A Beginner's Guide to Self-Sufficiency
For some, the thought of a self-sufficient lifestyle is incredibly appealing. The idea of not having to rely on anyone else for our basic needs is both empowering and independence-inspiring. But for those of us who have never attempted this way of life before, it can be daunting to know where to start. This post will outline some steps you can take to get started on your journey to self-sufficiency.
Start with an Audit
The first step is to take inventory of what you already have that can be utilized in a self-sufficient lifestyle. This might include things like a green thumb, a knack for home repairs, or experience in gardening or livestock caretaking. If you don't have any experience in these areas, don't fret! There are plenty of resources available (like this blog post) that can help you get started.
In addition to taking inventory of your skills, it's also important to assess the resources you have at your disposal. For example, do you have a plot of land that could be used for gardening? Do you live near a body of water that could be used for fishing? Or do you have access to resources like tools or building materials that could be used for constructing a chicken coop or green house?
Making a plan
Once you've taken stock of what you have to work with, it's time to start making a plan. Decide which self-sufficient activities are most appealing to you and make a list of the supplies and resources you'll need to get started. For example, if you're interested in starting a garden, you'll need seeds, soil, garden tools, etc. If you're interested in raising chickens, you'll need chicks, chicken feed, a chicken coop, etc.
Once you've made your list, start doing some research on where to source the supplies and resources you'll need. There are often local businesses that specialize in selling supplies for self-sufficient living, so definitely check those out first. But even if there aren't any local options available, there are plenty of online retailers that sell everything from chicken coops to heirloom seeds.
Now that you've done your research and made a plan, it's time to take action! Start slowly by implementing one or two self-sufficient activities into your lifestyle and then build from there. And remember, there's no shame in taking baby steps – every little bit helps!
We hope this guide has inspired you to start down the path of self-sufficiency! Remember to start slowly and build from there – and if you ever get stuck or need some inspiration, we'll be here with more tips and tricks!