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I’ve heard people joke that homesteading is like a second job, and I don’t think they’re wrong! It’s difficult to make time for essential tasks like collecting eggs, harvesting strawberries, or the million other chores demanded of homesteaders. That said, how can we make time for homesteading, especially when we have a full-time job? Use this handy guide to make more time in your schedule for the homesteading that you love.

Rise ‘n’ shine

You’re not going to like this first piece of advice, but just hear me out. Consider waking up 30 – 60 minutes early a few times a week. Early rising helps you tackle those pesky chores without worrying about them all day. If you have a job outside the home, this helps you rest assured your homestead is taken care of before you leave for work.

Task managers

Everyone has their own system, but even the best homesteaders forget things from time to time. But forgetting can be the difference between having chickens and having a cage full of feathers if you forget to lock the coop. To breeze through chores more quickly and efficiently, get a task manager. This can be as simple as a paper planner, or as high tech as an app (my favorites are Asana and Any.do). Use a task manager to whiz through your chores more quickly–no lollygagging required.

A family affair

We don’t get enough quality family time these days. Score more time with your spouse and kids by making homesteading tasks a family affair. This completes the chores more quickly while connecting with your family on a daily basis.

Know what you can handle

If you’re already pushed to the limit, it’s not a good time to buy goats. Know what your limits are for your homestead. Remember, it’s not a race! Parse down to what’s manageable for your life and schedule. For example, stick with gardening if animals are too much daily work right now.

The bottom line

Homesteading is hard work, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Use these tips to make more time for homesteading without losing your mind.

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Fitness Hacks to Keep You Healthy (Even Without A Gym Membership!)

by Erin Weaver

Staying fit is a vital part of wellness for your body and your mind. A good level of fitness boosts your immune system, gives you more energy throughout the day, and helps you feel strong, capable, and sexy. As busy women, it can be easy to let fitness fall by the wayside in favor of work, loved ones, and socializing, but a little time devoted to physical health can really pay off in the long run. Similarly, if you’re living on a farm in a rural area, you might not have access to a gym or the money to pay for membership. There are still plenty of ways to stay fit without spending a lot of time and money, like these helpful fitness hacks.

Netflix and No Chill

Marathoning a new TV series is always tempting when you’ve got some free time, but it doesn’t mean you have to laze around on the couch. Spend opening and closing credits, ad breaks, or even the whole show doing squats, lunges, planks, and other simple cardio exercises.

Say Yes To The Worst Parking Space

Save time and nurture your fitness by settling for the worst parking space in the lot. Yes, it might be a two-minute walk away from the supermarket, but those little bits of exercise add up. It’ll also stop you doing endless laps trying to find a closer space!

Take The Stairs

Whenever you get the chance, take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator. Stairs are an excellent form of cardio that tone your leg muscles too, so hitting the steps is a two-in-one workout that you won’t regret.

Weightlift At Home

Weightlifting has massive benefits for your fitness and strength, and you don’t need any expensive equipment when you’re getting started. Canned food, heavy books, and full backpacks are all perfect for at-home weightlifting workouts, and you can find plenty of workouts for them online.

Try Car-Free Days

Many of us fall into the lazy trap of driving everywhere, even if we really could spend the fifteen minutes walking instead. Some journeys require a car, but could you wander over to your friend’s house or walk your kids to school instead?

Keep On Moving

One of the easiest ways to increase your fitness is to integrate movement into usually stationary activities. Walk up and down the stairs while you’re talking on the phone, do some squats while you’re folding laundry, and suggest going for walk with your partner to catch up on each other’s days.

Dedicate Seven Minutes

A simple seven-minute workout will drastically improve your fitness if you make it part of your routine for most of the days of the week. Don’t let yourself think that you can’t manage a simple seven minutes if you make it a priority. There are many short workouts online to help you get fit without the big time commitment.

Physical health is important, and it goes beyond simple dietary factors. Fitness gives you the energy and confidence you need to excel in life, so don’t let yourself make excuses to neglect it. Try these fitness hacks and make way for a stronger, happier you!


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