The DIY Life: Learn the Ways to Self-Sufficient Living

The MOTHER EARTH NEWS 2014 Homesteaders of the Year have taken self-reliance into their own hands, and with a little time invested in learning new skills, you, too, can achieve the DIY life and practice more self-sufficient living.

Jeremiah Sailer turned unused space over his home's staircase into a useful food pantry by making a bridge and cabinet out of repurposed wood. Learning simple carpentry and adding a bit of ingenuity to create this cabinet is one example of how the Sailer family truly embodies a DIY life.
Photo by Christa Tippman