When I’m having a workshop, the questions always vary. “Does vinegar in the wash make you smell like a pickle?” “Can I sniff you?” “How do you store 25 pounds of beans?” “How do you know when your milk is bad?”
BUT, there is always one question that I get at every single workshop. Sometimes it’s asked aloud, and sometimes I’m asked in private afterwards. “But Stacy…how do you get ALL that done?!” How can I make all my stuff homemade? How can I grind wheat and make bread and then have time to vacuum up all the dirt tracked in by my toddler? How can I hang dry my clothes? How can I take the time to save money by visiting yard sales?
The answer is simple…I don’t do it all.
Please understand something. Yes, I do make multiple posts about things that I do at home…like homemade mouthwash, homemade croutons, using cloth diapers, and scrubbing the toilet. BUT, I don’t do them all every day. It’s just not possible.
I don’t get it all done…I’m just one Mommy. I don’t have a mommy-helper. Sometimes I have help from my mom, but not every day. I have to tackle what I can do day-by-day. Some days I clean. Some days I don’t. Some days I make homemade bread and some days I’m too tired to cook dinner so we eat popcorn. The important thing to remember on your journey to frugality and sustainability is this – GRACE. You won’t be able to do it all every day…but you can tackle ONE thing today.
If the thought of trying to measure up to Susie Does It All Homemaker down the street has kept you from trying anything at all, then forget her. Let me tell you something else – she likely sweeps her dirt under the carpet just like everyone else. If you open her closet, you might get creamed with flying debris. Start from where YOU are and quit looking at everyone else.
I’m Not Superwoman and Neither Are You
This is something I’ve had to learn….I can’t do it all, but I can do something little every day. Whatever you have time for today, just make it count. If you have time to make laundry detergent today, then make a quadruple batch…if you have time to make bread, then make a double batch and freeze the other loaves for later. The important thing is to manage your time well.
Listen, I am not Super Woman. I’ve actually had people call me that. I hope I’ve given you a pretty good view of how I really am – I mess up on a regular basis. I set fires on the stove…and in the oven. I spill entire batches of granola. I pour kefir down the sink in moments of stupidity. Sometimes I wipe a butt, miss and get poop all over my hand. It happens. I mess up. You mess up. We’re human and we can’t do it all.
We’re not meant to do it all. We’re meant to do what we can to the best of our ability. That’s it. So the next time you wonder how Stacy gets it all done, remember this…I have dust bunnies that have taken up residence in my corner – and they don’t look like they’ll be moving out any time soon.