Here are five beneficial reasons to spending more time at home, and less time in the Great American Rat Race.
This post is absolutely my opinion and is only meant for encouragement.
1) Spend Less:
As long as you are not spending your day browsing the web shopping, this is an obvious benefit to staying home. You are not constantly tempted to keep up with those around you, or grabbing dinner or coffee, just because you are out, and it is easy.
Gas is a major savings when you live far from town. By staying home you will spend less on activities such as dance, swim practice, or karate. Your children can be just as active playing outside – using their imagination to build forts or hide-outs. You could give them a patch of the yard and allow them to plant and grow their own vegetables. You might be surprised at how diligent they are.
2) Save More:
Obviously tied with spending less. Staying home gives you the opportunity to save. Save toward Dave Ramsey’s step number one. Save toward your children’s college expenses. Save toward purchasing your first clutch of ducklings or the start of your cattle herd. Living pay check to pay check is difficult, and no fun at all. Build your savings, pay off debt. You can do it, and staying home is an easy way to contribute.
“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.” –Proverbs 31:27
3) Steward the Land, Lawn, or Patio:
Wherever you are. Whatever type of home you have. Staying home in general gives you more time to focus on keeping your home beautiful. The energy you gain from not rushing from activity, to social event, to activity, and back again, can be put toward maintaining your land or lawn. Plant a vegetable garden. Plant flowers for the honey bees and butterflies. Start an orchard. Grow herbs, beets, and tomatoes on your patio. These acts of stewardship will give you a wonderful feeling of accomplishment and pride.
Grow closer to your children or spouse. Being home together inevitably leads to working together. Your children will take great pride in working along side you as you prepare a garden or learn about raising laying hens. Seeing their face as they collect eggs for the first time is priceless. The skills and responsibilities our children will learn by raising and caring for their own animals will only benefit them.
Read aloud. Read the Bible together. Find classic literature such as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, Frances Hodgson Burnett. Stories by Laura Ingalls Wilder or Elizabeth Enright.
Similarly, the relationship you build with your spouse as you work, pray, and plan together will strengthen. My husband and I love to plan together. To map out the goals we want to accomplish together. This not only strengthens our marriage, it gives us a deeper look into each other’s heart.
4) Raise Your Own Food:
Staying home gives you more time to raise your own food. Did you know that food travels, on average, 1500 miles to get to your local supermarket? Think of the waste! By raising our own food in our own backyard, as a country we can save an enormous amount of energy, time, and money. The first supermarket supposedly appeared in 1946. Where was our food then? If you read books that were written in the early 1900s and 1800s, you would see that the food was in homes, gardens, fields. Stored up in cellars or larders. Now, we can’t imagine living without a grocery store. The most an average American family has stocked in their home is cereal, condiments, or frozen pizzas.
By staying home we are able to raise our own food. Meal plan according to the food we raise. Source local meats. Source local dairy products. Take pride in our food, rather than throwing a frozen pizza in the oven because we just don’t have the time after gymnastics.
“If every kitchen in America had enough chickens attached to it to eat all of the scraps coming out of that kitchen, no egg industry or commerce would be necessary in the whole country.” –Joel Salatin, Folks, This Ain’t Normal
5) Prepare Healthy Meals:
This goes right along with raising our own food. Did you have a bumper kale crop? Are your tomatoes producing exceedingly well? Meal plan around your garden items. Greens should and can be eaten every day. Swiss chard, kale, or collards taste delicious sautéed in butter and garlic. Store your potatoes, carrots, radishes, and cabbages to use throughout the winter in soups and pies.
Every meal can be planned around a kitchen garden. Not only will you benefit from the accomplishment you will feel from growing these veggies yourself, think of the cost savings this would bring. Whether that is the fuel it takes to buy produce from the supermarket, or the actual cost of said produce from the supermarket.
This also encourages you to eat food as it is in season. Have you tasted a local tomato, strawberry, or cucumber in the peak of its season? Nothing compares. You may never want to eat a bland, store bought tomato, shipped half way across the world again.
I wrote this post because I know what happens when we leave the home. We become distracted, busy, frazzled, tired, and weary. It is so beneficial to our souls to do meaningful work within the home. To raise our own food. Raise our own children. Build up our relationship with God by praising Him and stewarding the land He has given us.