Hello World! Welcome Friends! Want to embrace a more self-sufficient lifestyle but aren’t totally read to go off the grid? You certainly aren’t alone.
Despite popular belief, it’s more than possible to learn the ropes of self-reliance without doing anything too drastic. While others might see your desire to shift toward a more sustainable lifestyle as somewhat extreme, the benefits of self-sufficiency are undeniable. For starters, consider…
- How learning to work with your hands brings you closer to nature
- Enjoying a sense of challenge and fulfillment as you test yourself to see what you’re capable of creating
- How much money you can potentially save when you start handling tasks such as home repairs and growing food yourself versus relying on outside sources
So, what do you need to do to ease yourself into a more self-sufficient lifestyle versus diving headfirst? The following checklist represents a solid starting point for those looking to get their hands dirty.
Get Out in the Lawn
There’s perhaps no better place than your backyard to get started with projects to help support your journey toward self-sufficiency. Planting some low-maintenance shrubs is an awesome stepping stone toward a garden where you can grow your own fruits and vegetables. Once you learn whether or not you have a green thumb, try planting some tomatoes and peppers which are relatively easy to keep alive.
If you want to get serious about growing your own food, you may want to look into metal buildings for your backyard which you can construct yourself without heavy labor. Such a project represents a double-whammy as you essentially build your own workstation and a place to store your new plants. Granted you have the room in your yard, such a space is crucial to any serious DIY-er.
Looking to support the environment and encourage healthy growth in your lawn? Getting started with composting is a great way to make the most of your waste while lowering your carbon footprint. Composting goes hand in hand with keeping your garden healthy: simply make sure you aren’t violating any local laws or regulations regarding composting before you begin.
Unplug Yourself from Distractions
How you spend your free time is an aspect of self-sufficiency that’s easy to over look. After all, if you’re constantly distracted by your phone or social media, you’re inevitably giving up time that you could be spending on your DIY projects. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with spending time online, strive to spend more time outdoors and unplug yourself from technology when you feel it’s necessary.
Become a Fixer-Upper
Self-sufficiency is all about taking matters into your own hands. Rather than constantly relying on professionals to take care of home repairs, consider taking up the role of repairman yourself.
There are plenty of simple home fixes out there such as squeaky doors or faulty light fixtures that you can take care of in no time with a tool or two. The more you take on smaller home repairs, the more likely you are to tackle more intensive projects in the future.
Becoming self-sufficient doesn’t mean transforming the way you live overnight, but rather taking the initiative to do as much as you can on your own time. Think of your journey as a marathon and not a sprint: it takes time to become truly self-sufficient, but the rewards are worth it in the end.
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