Sunday, 12 July 2015
04:38:12 AM (GMT)
I've known for a long, long time now that I want to live in a small house, that I
build myself, in a forest, surrounded by a large garden where I grow my own food.
It's frustrating because I don't know how I'm going to get from here to there, and I
don't know where to build said house and plant said garden. But for now I'm going to
organize my thoughts into this list. These are my long-term goals for my ideal
1.) Never shop at Walmart again.
I feel guilty every time I shop there.
2.) Reduce and eventually eliminate purchasing from large brands and instead opt
for handmade, homemade, recycled, reused or salvaged. Practice cruelty-free
Support local farmers, artists, anyone who makes things themselves. Never
buy anything made in a sweat shop. Avoid commercial products. Buy supplies in bulk
and learn to make essentials such as toothpaste, deodorant, etc., at home.
3.) Compost and recycle
Between composting and recycling there's very little need to throw anything away.
There are guides available for both about what is compostable, what is recyclable,
4.) Mason jars
You can find mason jars at GoodWill. You can screw the lids to the underside of high
shelves and then screw on the jars for easy storage. They can hold just about
anything and everything you need, reducing the need for plastic containers.
That means simply owning few things. Only the essentials and what you love. When you
own less things, the things you do own tend to be nicer. For example, buy a nice pair
of headphones that will last instead of a cheap pair that will break and have to be
replaced every month. I might have to make my one exception my books; if half my
house is a library, that's perfectly fine with me.
6.) Use that compost! Grow gardens, not lawns
I personally hate mowing the lawn. When it's hot out and you're slaving away behind
this big noisy machine that you use to maintain a large patch of useless land... All
I can think about is how nice it would be to have organized gardens, raised flower
beds, neat little pathways, rock gardens, bird baths, trees. SO many things you could
fit in that space. I want to grow my own food, as much as I can. More than I need, in
fact, because I'll sell or donate the excess.
7.) Tiny houses
I can see myself having a tiny house to live in, a separate one-room art studio, and
a greenhouse. I think that's all I'll need, and I think I'll be exquisitely content
there. Building your own house gives you an immense sense of home. I want that.
People are surprised when I tell them I'm interested in learning about construction,
but I am. I might volunteer for Habitat For Humanity, or something like that, to
learn a few skills before the time comes.
8.) Solar panels and windmills
Do I really need to explain this one?
9.) Sell vegetables, homemade soap, and other things (as a side project; my main
thing will be writing and art, of course)
I think I can make some very lovely things that people will be thrilled to buy
10.) Write everything down and make it a book!
I want to take notes on this and everything I learn as I move towards these goals.
Eventually I can compile this priceless information into a book, and call it
"Cruelty-free Consumerism; living guilt-free" or something like that. It won't be
like "drop everything and live exactly like me," it will be like, "here are some
super simple, super easy steps to simplify your life, reduce your waste, live a
healthy and happy life," whatever, something like that.
Last edited: 12 July 2015