So, you want to be a homesteader, or you are a homesteader: what is your 2015 homesteading plan? Today we’ll talk about how, if homesteading is a goal of yours, you can determine a plan for your 2015 homestead. Even if you live in an urban or suburban area, you can put a plan in place to begin or continue your homesteading life. According to Wikipedia, the broadly-defined definition of homesteading is “to lead a life of self-sufficiency”. However, any homesteader or aspiring homesteader knows that this means different things to different people, depending on where they live and where they are in their homesteading journey.
Determine Your Homesteading Goals
As such, you first task in your 2015 homesteading plan is to determine your homesteading goals for the year, and those goals depend largely on where you’re at in your homesteading journey. For instance, if your ultimate goals is to move from your current home to a true homestead, your plan might consist of how you’ll continue to raise money for that effort, and when you’ll put your current house on the market, staging that house and getting it ready for sale, so on and so forth.
However, your goals will be different if your end goal is to homestead from where you’re at, be it in the city, in suburbia or in the country. Homesteading, although ideally done in rural areas, does have potential to be done – at least somewhat – anywhere. It’s your job when determining your 2015 homesteading plan to figure out what homesteading tasks you can do where you’re at, and what tasks you can’t.
Make a Plan to Accomplish Those Goals
Once you’ve determined what your homesteading goals are, it’s time to make a plan to accomplish those goals. If you’re in an apartment in the city, you may not be able to plant a large garden, but you might be able to join a CSA and get fresh veggies that way. Or, it’s possible that there is someone in your life with a homestead that you can partner up with to grow and preserve a bit of your own food supply. Most apartments have room for at least a small deep freezer, which extends the life of frozen meats and veggies for up to a year, and under bed storage and closet storage make great places for dried and canned foods to be stored in smaller places.
If you live in a suburban area, your suburbia home may or may not allow for chickens, if raising your own animals for eggs, milk and/or meat is a priority for you. If not, work to find someone you can partner with who raises chickens, trading work for eggs, milk or meat (making sure to obey the bartering laws in your state).
If you have a “real” homestead, your goal might be to expand your food preservation tasks, or to learn to process meat. Determine what your 2015 goals for your homestead are, and formulate a plan on how to get there. There are many creative and inventive ways to homestead from anywhere.
The point is not to sit on your duff, waiting for “someday homesteading” to happen. Self-sufficiency can be accomplished in so many ways.
Self-Sufficiency Means Many Things
Lowering your grocery bill and the money saved by doing so puts one in a place where, if they manage their money properly, they have less debt, making them more self-sufficient.
Trading daily takeout meals for learning to cook at home makes one more self-sufficient.
Learning to do home/auto repairs and maintenance yourself makes you more self-sufficient.
Decluttering your home and having less stuff to maintain and care for makes you more self-sufficient.
Having a six-month stockpile of food and toiletries makes you more self-sufficient.
The more freedom you have from needing the outside world, whether it be because you’ve set aside a large enough nest egg that you don’t need your job, or whether you’ve learned to grow and preserve your own food sources so that you could live without the grocery store, the more self-sufficient you are. This is homesteading, my friends, on some level, no matter where you live. So, if you’re wanting to implement a homesteading lifestyle, use the tips above to teach yourself that homesteading means many things – it’s multi-faceted – but the ultimate goal is self-sufficiency, or at least the capability to be self-sufficient should you need to be or want to be. This is why if you’re a city-dweller, the doomsday prepper folks encourage you to have a “bug-out” location, even if it’s a $50,000 mini-cabin in the woods. That way those who love the city but crave self-sufficiency can have the best of both worlds.
There’s no right or wrong way to homestead, and self-sufficiency is important for everyone. It’s up to you to determine what self-sufficiency looks like to you, and how to get there.
What are your goals regarding self-sufficiency? Do you think self-sufficiency, at least on some level, is important?