Keys to a Simple, Self-Sufficient Lifestyle in 6 Ways

I am sure most of us have heard of having a self-sufficient lifestyle, and we might all have different ideas of what this means. Or you might be thinking about what self-sufficiency actually means.

Self-sufficiency is defined differently to many people but all are similar in some ways. The last year has inspired many to adopt this self-sufficient lifestyle and also think about our lives in a different way. Therefore, today I want to share 6 ways to a simple, self-sufficient lifestyle.

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What does a self-sufficient lifestyle mean?

Adopting a self-sufficient lifestyle could mean getting back in touch with nature and transform practical skills and hobbies into a sustainable lifestyle. To others it can focus on finances and how to save money and live within their own means.

Ultimately it is having confidence in your own resources and abilities. As you may tell adopting a self-sufficient lifestyle is broad and can be viewed differently to everyone.

When you are thinking about starting a self-sufficient lifestyle you might be wondering where you can start. So this post I will share 6 key ways that will help.

Home is where the heart is

I mean this saying is just perfect but could not be more truer. You want your home to be the right space for you, but also be the place that is environmentally friendly and maximise your finances.

If you think about life a lot of people buy a house live in that for a while then sell it and move on, and this is repeated throughout a lot of our lives. However, I think you need to look at that home and decide if this is the home for the long-term.

You want to be smart about where you are living and ensure it is the right space for you to live your self-sufficient lifestyle. Whether that be space in the garden for you to grow crops/vegetables and fruit or a bigger space indoors.

Eat foods that fit the season

If you adopt a self-sufficient lifestyle then this could mean either you grow your own food throughout the year, or you can choose to go local and buy for each season.

This is not only a great way to experiment with foods/ingredients you may not eat but also good for the environment to support the local business.

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Reduce, reuse and recycle

I know this saying is familiar and well known but I mean I may as well continue emphasising this. Reducing, reusing and recycling the things we use daily will not only reap benefits for our finances, home but also of course our beautiful environment.

Therefore, whenever you are considering buying products think of products that have less packaging, do not over-buy products and limit the amount of disposable goods that you purchase.

In addition, whenever you are about to throw something into the bin consider whether these products can be donated, sold or again recycled. For example, sometimes if I have clothes that I have had for years and they are not in good enough condition to be sold or given to charity then I use them for cleaning! I have also made some great headbands from old tops before too. Additionally, some food packaging can be used as plant pots in the garden or inside or as storage containers.

Grow your own

As I have mentioned above one easy and probably most popular way of adopting a self-sufficient lifestyle is beginning to grow your own produce.

Many people always think you need loads of space but actually you can grow your own produce even with a small outdoor space! If you are a beginner it is best to start with tomatoes, peas and strawberries as these are the easiest to grow. Then once you brush up on your knowledge and get better you can expand what you choose to grow.

Most fruits and veggies can be grown on a balcony or bigger outdoor space and herbs can be grown on a windowsill.

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Research and learn

As you adopt a self-sufficient lifestyle you will realise you will need to learn and expand knowledge of practical skills.

When you are self-sufficient you will think about a lot of things such as growing your own produce, managing energy, cooking, first aid and even learning other skills that will help around your home and life.

Practical hobbies are a great way to be used to your advantage when you want to live a sustainable, environmentally friendly and self-sufficient lifestyle. These skills will help in the long run too and you can pass that knowledge on to others and even your own family.

Live a simple/minimalist life

This is a key point when it comes to a self-sufficient lifestyle. If you are living that simple and minimalist life then you are not wasting/spending money on things you don’t need. This includes going out eating/drinking all the time, buying clothes or upgrading to the latest gadgets regularly.

Plus by living in a minimalist/simple way you will save money and you will appreciate and make time for other things in your life. This could be spending more time with friends and family, or even making more time for yourself.

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These are some ways that you can begin in living your self-sufficient lifestyle, and I am sure there are many more and you can suggest some in the comments too!

Would you like to adopt a self-sufficient lifestyle? Or do you follow some of these ways already?

Just remember that being self-sufficient is completely adaptive to how you want to live and what you want from life, so always cater it to your needs. This involves thinking about nature and our environment and how we can continue to provide love into our planet too, but thinking of ways we can enjoy our life without all the added stresses.

Thanks for reading,

Gemma Jayne x

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Author: gemmaajaynee

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20 thoughts

  1. Interesting read Gemma! We have been started growing some veggies in pots since last year and my parents have a larger patch back home and honestly is so good to have seasonal food and eat something you have grown! I am trying to be more mindful of what i buy and reduce what I buy. I am still a long way to be self-sufficient, but I think it’s a great journey! x

    1. Thank you! That is great, I find it so much fun growing stuff! That is great and I agree the same for me there is still a long way to go xx

  2. Interesting read! I’m not really a slow living / simple life sort of person which I think helps if you live like this. I think we can all make those sustainable swaps for sure though!

  3. I love that you creatively use your old clothes to make into things like headbands and rags! I have a big garden, and love putting down cardboard as well as old sheets to help control weeds in the paths. I also love supporting local farmers in myVirginia area by buying what I cannot grow enough of from local farms. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Great post with some lovely ideas. I never eat fruits and veg that aren’t in season – they don’t taste right and it’s pointless. I am trying to make steps to be more eco friendly and live more sustainably!


  5. I’ve been reducing, reusing and recycling and I’m really trying to do it often this year. There are so many ways to live a self-sufficient lifestyle and I think doing one thing at a time is the best way to step into this lifestyle. Loved these helpful tips! Thanks for sharing xx

  6. Such a great read! Right now, it’s a little more challenging to have a self-sufficient lifestyle since we live in the city in a townhome and have to rely on a lot of other factors for our life. BUT we’re getting ready to move to a rural area and own a home and I know that will make a huge difference in the way we live. I’m looking forward to more sustainability options and such!

  7. I would love to follow a self-sufficient lifestyle, and I think I have the minimalism part down at least. I hate having things I don’t use and don’t NEED haha. It probably hurts me in some ways but it does help in many other ways. Great post!

    1. Yeah I am the same, I look at some things like “why do I actually have this” and it does definitely help in many ways! Thank you ☺️

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