Live simply, meaning what exactly? Do homesteaders truly live the simple life or is it all a facade. Let’s find out.
Homesteading, which has a different meaning today than it did 100 years ago, is well known as simple living. There is this huge movement happening. People want to live simply by moving out into the country, growing their own food, and raising chickens.
Live Simply, Meaning What Exactly?
Let’s rewind a bit and look at what it actually means to live simply. To live simply, you are prioritizing less. Not every little thing that comes your way needs to be at the top of your to-do list. All that does is cause stress. It all comes down to figuring out your priorities. Truly, it is that simple. Figure out what your real priorities and cut the rest. You don’t need to homestead to live simply. Actually, you might want to keep reading if you think homesteading will have you living the simple life.
Do Homesteaders Really Live Simply?
In a single week, you can find me doing a billion different things. Especially in the spring and fall months. I am constantly moving around doing something. Then, when I get a moment to pop onto instagram, I see all these people talking about TV shows I have never seen or restaurants that I don’t sit in.
When we compare apples to apples, then no, I don’t believe that homesteaders really live simply.
Homesteading sounds romantic. However, honestly, if you are looking to live simply, I’m not sure that homesteading is your answer. Homesteading is tough work. Both mentally and physically. Animals will get out the second you think you can sit down. Chickens will start eating their own eggs before you get a chance to get them. Some weird plant disease will show up in the garden.
In reality, people consider homestead life to be a simple life because we do things that folks use to do before phones and computers took all of our focus. Cooking from scratch, growing our own food, raising our own meat, preserving the food, and so much more.
But, if I’m being honest, there have been times in my journey (more than I would like to admit) where I have wanted to throw in the towel and move back into town and enjoy a drive-thru every night while sitting in front of the TV.
Homesteading takes a lot of work. It is by no means simple. However, it is empowering, fulfilling, satisfying, and totally worth it all.
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How Can I Live Simply
Live simply, meaning here are some things you can start practicing now.
Enjoy the sunrise and sunset
Do you take a minute every sunrise and sunset to take in the majestic beauty that is painted in the sky? If not, that needs to be moved to the top of your priority list yesterday. Try it. For one week at least, enjoy the sun coming up and going down. It is something I will never take for granted.
Bake some homemade bread
Hang your clothes to dry
The smell of line-dried clothes is much better than the smell of dryer. You might not have room for a long clothes line where you live, but they do make smaller clotheslines.
Live Simply, Meaning Live Slow
In the world where fast food, quick conversations, and skipping commercials is the norm, you can choose to live simply by living slow.
Make a conscience effort to live slow by cooking real food that takes all day long to cook. Have an hour long conversation with a stranger because you have no plans. Turn off the TV and sit on the porch. Let your children run outside instead of putting them in extra activities.