The ABCs of Homesteading


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Most people think you begin homesteading by doing a bunch of stuff – planting a vegetable garden, getting livestock, making your own cleaning and beauty products. This can work, but often the rush to get started ends in overload and discouragement. That's because homesteading isn't just a new hobby – like taking up golf or playing the piano. To do it well, you have to rethink the way you do everything.

You are fundamentally re-designing your life to become less dependent on complex supply chains and more dependent on your home environment and local community to meet your basic needs. Transforming a home into a homestead is a long-term process.

As with most major changes, it makes sense to start small and work your way up to the big stuff. Just like in kindergarten, spend some time learning your ABCs and you'll be ready the complex calculus of barn building, lye making, mushroom growing and whatever else you want to do on your homestead in no time.

A is for ‘Asceticism’

To become a good homesteader, you have to renounce the good stuff and lock yourself up in a monastery with no worldly possessions — just kidding! Asceticism doesn't have to be religious or even a hardship. It is simply the act of intentionally minimizing your needs for a higher purpose.

Some people also call this voluntary simplicity, voluntary austerity, or living the good life. Homesteading takes a lot of time, energy, and resources. Unless you miraculously have more of those than you know what to do with, you are going to need to make room for them. That means “redlining” the non-essential activities in your life now.

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