Ever feel like you just want to get rid of everything and start over?
So this week that’s exactly what I’m doing.
Purging the homestead. With new items and furniture coming from moms, the hubs and I are finally ditching the shabby furnishings we’ve had since before we started dating.
When we began this homseteading journey we wanted nothing more than a return to simplicity. To go back to basics. Cut out the stuff we really just don’t need.
It feels great.
Anybody need a couch, an entertainment center, dishes, DVD players…? They’re yours.
I even have an old N64 that wants to find a new forever home.
And y’all know how much I love to barter, you got something I want for something I got? Head on over. Let’s barter baby.
We just don’t use these things or we just have too many. Or I’m just plum over it.
I used to be the one who held onto things for just in case scenarios…
But that’s not the homestead way, that’s not even the way of simplicity. And once I had children that became ever more apparent.
We do not need any more clutter.
The chitlins are clutter-full enough for all of us. And I purge their room on the regular as it is.
I feel rejuvenated, maybe it just feels great to throw/ donate things away.
If you’re interested in purging your home or even the whole homestead here’s a few things to keep in mind. Before you haul a load to the good will or straight to the dump. Think first.
1. When was the last time you used the item?
Chances are if you can’t even remember the last time you used it, then you won’t miss it. Let it go…
2. Can you repurpose something instead of throwing it away or donating it?
We reused cardboard to cover future garden beds to smother grass. Free.
3. If you can use it, do you know someone else who could?
We’ve received countless useful homestead tools and items from friends purging for a move. We’ve also rehomed useful tools and farm animals if either we don’t need them, or we see a friend who really does
4. Can you sell items to reinvest capital back into the homestead?
We’ve sold scrap metal and steel we’ve found on our property and reinvested it back into our meat animal feed budget. We also sell eggs for our small property savings fund.
5. Can you barter with any of these items?
Trade! Hey I need some manual labor help, will you take a chainsaw or a power drill? And yes sometimes we have multiple that we use to barter with.
6. Could I turn this problem (clutter) item into a solution?
We have a tiny kitchen space. By downsizing our kitchen and dining wares, we have significantly more space in the kitchen. Who needs 2 or 3 of everything anyway?
7. Does it bring you joy?
This one is easy… If it doesn’t bring you joy on the daily, then you probably don’t need it.
Spring cleaning. And I can breath again!
What can you purge in your life?
Peace and Love