2016 Homesteading Goals Review

At the beginning of the year I made some goals for our homestead. I divided them into big and small goals, and went into the year knowing that the unpredictability of the railroad and having a baby might interfere. So as we make our way into 2017, I want to review those goals.

At the beginning of the year I made some goals for 2016--time to review them and see how they went! How has your year gone?

The Big Goals


  • Paint. I painted all three bedrooms and a bathroom, and I have the paint to do to the other two bathrooms and the upstairs hallway. I also determined the main room will require scaffolding to paint due to the high ceiling (which needs to be painted white) and the stairs, so I’ll almost certainly have to hire a painter.
  • Re-carpet the upstairs. It didn’t happen. I want to finish painting upstairs, and we decided the bathroom needs to happen before the carpet.
  • Remodel kids’ bathroom. Also didn’t happen. We just didn’t budget it in.
  • Install wood stove. Currently the hook ups are set up for a pellet stove, and we’re not sure how much it’s going to have to be remodeled in order to install a wood stove. I’m thinking as some point we’re going to do a pretty big remodel downstairs–floors and kitchen–and will probably throw in the wood stove at the same time.


  • Put in garden beds and fence. We did in-ground beds due to limited funds this year, but have the lumber now to do raised beds for 2017. The little fence hasn’t been done, but we also don’t have a dog anymore. Although I’ll have two toddlers by summertime, so I may still need to put a little fence in to block off the garden.
  • Landscape the front yard. I put in a few beds and bushes, moved my perennial garden, and added more flowers.
  • Plant a couple fruit trees. I now have two dwarf apple trees. One didn’t survive shipping and planting, but they’re replacing it for free this year. I’ll have a harvest in 2-3 years.
  • Make a compost pile. Yes!! I’m so excited to have this one.
  • Make a wood pile. Not yet. There’s not a lot of point without a wood stove in the works.

The Smaller Goals

  • Learn to pressure can. I didn’t can at all this year with a little baby in tow. It was just too stressful, and my yard didn’t produce enough excess this year for preserving to be important beyond freezing some pumpkin.
  • Waterbath can fruit/jam. See previous.
  • Learn to crochet. I got an instructional book recently but haven’t tried it yet.
  • Get the house more organized. I succeeded at this a bit. I did the command center, pantry, and a few other things, as well as purged some. The bookshelves are up, I cleaned up the garage quite a bit, and things are definitely better than they were a year ago.
  • Make DIY projects. I tried salves, lip balm, and some beauty stuff. I have the supplies for candles and a few other projects. Herbalism also became a new interest.
  • Put together the pantry. This one I definitely did! I love it and my kitchen works so much better for me now.

Obviously, the reasons I anticipated setbacks were realistic. But I had success in a good handful of things. I am so excited about those!

Some of these goals will carry over into 2017. Those goals still need to be done and I still have an interest in them. 2016 just wasn’t their year. Look for my 2017 goals coming soon!

About Lee

Lee is the owner and author of Our Little Urban Homestead. She's a wife, mother, and Christian and enjoys reading, gardening, medieval reenactment, and many other hobbies and interests.

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