How to prepare your family to survive and thrive in todays uncertain world

The Plans of Mice and Men

Planning is a funny thing. It gives us direction, but it also can be a very stressful process. For us, planning is obviously pretty relevant right now. But it’s relevant for everyone!

We’re faced with planning an entire homestead, essentially. We have space to do pretty much anything we want, but now we have to figure out WHAT we want. Talk about a ton of stuff to think about. What areas do we want for the kids play areas, what about outbuildings, where do we put septic, what do we want in the house vs in out buildings, do we want a garage or not, do we want

To an extent, it’s almost easier to plan with smaller space. If you have a limited area to work with, then you have fewer options. There’s only so many places you can put a couple of 4×4 garden beds on a standard city lot. There’s quite a few places to put them when your lot is measured in acres.

I often find myself getting stressed out when I have a ton of stuff to do, and I have to step back and plan. Everything about prepping can be overwhelming, and the only way to deal with that is to be methodical.

For me, the first thing is to figure out what you want to achieve. It’s hard to plan things without knowing what the end goal will be.

Now it’s also important to recognize that what you end up with may be different from what you start with. You might plan to have chickens, but then you discover that you just don’t like having them. So change! No big deal.

The big thing is that you know where you’re going. You can always change that.

Once you have a list of things you want to end up with, prioritize! You can use different methods … what’s easier, what’s most important, what’s quickest, or a mix of all of them.

This simple two step process will get you off on the right foot. It’s not the complete plan, but it gets you going in the right direction.

And you can use this method for anything. Getting your preps in order, designing your garden, or even putting together a plan for your urban homestead.

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3 Responses to The Plans of Mice and Men

  1. The main thing of the whole homestead is the correct location for the septic and leach field. Making sure it doesn’t effect any water sources and animal care. :)

  2. My S-I-L is a permaculturist. She’s been pushing me to think about the foods & medicines we want to incorporate into our home for the last year. I’ve been very overwhelmed with the thought of adding / moving so many plants, bushes, trees, etc… but I finally sat down and started sketching out where items should go or would be happiest. And I’m glad I did since now I know where to put the raspberry bushes & elderberry shoots that I just received. I really like having the “Final Plan” which I can work on in much smaller bits & pieces as the wind blows me sales & giveaways. It’s much less stressful now that I know where everything will be, some day… just not today. I wish you good luck and less stress!