Here's a little blurb from a portion of that article, entitled "Radical Notion: traditional homemaking".
Shannon Hayes offered these suggestions for making homemaking more radical:
- Hang laundry out to dry.
- Dedicate part of the lawn to a vegetable garden.
- Get to know neighbors so you can cooperate to reduce spending.
- Shop at a farmers market each week before heading to the grocery store.
- Donate things you don’t need to help others save money and resources.
- Have reusable bags with you on all shopping trips.
- Learn how to preserve one local food item for the winter.
- Get your family to agree to spend more evenings at home, preferably with the TV off.
- Cook for the family.
- Focus on enjoying what you have and whom you get to share it with rather than on what you want or think you need.
I don't do everything on the above list, but we do a good portion of them. Apart from those Emily raises chickens. My husband & kids hunt and we process our own venison. We all know how to make our own clothes. Earlier this week I canned 21 qts. of peaches that my friend Mary Ann brought back from Idaho. That was my "radical" moment this week.
So anyway, that got me thinking: what "radical" homemaking skill or activity have your incorporated into your life? I'd love to hear what other "radical" homemakers are doing. We know you're out there...we've seen you quietly in action...you scrap quilters, refashionistas, thrift store junkies. Let us know what you're doing to further the revolution.