“Home is where the great change will begin.
It is not where it ends.”
~Shannon Hayes, Radical Homemakers
“Oh Andrea! You know you can buy that kind of stuff at the store!?!”
From close friends to various family members, the above statement is often the response I hear whenever I say, “I just made some of that — fill in the blank — at home the other day!”
I’m well aware of what is offered on the shelves of the box stores that litter my city. I know that I could easily buy things like household cleaners, tooth paste, shampoo, bread, over-the-counter medications, laundry detergent, lotion and anything else that I’ve made before…at the store. And to be honest, sometimes I do buy those things. But it’s simply becoming less and less a part of my life.
What compels us to make things at home?
I know there are other people out there compelled to create things in this way.
Could it be that by producing things at home — things that could easily be bought at the store — we are not only saving money, but fulfilling a need to be artistic and creative?
Why I Make It Homemade
We all have our own unique reasons for doing the things we do. Here are my reasons for making things at home:
- Cost savings. By making my own medicine, shampoo, and meals from scratch I do save money! It’s a fact, the raw materials needed for these things are definitely cheaper.
- Ingredient control. I have no doubts when it comes to knowing exactly what’s in the things I make. Reading the labels of things like processed foods, lotions and other body care products is scary — there are so many ingredients that are dangerous by-products of various corporate industries and have proven links to any number of illnesses…it just not worth it.
- Producer not consumer. Making it homemade has taught me how to reduce my own tendencies toward hyper-consumerism. I’ve become a lot more savvy…buying only what I need and learning to save for the things I really want.
- Reduced waste. Without all bring in all of the wasteful packaging that comes with buying things from the store…my home is definitely generating a lot less trash.
- Independence, Fulfillment, and Empowerment. And lastly, perhaps I have become accustom to the feelings of independence, fullfillment, and empowerment that come from this lifestyle. It satisfies something deep inside of me to know that by my own hand these things are produced. Which reminds me…
…a beautiful woman, wife, mother, and writter that I have grown to respect and admire — Renee Tougas of FIMBY — put whole idea of “being compelled to create” into words so eloquently when she wrote:
Recognizing myself as a creative is not about the giving myself permission to “make crafts” but is about a transformation in how I understand myself and view the world. Being a creative person is more than sewing a quilt, writing music, performing music, taking photos, etc. It’s about being a problem solver and a beauty maker and our homes needs that. The world needs that.
In her lovely ebook titled Nurturing Creativity: A Guide for Busy Moms, she continues:
I’ve come to describe what I do simply as creative living, not defined by any one craft or activity but an overall approach to life. An approach to life, I might add, that is helping our family to live our dreams and create a livelihood consistent with our values.
And that dear friends, is what it’s all about.
Now It’s Your Turn!
Tell me why you do this…what compels you to make things at home?