You bought your land, packed up your family, moved to your new homestead and dove in head first. For weeks, maybe even months, you’ve been working your tail off to create your homesteading dream. You’re overwhelmed, exhausted, and it seems day by day your hair is getting a little more of those wisdom highlights your mama warned you about!
Yeah, that’s been the story of my life the last few months and if your reading this, it’s probably your life right now too. Homesteadin’ ain’t easy, and us Homesteadin’ Mamas have our plates over-flowing.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been working to try to make things just a bit more simple. Hey! Let’s face it, nothing about this homesteadin’ life is really simple, but we can do a few things to make it a little less overwhelming.
7 Hacks For Homesteadin’ Mamas
Hands down, the biggest mistake I made when moving to the homestead, was to put all the unpacking and organizing off. It’s real easy to get caught up in all the remodeling work and homestead cleanup, but at the end of the day, you need to know where everything is. We went a good three weeks of digging through boxes for what we needed and then not having a place to put the stuff yet. Trust me, all that is going to do is create a lot of frustration in an already chaotic situation. It’ll be much easier on you and your whole family if you take the time to give all your belongings it’s own special place in your home. Now that we’ve taken the time to organize our home, it’s so much easier to just reach into the cabinet for what we need, instead of digging through a box and then having to search for that same item later on an already messy counter top. Amy Fewell from The Fewell Homestead and Tangi Wheet from The Caver’s Wife , both have an amazing Homestead Homemaking Group on Facebook that has helped me a lot in this area!
Personal note about the Homestead Homemaking Group:
*I’ve been on social media right from the start and I have to say that I have never found a group more welcoming and inviting than this group. All of the women in Homestead Homemaking, are so helpful and encouraging. We all pray for each other and help one in another with whatever difficulty we are having at the time with our homestead. These women understand that managing it all is extremely difficult and they are all there to support us along the way.*
Find a routine that works for you
I could go through Country Acres routine with you, but it wouldn’t really do you any good. All of us have different responsibilities and family sizes, so what works for us, just might not work for you. I used to be a strict, right down to the minute, schedule kind of gal, but those days are in the past. Now, we go for routine. What do we do first, next and then before bed. By having a routine, it doesn’t matter if we sleep a little late, we know what gets done first and we go from there. We work our routine all around our wake up times and meals. Everything else just falls into place around those two areas of our lives.
Let me tell ya, this part, I struggle a lot with. There is nothing that frustrates me more than to carefully plan out my day and then to have something throw a monkey wrench into that plan and mess it all up! But, being all about carefully laid out plans just isn’t realistic on the homestead. There are going to be days when nothing goes the way you want it to and your going to have to switch things up.
Take care of you
It’s true, ya know? If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else. Us mama’s tend to put a lot on ourselves, and before we know it, we’re overloaded with so much work and responsibility we don’t know what to do first. Sleep is and always has been an issue for me. If I don’t get enough sleep, I get cranky, run down, exhausted and eventually my immune system takes a hit. Don’t be like me. Make sure you are sleeping enough, and eating right. Most importantly though, make sure you are doing something for yourself. If the spa is your thing, make some time to go. We are working on making all our own natural beauty products, so us girlies here on the homestead can have a spa day here at home! Drink a glass of wine, have that ice cream cone, paint your toenails! Just take the time to make you feel important to you! You will not regret it 🙂
Take it slow
Boy! Oh! Boy! When we first got to the homestead, we tried starting every project that needed to be done at once. All we ended up with was a whole bunch of frustration and unfinished projects. I tried prioritizing, but I was so overwhelmed by the amount of work we had to do, everything felt like a priority. We took a few days and did nothing. Absolutely, nothing! But, those few days gave us a chance to sit back and look at all the work, all the unfinished projects and decide what really needed to be done. Right. Now. Trust me on this, if you try to do too much at once, you will get overwhelmed and eventually you’ll get burnt out. I’m really happy Homesteader Husband and I realized what we were doing before we let ourselves get too over-worked.
Make some friends
Homesteading can get a little lonely. You get tied up in all the work, that sometimes we forget that we are just social creatures who enjoy the company of others. I’m surrounded by 7 of the most amazing people in the world. I talk to City Boy almost every day. But, there are still days I feel a little lonely. By reaching out to those in the community who are like-minded, you will find that you are surrounded by neighbors who have interests just like you! Visit your local farmer’s market and chat with a few vendors. Join a church family. Go to the craft fair or to a quilting class. Just get out and chat with other people. I have been fortunate enough to have met some amazing people here in the mid-west, and it all happened within the first few weeks of us being here. Our friends Kevin and Sarah from Living Traditions Homestead are just a few miles from us and so are our friends from Homestead In The Holler and they are building their dream homestead as well! It’s really exciting when you get out around others and start connecting with new friends!
Give yourself some slack
Sarah and I were chatting the other day about how exhausted we both are. We see the glamorous side of homesteading when we are scrolling through Pinterest, but we forget about the enormous amount of work all the homesteaders put out day after day! When we get down to the nitty-gritty of things, homesteadin’ life is hard and there are times when we are going to want to give up. Whenever one of my little people are having a meltdown about something, I always tell them, “Little Homesteader, nothing is the end of the world, except the end of the world.” And, that applies to us too. It’s okay if you don’t get your dishes done before you go to bed. It’s okay if you eat off of paper plates 6 days a week. It’s okay to let your kids play in the hose instead of giving them a bath once in a while. It’s okay to be exhausted.
If there are any hacks that you have used to make homesteadin’ life easier for you, please feel free to comment below or drop me in a line in my email! And don’t forget to sign up for our Homesteady Goodness newsletter so you can stay up to date with what’s going on here at Country Acres!