I’m sure anyone starting to prep/get self reliant have read plenty of articles of you should do…. I try not to do that as this is my journey though other people might find a few things that work for them and their preping/self reliance journey. There are always trade offs and the choices are not easy ones. Money and time are the two biggest considerations for me that crop up and try to bite me in the butt. The other is do I take the time and money to do it right or do I make do and sort of half-ass the project but get it it done fast?
The answer is it depends on your situation. Almost every prep site I have been to recommends using 5 gallon food safe buckets for food storage. What if you are handicapped and you can only lift a 1-3 pound food bucket. Or if you are like me and you want to store years worth of food? Why not use a 55 gallon food safe barrel. A 5 gallon food safe pail is a good compromise. But it once again proves one size does not fit all!
I’m not against homesteaders that have 10 plus acres and tractors, a well but I’m in a small city with .16 acres and using raised beds. Should a person in a small apartment not prep and only be told get out of the city and buy land? I don’t think that is a good answer.
I have a small house 1200 square feet. That may seem large to some people, but I’m starting plants on small kitchen table and some of the planter boxes are mini-green houses for year round growing. Yes, I want to build a greenhouse for year round growing but I’m impressed how many veggies I can start and grow in the little mini-greenhouse that fit on a small 3 foot x 2 foot table.
What I really recommend is to start and think “outside” the box as preppers are people and tend to follow trends even if they might not be the best solution for all people. There is nothing wrong with taking people’s advice and learning from their mistakes. You also have to take action and make mistakes and learn from those mistake. Be brave enough to fail and don’t beat yourself up about failing that is how you learn.
One of the phrases I hate is I can’t… Well I could never slam dunk a basketball but I was a good 3 point shooter, plus I like playing basketball. I wasn’t a homerun hitter in softball or baseball but I was a darn good catcher. Don’t try to be perfect, the last perfect man they hung on a cross. Just try for good enough and learn from your mistakes.