For those who would like to really get into the whole idea of homesteading and want to leave all the hassles of the modern world behind, there are so many other things that you will be able to work on all by yourself. From the clothing that you wear to the beauty supplies that you start making and even your furniture and cleaning supplies, you are going to love how much fun it is to dive right into these projects. They can even be fun to do if you’re just starting out with homesteading and want to build up your confidence!
Making Your Own Clothes
The first thing that you can consider doing to get started on homesteading is to make your own clothes. All of us know how expensive it can be when it comes to purchasing clothes for the whole family. Even if you aren’t sticking to the name brands, you could easily spend a couple hundred dollars to fashion out each of your kids for school and often they won’t wear all of the clothes because they grow too fast. Doesn’t this seem like a lot of money that you could put elsewhere rather than on buying clothes each month?
Luckily, there are a lot of options that you can take. Some people who may not be as much into the arts and crafts, or don’t have the time to do it like they want, may choose to go to thrift stores and purchase their clothes. These are often cheaper, helps to reduce a lot of the waste that has happened in our society, and helps you to get away from those big department stores.
Now, if you want to be really into the whole idea of homesteading, you will need to make your own clothes. And for this to happen, you need to understand that the size of your wardrobe is going to go way down. You are not going to have time to make twenty pairs of jeans for each kid and fifty shirts, especially considering how fast they will grow and how much this can add up to over a year. Get used to the idea that your kids may have to re-wear their clothes when you are homesteading and stick with the basic amount that is needed. You can always clean the clothes so they look nice and fresh.
There are many great outlines that you can use to help make a dress or paints or a shirt. Find a pattern that you like the best and then just change the sizes to fit everyone in the family. You may have to do some measuring and the first few articles of clothing may look a little bit silly, but overall this can be a fun experience that saves you money and helps you reach the homesteading idea faster.
Making Your Own Beauty Supplies
Next on the list is to make some of your own beauty supplies. Makeup, facial cleansers, bath soaps, perfumes, and more can quickly get expensive. When it comes to some of the best smells that are allergen free or promoted by your favorite celebrity, you are going to spend way over your budget to look and smell nice. Many people have chosen to completely drop the products to save time and money. But if you are one of those people who like having these products in their lives, you don’t have to give them up if you choose to go homesteading.
Making your own beauty supplies can actually be a lot of fun and will utilize all natural ingredients rather than those that are manufactured in a plant and could be unsafe in your home. You will love that there are endless varieties when it comes to making your own supplies and the cost is way lower than what the top brands will offer to you. If you have oily hair, dry skin, like a certain color of eyeshadow, or have any other preferences when it comes to your beauty look, you will be able to just make them all up and get a great look for a fraction of the price.
There are many recipes that you can find online or through books for the various beauty products that you want to make. Choose a few and get the ingredients, some of which, like the herbs, you can grow in your own garden. You are going to love the variety as well as how easy it is to make some of these products and you may never go back to store bought beauty products again.
Making Your Own Cleaning Supplies
Even when you live on a homestead, you will still need to keep your home clean. Whether your little homestead is in a tiny apartment, a regular home in the suburbs, or out on an acreage where you are taking the homesteading experience to a whole new level, you will find that all of these areas need to be cleaned at some point. From the dishes, to the toilet, to the floors, and everywhere that can get messy in a home, especially with the kids, you will need to find the right cleaning products for your needs.
There are many options to choose from when it comes to picking out cleaning products from the store, but have you ever taken the time to look at the ingredients that are on them? Most of these ingredients are hard to pronounce and the ones that you will recognize are so harmful to the body that it is amazing that you are still using them. Plus, since you have to get these at the store, they are taking away a bit from your self-sufficiency.
You can choose to make any and all of these products at home and many of them will need just a few ingredients to complete. While your regular cleaner at the grocery store may have twenty or more ingredients, you can make window washer cleaner with just vinegar and water. Many of the other recipes that you choose to use in your home may include just three or four ingredients to help disinfect the area and help it to smell good. These can be so much safer in your home and around your kids while still providing all the cleaning power that you need to make the home look amazing.
Building Your Own Furniture and Other Products
Another thing that you can do to help become a homesteader and increase your level of self-sufficiency is to learn how to make your own furniture. Even if you’ve never had experience with doing woodworking before, now is the perfect time to get started and you can always start off a little small and then build up to something big. For example, you could start out with a little end table and then move up to making a few chairs before creating your very own dining room table.
This can be a fun way to enjoy homesteading, but you may have to start out slowly if you’ve never done this kind of woodworking before. It takes a bit of patience, but it can be amazing to go into your home and seeing that you were able to create all of the furniture, as well as any other items that you need, and for a much better price than you would be able to get from any furniture store.
Of course, you can start out slowly and bring some of your old home items with you. It is not likely that you will be able to make all of the items that your home needs right out the door and you don’t want to wait years for a bed while you try to learn the whole process. But as things start to break in your home or you would like an update, learn how to handle the updates yourself and things an be so much better!
There are many great books that you can read through to learn how to make some of these products all on your own. Learn how to make furniture with woodworking, some of your own plates with some ceramic or clay, or any other product that you could use. It may take you some time to learn how to do all of this stuff, but you are going to have a big sense of pride when you finally figure it all out!
Learning how to make your own household products can be a great experience. To be completely a part of the homesteading lifestyle, you need to learn how to be self-sufficient from anyone else, except perhaps a few neighbors who help you out and you help them when needed. This means no more grocery stores, department stores, or any other places where you can pick up the good premade and take them home. Of course, there are variations on this that you can follow and any sort of self-sufficiency, even if it is just starting your own garden in your backyard can be considered a part of the homesteading movement, but if you want to go all out for this movement, you will certainly need to learn how to make everything yourself.
While some of this can seem daunting at first, remember that you are able to take it a step at a time. Perhaps just start with a small garden and build up to raising some animals and then making your own household items. There are no right or wrong ways of doing the homestead movement as long as you learn to enjoy the lifestyle and decrease your dependence on consumer goods. Have fun during the process, learn something new, and enjoy life, and you are following this movement properly.