“Order is the sanity of the mind, the health of the body, the peace of the city, the security of the state. Like beams in a house or bones to a body, so is order to all things.” — Southey, Robert
“A place for everything and everything in its place.” As I’ve said many times before, one of the hardest challenges on an urban homestead is storage and organization. Keeping all the stuff needed on hand to be self reliant without costing a fortune in nifty storage bins can be quite a daunting (sometimes hair- pulling) task. Keeping things tidy is practically a full time job and we try to “pick up as we go” But, oftentimes, we get busy with other projects and the next thing we know, there’s mess here and there.
Lucky for us, friends are always giving us things that are handy for storing stuff. Like this handy wire shelving that we can use on the back deck to put our harvest and egg baskets. It’s easy to reach for before you head down the stairs to the garden and animal compound.
Folks are always commenting how “neat and tidy” the urban homestead is. Yeah, well, blame it on the genes. Of course, we are very conscious of our urban environs and neighbors. Believe me, the upkeep of the urban homestead is a full time job. Sure, there are places that are quite unsightly and a downright disorganized mess. But, hey, we we don’t show you that – its always a work in progress.
“I was discovering that if we live in a state of continual reaction to our circumstances, we find ourselves submitted to chaos. All our life becomes urgency and disorder. We need to step out of that and craft an environment that highlights and embraces the beautiful and the lovely. This will allow us to respond thoughtfully and appropriately to the needs in our lives.”
How appropriate; I couldn’t have said it better myself! I do have a few tips, which I’ll share.
No shoes in the house
Clean up as you go
Have a regular am and pm cleaning/chore routine
Have a place for everything
Be responsible for your space or the mess you make
How are you bringing order and beauty to your environment?
PS If you’d like to get yourself an egg or harvest basket for your homestead, check out our online Urban Homestead Supply store