Homestead Skills Checklist

In my suburban homestead planning post, I talked about how I wanted to do as much as I could on a smaller scale. So, I really wanted to create a homestead checklist to work through things I either need to brush up on or learn entirely.

homestead garden
Our garden back in 2014

I originally had the idea for this homesteading blog before our daughter came along. In those days, we were still tending to nine raised beds, six chickens, and two ducks all in our back yard. We were also on a mission to find at least five acres with a modest home and I was so excited at the idea of the new journey we were headed towards.

Homestead chickens
Our girls! I miss their eggs!

Soon, our jobs grew, our family grew and the dream of having our homestead with gardens, orchards, chickens, and animals faded to the back. It has been sad for me to leave this dream in the back of my journal to make way for my family and all that we need to accomplish on a day to day basis. This checklist is my way of reaching out to that dream and work on the skills that I will rely on when the dream becomes alive again.

homestead skills checklistThanks to everyone that I follow on my Pinterest boards, I got some amazing ideas on what skills are being used and what categories I need to brush up on.

Let me share a few things I have done over the past few weeks that fall in line with this thinking. First, I made enchilada sauce from scratch! It was so great and only took me a few moments to whip together in my Vitamix.

Then, when I was decluttering, I found a ton of yarn and my knitting stuff. Knitting was one of the very first things I taught myself using YouTube videos, and I am really proud of what I learned over that time. So, I have been working on picking it up again, but I keep getting frustrated and putting it down. I am currently in the market for some quick and easy projects to boost my knitting confidence (Knitters drop me some links or send me some pins on Pinterest!)

Little by little, I am going to be building on these skills and getting back into the swing of preserving foods, learning some home and garden care, and reconnecting with the outdoors.

You can download my Homesteading Skills Checklist! These are just my starting skills, feel free to add your own and have fun with it.

What are some things you want to accomplish in your home?

We are going to have so much fun y’all!! I will share my wins along with my failures and undoubtedly ask questions to all of you!

Tell me about your self-sufficiency dreams and things that you are already a rockstar with! Comment below!



How I keep my house clean by doing half the work!

clean house pinI make my kids do quite a few chores, plain and simple. I feel that kids should learn responsibility and independence early on to foster long-term habits.

Also, I also don’t want to be doing everyone’s laundry and picking up toys till the end of time. So it is a bit selfish too, I will never lie to you. My summer cleaning schedule is designed to teach the kids some household skills and give me some time back so I can actually have some fun too.

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After much research and lots of trial and failure at keeping my home neat and tidy, I believe I have finally come up with a cleaning schedule that works for my home. In my days working outside of the home, I did everything over the course of Saturday and Sunday and totally ruining my weekend. When I decided to leave and come back to homemaking, I knew things had to change, less work and more chill. End of story.

Now that it is officially summer, I can include my kids in my grand plan and cut my work in half!

Each day, I have a set of four to six chores that I now share with my children. Mostly the eight-year-old, but as little sister follows him around, she is learning good habits as well. I have put him in charge of showing her the basics, and he thinks that is pretty darn awesome.

The thing is, most children are more capable of doing more than we think they can. Yes, most times my son sort of half does things, which means he has to do it twice. Yes, it’s not always the way  would do things, but who says I’m right? My point here is that I am setting my kids up to already know how to take care of themselves when they leave my house.

Here is a list of chores for my eight-year-old:

  • Laundry-from start to finish!
  • Trash and recycling; take out of the house and down to the curb.
  • Vacuum
  • Bathroom cleaning
  • Pulling weeds
  • Watering plants
  • Pick up rooms
  • Dust
  • Wipe kitchen counters and tables after dinner
  • Clean baseboards

I am sure there is more, but that is a TON of stuff off of my plate! Which gave me the time to write this post and drink an extra cup of coffee. Call me lazy or call me genius…I prefer the latter.

The baby is just starting, but I already have her taking her own diapers to the trash, picking up her toys and putting dirty laundry in the hamper. My mission is to basically never do ALL of the cleaning ever again.

Click Here to get a printable with how we really structure our cleaning schedule!


Do you have your kids help you clean? What are some innovative ways to include your youngest children?