Well, it is a New Year and with it comes my desire to live a much simpler life and my 2012 Sustainable Living Bucket List. You see, we live a relatively simple life compared to many Americans, but not nearly as much as I would like. For years, I have wanted make changes and never really do so to give me that added push this year I’ve added some books as my main bucket list items with at least one item from each book that I would like to complete.
You may be wondering why I want to pursue these changes so much this year. I’m not a believer of the end of days as shared by the Mayan calendar, Nostradamus or even the Bible, but my thoughts on the matter are pretty in tune with that of the Hopi Indians, that the world as we know it is going to come to an end soon because we are destroying it. So I feel the overwhelming need, more than ever, to find a way to live more harmoniously with nature around me.
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition
I would like to check this one off my list by the end of February and be able to say that I accomplished one of the “Skills and Crafts for the House and Homestead” at the same time.
Encyclopedia of Country Living, 10th Edition
I’m giving myself until the end of May to mark this one of the list and I’m hoping accomplish planting, growing and harvesting our own grain. I’m not sure how well this will go over in our crappy soil area with the Florida climate, but I’m sure going to give it a go.
Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre
This title intrigues me, because despite the fact that we sit on five acres, much of it is woods and as I said above, the soil quality is more than lacking. So, I’m hoping I can get through this one by the end of June for some much needed inspiration on making the most of what we have and using as little space and resources as possible to provide for our family.
Simpler Living: A Back to Basics Guide to Cleaning, Furnishing, Storing, Decluttering, Streamlining, Organizing, and More
Though I LOVE Tsh’s book, Simply Organized, I feel I need a little more help in this department (meaning I DESPISE cleaning and stink at it) so I want to mark this book off of my list by the end of July. Because really, how can I expect to transition into a more sustainable lifestyle if I can’t dig out of the mess and clutter that seem to attack every day?
Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living
I hope to finish this one up by the end of August, just in time to preserve some of those great Florida summer crops that I will hopefully be successful with this year.
Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living
I hope to round it all out by the end of September with this book as a reminder that if people can live more sustainable lifestyles in the city, that I can certainly manage here. Then I will spend the last three months of the year adding a few more tasks from all of the books to accomplish before we head into 2013.