Simplify Your Existence
and Lower Expenses
Homesteading today has a lot of different meanings than it did in the 1800s. Rather than serve as a means to an end, today’s homesteaders are choosing to buy into this lifestyle to increase self reliance and reduce waste.
Whereas homesteaders of the past used this lifestyle to earn the rights to property, homesteading today is a bit different. Today’s homesteaders choose this path to simplify their existence, lower their expenses and gain a greater sense of self reliance.
Homesteading in the modern age can take on many forms. In most cases, homesteaders do own or rent their properties rather than “squat” to obtain ownership rights. They, like their counterparts from the past, however, do embrace a more natural existence.
Homesteading your home in present times technically requires only a willingness to adopt a more simplistic method of living. Even in urban settings, the homesteading movement is taking hold because of its greener and more economically friendly aspects.
Basic Steps Toward Homesteading
It doesn’t matter where you live or what kind of home you have, homesteading is a lifestyle that anyone can embrace. While urban dwellers might face more challenges, the basic tenants of this path can be followed. They include:
- Reducing reliance on outside sources of food
- Reducing and/or eliminating use of grid power
- Reducing personal waste by forgoing prepackaged, disposable items
- Improving health through the use of organic foods
- Using family and together time to create bonds that last.
Tips for Homesteading Your Own Home
If you already own a home or rent one, you don’t have to pack up, sell and move to enjoy the benefits of homesteading.
Depending on your personal circumstances, you might be able to get in on the benefits of this lifestyle by:
- Cultivating your own vegetable garden
- Reducing landfill waste by composting
- Installing solar or wind power to offset or eliminate reliance on the grid
- Learning how to preserve your own foods for future use
- Taking steps to enable enjoyment of a simpler life
Special Tips for Urban Homesteading
Apartment dwellers might not be able to create a giant garden, but they can still enjoy some of the benefits of homesteading.
To gain some of the benefits of this lifestyle, urban dwellers can:
- Consider container or patio gardening
- Look into cooperative organic and/or community gardening options
- Work to reduce their reliance on the power grid
- Take steps to reduce personal waste
Homesteading today is a bit different than it was in the past. Whereas yesterday’s pioneers lived this lifestyle for survival, today’s followers opt for this path because it's more economically and environmentally sound.
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