As winter races toward us, I realize what a difference a more self-sustainable life makes in my preparations for being snowed in or flooded in, for losing power, or for whatever else this latest season has in store. I don’t need as many things. I can do more, and make more, with less. With just a few basics like flour, sugar, lard, oil, for example, I can make pies, cookies, breads, and soap–and about a thousand other things. I don’t need to stock pile huge boxes of laundry detergent. I don’t have to fill up an entire freezer shelf with loaves of bread. I don’t need bulky frozen pie crusts or big packages of store-bought cookies. It’s all in that big bag of flour and that big canister of sugar, etc. Fewer things to stock up–and it actually means more options. (Amazing.) With a cow, I have milk, butter, cheese, and cream. I don’t have to fill up another freezer shelf with gallon jugs of milk and pounds of butter. (Beulah Petunia even stocks it all for me!) The less I need to buy from the store, the less it matters if I can’t go, and the less space it all takes up in my house even as I continue to clear out, throw out, and give out the clutter that also gets in the way of doing more with the fewer things that are truly special, like my grandmother’s dishes.
I love having less. It’s freeing, and learning how to do more with less is empowering. My biggest achievement this year was learning to make soap. (Second biggest was last winter’s conquering of the wood stove.) I’m also continuing to learn how to make more and better cheeses so I can fill our needs there completely. (I’m not there yet, so that’s a big goal for me right now.) You? What steps have you taken this year to do more with less? And what do you want to do next?
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