We have so many new friends here at The Provision Room! If you’re just joining us, WELCOME! We are all about prepping without panicking. We are preparing our kitchen, pantries and gardens for “Life Happenings”–be that a natural disaster, sudden illness in the family, loss of work, new babies, unexpected company, etc. We begin each month by posting our goals for the month. We hope you’ll join us! We’re all about baby steps. Slow and steady wins the race, y’all!
BABY STEPS FOR MARCH:
1. DOUBLE MEALS. Approximately twice a week we will double what we make for dinner. The extra meal will be tucked away in the freezer, recorded on our inventory sheet, and be there ready for a rainy day. We won’t touch these meals because of lack of planning. But we will use them for “Life’s Happenings”–if someone gets ill, if a neighbor needs a meal because of a death in the family or a new baby, if we get hit in our budgets and grocery shopping isn’t possible. And every three months we’ll take a cooking vacation to eat up some of those meals so that our stash is always fresh!
2. Update our documents in the safe. Last year about this time we made sure that we made copies of all important documents and put the originals in a safe and copies in the filing cabinet. It’s tax season, so you likely have a lot of your documents out and in use. This is a great time to make fresh copies and make sure you have everything you need safely stored. If you haven’t purchased a lock box or safe, it would be a great use of your tax refund. Here are some documents to make sure you have stored:
- Social Security Cards
- Birth Certificates
- Marriage Certificates
- Wills and Power of Attorney
- Bank Statement
- Insurance cards and policies for home, car, health and life
- Most recent three tax returns
- Information for your house and/or car loans
- Retirement (IRA/401K, etc.) and investment accounts
3. Start your seedlings indoors. Most places in the country are now in that window of six weeks or so until the last freeze. So, now is the time to start your seeds so that when the ground is ready you can hit the ground running!
BIG GIRL STEP:
SPRING CLEANING! Do those words strike fear into your heart? Or do they make you feel hopeful and ready for a new season? Now is the time to look ahead to the busy sunny months. It’s time to get the home looking fresh and deep cleaned so that come summer, we can kick back and relax! This needn’t be a frenzied thing or a great burden to you, Mommy! It’s a family thing! Get everyone involved! Assign jobs for everyone–including your husband and children! Then everyone can take pride in your home together. This month we’ll have some fun ideas to include your family in your Spring Cleaning, as well ideas for lifting it out of just the mundane and using it as truly spiritual exercise.
What’s that you say? Spring Cleaning has spiritual implications?
Did you know Spring Cleaning has it’s roots in the Jewish tradition of Bedikat Chametz? This is where the home needs to be thoroughly cleansed before Passover. Houses are practically turned inside out in order to remove all leaven. Furniture is moved and swept under. The vacuum must tackle all the couch cushions. All the cupboards are wiped clean. This removing of all the leaven–including crumbs that hide, is a symbol of removing sin–even the sin that hides–from our lives.
Along with the desire to fling open the windows of my physical home, there is a deeper connection and desire to fling open the windows of my heart. Time for the Holy Spirit to shine the light of revelation on anything that is hidden, time to get rid of old things that are weighing me down, time for things to be fresh and clean and new! Although, Spring Cleaning, be it of the house or the heart, is a daunting thing and is tough work, there is joy in it.
Will you join us?
(Linked to Motivation Monday, Home Acre Hop and Farm Girl Friday)
We have so many new friends here at The Provision Room! If you’re just joining us, WELCOME! We are all about prepping without panicking. We are preparing our kitchen, pantries and gardens for “Life Happenings”–be that a natural disaster, sudden illness in the family, loss of work, new babies, unexpected company, etc. We begin each […]