November Sustainability Checklist

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November Sustainability Checklist

I’m sitting on my couch feeling exhausted, and trying to find a way to express how incredibly fast the last month has passed. Quite frankly, I can’t.

Despite the speed of time, we managed to squeeze in one last camping trip. How great is this?!

Fall Hiking
Fall Hiking
The Great Cooking Experiment
The Great Cooking Experiment
The Best of Camping
The Best of Camping

Enough about camping. Lately, I have been sharing our sustainability checklist for the coming month. Sharing our plans helps to keep us accountable, and I hope it helps give you some ideas that will create a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Over the last month, we’ve been working on this list. Since October has been such a blur and we didn’t finish everything we had hoped; we’re keeping a short list in November. Here’s what we’ll be working on:

  1. Prepare for Spring Landscaping– We’re clearing spaces and getting quotes for the work we want done so we’re ready to go as soon as warm weather returns.
  2. Clean the Garden Beds– Back breaking work that will make Spring much easier! (I actually started this yesterday…which is why I wrote this as an exhausted zombie!)
  3. Prepare for the Holidays– For the most part, we aren’t doing holiday gifts this year, but I love giving gifts. So, I’ll be preparing a few goodies for some of my favorite people.
  4. Interior Finishes– We have a few unfinished projects inside. Painting our third bedroom (which is about to become my home gym), building a guest bed headboard, sewing curtains. Simple projects that won’t take an entire weekend, but need finishing none-the-less. We’re also expecting family this holiday season so we want to get these things done.
  5. Prepare the Evaporative Cooler– This will include removing the interior cover, washing interior vents, and adding a bit of insulation for the cold months. We’ve already finished this from the outside, now it’s time for the interior.
  6. Budget– We keep a relatively strict budget. With the New Year two months away, we like to reassess our goals and discuss new priorities for the New Year. Making responsible financial choices is an important part of self-sufficiency!

As we move into November, we’ll be shifting from outdoor projects to indoor and try finishing up some chores for the holidays. Since we aren’t quite in the full swing of holiday chaos, it’s a great time to finish up those little interior chores that get pushed back during the warmer months.

How did you do on your October list?

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