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Self Sustained Living Made Easy

Updated on June 13, 2017
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Melissa obtained her B.S. degree in Natural Resource Management, minoring in Biology. She enjoys creative writing, art, and gardening.

What is Self Sustained Living?

Self sustained, or self sufficient living, is a way of living that allows you to provide primarily for your household. It can be overwhelming when you first think about self sustained living, for instance you may think you need to get solar panels in order to be self sustaining, but I am here to tell you that there are several simple ways to get started being self sufficient without spending a small fortune.

Line Drying Clothes

If you too are interested in living a more self-sufficient lifestyle there are some easy steps you can take to make that happen. For instance, line drying clothes is one of the easiest and fastest ways to becoming more self sufficient. No need to rely on the dryer anymore, especially when it's the summer season, not only will your clothes dry well, but they will feel starched and smell delicious, like sunshine brought indoors and what pray tell is better than that? Not too mention you may even save a little money by skipping the appliance.



I have the perfect self sustaining idea for you with that extra dough you saved by line drying your clothing. Gardening! If you need to start with container gardening until you are ready go for it, or if you are feeling spunky just jump right into it and buy the vegetable/fruit seeds and start planting till your little hearts content! Getting your own food off of the land? Priceless. We are really talking part in self-sustained living now!

Another great way to handle the garden, is to make your own compost, using table scraps and yard debris you'll have a great compost in no time, just be sure to turn it occasionally to keep the creatures happy! This is a great addition to any garden.

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Canning Vegetables/Fruit & Drying Meat

Now that you have this great garden growing, you can start preserving some of those vegetables and fruits to eat outside of their regular growing season by canning. Canning is quite a process and you would do well to read up on it to get it right, but once you've got it down you've got a great way to maintain healthy eating all year round!

It's also a great idea to use a dehydrator and make dehydrated veggies as well as meats to save for the future. These are both great ways to use up the extra veggies without having to worry about them going bad, and to preserve some of that fresh goodness for the winter months.

Hand Wash and Dry Dishes vs. Dishwasher

If you want to save a little money and be a little more self sustaining, then get on board with hand washing your dishes and letting them air dry. It takes a little more work to be self sustaining, but no one ever said this was going to be easy!

Self Sustained Living Better Choices Made Simple

In The Home
Animals, Production
Line Drying vs. Clothes Dryer
Gardening, Container
Chickens, eggs
Canning Vegetables/Fruits
Chickens, meat
Drying Meats
Make Your Own Compost
Chickens, Fertilizer
Hand Wash Dishes vs. Dishwasher


Let's not forget that adding chickens into the mix is an easy way to get closer to a self sustained life. Chickens can produce eggs, meat, and fertilizer all things which we need to help us become more self reliant.

This is probably the priciest of the easy self sustaining tips, however it is one that is worth the money if you can manage it. There is nothing better than the taste of a farm fresh egg, and growing your own chickens for meat means YOU control their diet. And not only do chicken's produce fertilizer to help your gardens, but they will also eat all the scraps of your garden at the end of the year living it cleaned up for the next year!

Sounds like a winning plan to me!


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      Brian Leekley 9 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Good suggestions. My wife and I live in a tiny apartment in a 4-unit building. We have a compost bin behind the dumpster, and we dabble in container gardening.

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      John Hansen 9 months ago from Queensland Australia

      We have lived a semi-self sufficient lifestyle for years, Melissa, and do most of the things you mention even though we have recently moved to town. We always line dry the clothes (unless it is raining) and don't own a dish washer. We also brought our hen's with us so we can continue to get eggs and fertiliser, though we don't kill them for meat. We have a dehydrator and dry fruit and vegetables, and sometimes bottle them. God helpful article to anyone considering self-sufficient living.