Our journey to live more simply is beginning to manifest itself in a bundle of small (exciting) ways in this happy home. Little deliberate changes to our routines and lifestyle. Some we are finding more challenging than others and some seem so logical we wonder why it has taken us so long to make the transition.
On the very top of the list right now is the way we shop, eat and plan our meals each week.
We’ve moved from weekly shops to fortnight in the hope of (slowly) eliminating the supermarket from our lives as much as we can. The man and I have set each other the challenge to steer clear of the supermarket other than our once a fortnight shop. (We’ve gone as far as stalking each others bank transactions to see who caves first. Fiercely competitive we are!)
This has meant that we have had to be diligent about our two-week menu plan and the necessary ingredients. It has also meant that by the Monday of the final fortnight we need to be super creative with our non essentials and essentials. Our non shopping challenge took itself to a whole new level last week when I found myself making my own soap. I’m learning to stockpile items we use a lot of. (I have a crazy mountain of toilet roles in the laundry right now)
We are cooking all our meals from scratch and using a stack of ingredients grown from our own garden or from the gardens of family and friends. I’m dreaming of expanding our vegetable garden and mapping out ways to make better use of our small block of land.
The other change we’ve made is buying our weekly produce from local growers. This has been the most exciting change so far. Thankfully there is a fabulous local farmers market that sells organic fresh produce. Here we wander through and select our fruit and vegetables for the week. The girls have spent the past few weeks, bucket in hand, picking their own berries and for the first time developing a real understanding of where our food comes from.
I’ve also discovered that simple living is well, not so simple. So much of it is more time-consuming, requires a stack of planning and a lot of creativity. I know it’s still early days here and that these changes may seem minimal to some but there is something about this early shift that seems to fit this happy home of ours. We are loving the journey, the rhythm and the change in our thinking.
Anyone else on a similar journey? Care to share some hints and tips?
Home 375: Local – Tuckerberry Farm