When we first thought about homesteading and growing our own food, we owned 50 acres and a huge house. We had a nice sized garden, horses, cats, dogs, and big dreams. At that was it.
Luckily, reality hit and we realized that in order to make our homesteading dreams come true, we had to downsize. That’s right. Downsize. Dramatically. Long story short, we sold the house and land and moved to another state. We now own 8 acres (half is wooded) and a very humble home. Nothing fancy here.
Does that mean YOU have to sell and downsize–no. It just means we did. We had decided I was to stay home with our two kids, homeschool, and take my time building a work-at-home career. And we couldn’t be happier with our decision.
However, our approach was dramatic. MOST families choose to stay at their current location and jobs while slowly building their sustainable and self-sufficient lifestyle. The skills needed to create this simpler way of living are easily learned, practiced, and perfected even while living in the middle of a big city, in a neighborhood, even in an apartment. You DO NOT have to have lots of land, or even a small amount of land. If, over time, you decide your path is leading towards a move, then by all means, move. Just don’t make the mistake of thinking this lifestyle requires country living.
In fact, the important thing to remember is that the self-sufficient, sustainable lifestyle is more about a mindset of living in a way that is sustainable–meaning it is a lifestyle that can be repeated on a daily basis while maintaining a healthy quality of life.