without the comfort. For example, avoid the dryer when you can use the sun and wind to do the job; knead your dough by hand vs processor/mixer; broom when you can vs always use the vacuum; wash the dishes by hand half of the time vs always use the dishwasher; and so on…
- Learn some homemaking basics like canning, bread making, cooking, organizing etc…
- Learn to entertain yourself and your family for free. It is very important! If you can’t get rid of your TV, then try to leave it off at least one day a week, and plan a “family night” with games, conversation, music, whatever you are up to!
- Try to exercise, maybe some day you will not be able to get your car to go somewhere, you will need to walk; or maybe you will have to do the laundry by hand,etc… So, better get prepared by doing some exercising, walking, and other outdoors activities.
- I can’t sew nor knit, but that’s something I definitely have to learn! And buy some fabric and materials to do whatever I may need some day.
- There is a huge amount of resources and info on the web, but maybe you will not be able to consult them when you will need them the most. My advice is to print all the interesting stuff and build a nice notebook that may be lifesaving some day!
- Build a nice, complete first aid kit, and some basic medicine/remedies. You never know!
- Limit the products you need for your personal and house hygiene/beauty. Prefer one soap/shower gel that fits all the family needs better than one specific for each person, the same with shampoo, moisturizer, etc… In your home, buy or do yourself one multipurpose cleaner, that could be used to clean floors, counter tops, kitchen, bathroom, and even laundry! Replace your softener by white vinegar and essential oil, and, of course, avoid disposable wipes and other “swiffer” stuff; prefer the old fashioned way: soap, warm water, and some exercise!
- Enjoy the simple treasures of life! Be happy and positive with all what you already have, smile, and transmit your joy to your family.
- Trust the Lord to provide for your needs.
Don’t panic! As always, you can do it little by little, with baby steps, and soon you will be able to survive this nasty economy, and even kinda like it!!
For more info, I encourage you to “google” simple living, homesteading, homemaking, and voluntary simplicity. You will be blessed by all the interesting stuff around there to learn from!
If you have more tips to prepare for the worst scenario, or simply become frugal, leave your comment!