When you think about prepping, do you think about stuff in the future? Do images of piles of food and clothing and water come to mind? How can finishing your basement be considered prepping?
My reasoning is this.
- I am saving my marriage by finishing a project my wife would like to have done.
- Having an unfinished basement is undesirable if I sell my home. More finished square footage equals more money.
- I am learning valuable skills like carpentry, electrical, plumbing, tile, plus others.
- I am saving money by doing the work myself.
- My kids can now go downstairs and mess up the downstairs instead of the upstairs.
- I have made new friends in the neighborhood by having them help me and learn new skills.
- Did I mention my wife is happier when the basement is finished.
The underlying issue with prepping is, will it make your life better even if nothing goes wrong. I think if we evaluate things through this lens it will make it easier to determine if what you are doing is worthwhile.
I know finishing my basement will put more equity into my home. It will provide knowledge of how to fix, build and repair my home if in the future these things need to be taken care of. It shows my children things must be worked for. Sometimes you do not have the money to do things so you must learn to do them for yourself. I think you gain a better appreciation for the work other people do and what it really costs.
Building things allows your mind to create. My kids have had a wonderful time laying out their rooms. It also forces you to plan ahead. This may be the most important skill set gained from this endeavour. We have had to look ahead and determine things we had not originally thought about. We have decided to run natural gas to our appliances for future use. We have expanded the bathroom so three girls could use it.
This project has also taught me about preparing for the future. We have children growing up and they will need some space for them and their friends. What will their needs be? What will it be like when they leave? Will we still want the layout we have now.
Too many times we prepare for the disasters we think may come and forget to remember we have families and loved ones to prepare for also. It is important to have a refuge from the outside world where we can bond with family and friends.
Next time you have a spouse resisting your preps, tell them you want to fix up the house a little. Explain to them what it means to have a house which is comfortable and livable and up to date. Maybe you might find someone a little more receptive to your next project.
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