Looking for ideas on how to get started homesteading? Here are a few simple first steps to get you moving toward a more self-reliant lifestyle.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reducing your waste and living more simply is a great first step to a more sustainable and self-sufficient lifestyle. Once you get started you may even be inspired to strive for a zero waste home!
For ideas on how to make this happen read my post ”15 “Attainable” Ways to Reduce your Waste and Save Money Now!;”
Learn a New Skill
Once you get started you might not be able to stop, at least that’s what happened to me! There are so many homesteading skills that are also fun hobbies and you can get started in any kind of living arrangement. Check out this “Ultimate List of Homesteading Skills!” for inspiration.
My fist skill was crocheting, my mom taught me the basics when I was little, so a few YouTube videos and I had the hang of it pretty quickly. It’s something you can do while sitting in a waiting room, riding the bus, watching a movie, or pretty much anywhere. It’s also a great way to save money and give awesome homemade gifts!
Grow a Garden
Gardening is like a gateway drug. You get a little taste and you’re hooked. You just can’t stop yourself from adding more and more plants!
You don’t need a lot of space for a garden. You could incorporate fruit and veggies into your landscaping and create an edible garden or keep a few plants in pots. Starting an herb garden is a great way to get started small, while enhancing your cooking at the same time.
I have canned countless pounds of vegetables and fruits in a kitchen with about 4 feet of countertop space. You can really do it just about anywhere. You can even get a small portable range burner and plug it in outside if you want to escape the heat and claustrophobia. For a list of all the supplies you need to get started canning, check out my Veggie Garden Supply List (includes starting seeds indoors).
If you haven’t stated to grow your own produce yet, pick up surpluses of in-season items at farmers markets. You could also scope out a neighbors yard for edibles like fruit trees or berry bushes they may not be making use of and ask if you can harvest some for both of you. You may even form new relationships in the process.
You don’t have to live on acreage in the country to hunt. When my husband, Ben was in college, he and his roommate would check their guns in at the local police station and pick them up on their way to nearby state land. They would even skin and process squirrels on pizza boxes in their dorm room (to their neighbors shock and horror).
A hunters safety course and appropriate game licenses are all you need to get started. Guns can be purchased, borrowed or rented. There are a wide variety of seasonal dates for each type of animal that vary by location, so make sure to check regulations in your area.
I would love to hear additional ideas of how to get started homesteading!