Last year some time, when I was putting together my very first homemaking binder (yes! I’m that kind of homemaker!), I also put together a running list of projects I wanted to accomplish . . . eventually.
It was a no-pressure list; I just wanted a central place to keep track of all the bigger projects I wanted to get done at some point. They were all projects that excited me. My main motivation for getting them done was simply my enthusiasm for the task.
It ended up being a really great practice for me, and I was amazed to discover that in less than a year, I’d managed to cross off most of the items. I’d done that without ever being stern with myself or scheduling them into my calendar.
Unfortunately, I tossed the list once most of the items were crossed off and started a new one (transferring the few remaining unfinished items) so I can’t share them with you. They involved various crafts, steps in making our home greener, home organization projects, etc. (One of them, however, was “Get Becoming Peculiar started.” Cha-ching! Got it!)
I thought I’d share my new list with you, just for fun. Many of these projects, I hope to share with you as I finish them, and review their outcomes.
As with my last list, I plan to add items as I think of them. No pressure to complete them within a particular time frame — just as time and energy allow. And if I don’t complete them by the end of the year, I’ll just put them on my next year’s list.
(You’ll notice there’s a heavy emphasis on sustainability, self-sufficiency, and emergency-preparedeness. Thank-you, Sharon Astyk!).
Kathleen’s 2013-ish Projects
- create a natural remedies kit — illness and injury
- create three emergency kits: one for minor emergencies, one for more serious ones, and one for the car
- learn first aid / take a CPR class
- start a vermicompost
- make cloth (menstrual) pads (and start using them)
- switch to cloth “toilet paper”
- do a for-real budget and start implementing it
- make my own liquid hand soap
- eliminate plastic wrap from kitchen; replace with homemade beeswax cotton wraps
- start food storage projects (from Independence Days)
- find out where to get wheat berries, oats, and beans in bulk (locally)
- create a root cellar/cold storage
- store water
(Sorry my secondary bullets are formatted so weirdly… I can’t seem to change it…).
What do you think? Do they sound crazy? Have you tried any of these things? Do you have a similar kind of list? What’s on it?
Photo courtesy of Cathdew.