In the beginning, Thrift Kitchen started out as its own separate blog. I realized pretty quickly that a lot of the people who were reading Thrift Kitchen we also reading Craft Leftovers. And I also realized that posting about home-y stuff once a week was really all I wanted to do. So I made Thrift Kitchen a post series here on Craft Leftovers and called it good. First it was on Thursday, then this year I moved it to Tuesday.

While I’ve continued to post a recipe from time to time and talk about growing food and meal plans, it’s been a long time since I’ve fully embraced the Thrift Kitchen model – providing food for my family that’s healthy and cheap.

After two years of jumping from project to project, I finally gathered enough time to survey my life. I love it, and wouldn’t change a thing. But I’m also not happy with the way I’m living on a day to day basis. I feel like it’s my job to take care of our home, and I just haven’t been living up to my own expectations. It hit me hard when we got back from the Maker Faire.

Here’s our state of being when we got home from vacation:

  • Eating out way more than we should.
  • The house was a mess after the mad dash to prep for Maker Faire.
  • The yard was out of control after being gone 2 weeks.
  • We weren’t being intentional with our finances. Not irresponsible, just, we want to be more forward thinking about it.
  • I’m not meeting deadlines. Which really stresses me out and makes me feel like a jerk and literally keeps me up at night.
  • And the laundry was out of control.
Where do I want to be?
  • A clean house.
  • Good food for every meal.
  • Meeting deadlines.
  • Debt free (student loans + mortgage).

Right now, this week, things are much better. Just by taking the time to reflect I’ve made leaps and bounds on a daily basis. I’m cooking all our meals and the house is fairly tidy. The garden is weeded and the lawn’s mowed. And we’ve only ate out once.

Where are you at with your daily living? Are you on a happy course of frugal thriftness. Or are you scooting around furr, unpacked boxes from a move, and wondering why you can never find two socks that match.

If you are living a happy frugal life, what’s your favorite inspiration/resource that you turn to? 

If you want to live a happy frugal life, where are you at? What’s your goal? 

Leave me a comment, let me know. Help me get on track and also let me know I’m not alone in my chaos. Join me next Tuesday for Phase One of the Thrift Kitchen Plan!