4 Tips for Self-Sufficient Living

4 Tips for Self-Sufficient Living

The following contribution is from another author.

Living a self-sufficient lifestyle is something that might appeal to a lot of people. But just because it appeals to many people doesn’t mean everyone is capable of doing so. Soon enough, they will miss the connectivity and convenience that inner-city or suburban living brings. They will pine for a simple solution to get their favorite snacks without doing it all themselves. If you’ve ever considered self-sufficient living, you need to know how to make it a success, so here are four tips to help you consider whether it’s something you can do. 

Collect Rainwater 

Collecting rainwater is a fantastic way to have a consistent water supply so you can shower, make your morning coffee, and make sure your fruit and vegetables get enough hydration for a successful grow. 

However, you can’t just use a row of buckets, and there are more efficient ways to collect rainwater. Like the model here, water tanks can provide a year-round supply of water that will refill every time the rain falls. If you live somewhere that gets plenty of rain, you can maximize your collection by getting as many tanks as you need to ensure you’ll always have something. 

Grow Your Own Food

Sure, you won’t be able to grow chocolate bars, but growing your food such as fruit and vegetables and keeping livestock for eggs and other food sources, can ensure a healthy and self-sufficient lifestyle. 

You’ll need enough land to be able to grow this food, especially if you want to go entirely self-sufficient. Any food you have leftover can be sold at local markets, allowing you to eat well and make some money to keep you going at the same time. 

Repurpose Old Items

Reusing, recycling, and recycling old items, from clothes to curtains to planks of wood, will mean you never need to go to the mall ever again. If you want to invest in sewing machines, you have lots of freedom for what you could create, especially if you take the time to learn how to do so. 

Repurposing items don’t need to stop with clothes, though, and you can repurpose just about anything you like. This could be milk bottles transformed into jars or old pieces of wood that you combine to create a table. It helps you and the environment, giving you a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. 

Take Time to Learn Skills

You can’t expect to succeed in your self-sufficient journey unless you learn the vital skills to make it a success. We’ve already mentioned sewing, but there are caring for crops, and making the most of what you have is also essential. 

Because of this, it’s worth easing your way into self-sufficiency and becoming adept at the necessary skills before you abandon commercial products altogether. You don’t want to decide self-sufficiency is for you and then find out you don’t know what you’re doing, so don’t be afraid to educate yourself. 

Doing It Yourself

Like any sudden lifestyle change, there will be some shocks when you shift towards a more self-sufficient lifestyle. Whether you make small changes here and there or dive straight into it, these tips will help you manage the adjustment with more confidence and success. 


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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