Central Valley Preppers

Spreading Self-Reliance Lifestyle Awareness

Easy Steps To Become More Self-Reliant

There are hundreds of small steps anyone can take to become more self sufficient. More popular, easy to do self sufficient living tips include:

  • Growing a garden and eating more produce you have personally harvested.
  • Planting fruit trees for a personal orchard.
  • Building a compost bin to recycle household waste to use as mulch and fertilizer for the garden, flowerbeds, and lawn.
  • Recycling leaves and grass clippings as mulch or part of compost.
  • Saving seeds from the previous year’s harvest to grow next year’s garden.
  • Building a rain barrel to collect rainwater for lawn and garden irrigation.
  • Installing solar panels with batteries to provide abundant household energy.
  • Adding skylights and large, energy efficient windows to take advantage of natural light.
  • Choosing a solar water heater or solar oven to replace inefficient appliances.
  • Learning basic appliance, car, and home repairs and maintenance to save time and money to keep items in good repair for a longer time period.
  • Using a clothesline instead of a gas or electric dryer.
  • Recycling paper products for reuse at home as scrap paper, homemade paper, packaging materials, pet bedding, and more.
  • Choosing reusable grocery bags instead of disposable ones, and reusing store bags as trash bags.
  • Growing indoor herbs for fresh recipe seasoning.
  • Opting for reusable cloth diapers that can be handed down to multiple children.
  • Learning to repair and sew new clothing and linens.
  • Learning basic culinary preservation skills such as canning or making fruit preserves to support a larger harvest.
  • Choosing to walk or bike to work or on errands instead of using a motorized vehicle.
  • Choosing a low flow toilet or composting toilet to conserve water.
  • Choose energy efficient light bulbs and appliances to minimize the need for electricity.
  • Using a manual push lawn mower instead of electric or gas powered models.
  • Buying products locally to minimize the resources necessary to bring them to market and to support others interested in self sufficiency.
  • Starting your own business to become economically self sufficient instead of relying on an employer.
  • Developing natural beauty without depending on cosmetics, hair dye, and other products.
  • Choosing self sufficient recreation such as camping, hiking, or other low impact activities that do not require extensive travel or elaborate assistance to enjoy.