Ten years in, and if there’s a homestead mistake to be made, well, we’ve made it.
From poisoning my garden, to rebuilding a certain fence line two separate times, to more kitchen disasters than I can count, our journey into this modern homesteading life hasn’t been without a whole lot of mess ups.
While I am a big believer in the power of failure, I also think sometimes it is nice to be able to learn from other folks’ mistakes, rather than having to make them all yourself.
And so, may I present to you in all of their slightly embarrassing glory:
Our Top 5 Biggest Homestead Mistakes
Mistake #1: Not building things right the first time… Our frugality definitely got the best of us here and actually ended costing us MORE money in the long run.
Mistake #2: Thinking homesteading would save us money. This can be true in some instances (such as vegetable gardening) but not so much when it comes to dairy animals or even chickens.
Mistake #3: Thinking too small. We had a hard time thinking past what was right in front of us, which has caused us a lot of extra work over the years.
Mistake #4: The comparison trap… this is a tough one, especially with the prevalence of social media. I still struggle with this occasionally, but it’s so much easier just to stay in your lane… The grass really isn’t greener on the other side!
Mistake #5: Trying to do ALL THE THINGS, all at once. Christian and I have slightly intense personalities, which can be a good thing, but it can also cause a lot of stress when we bite off more than we can chew, which happens frequently.
Watch the above video for the inside scoop on all 5 of these homesteading mistakes, plus a bonus mistake that we didn’t necessarily make, but a LOT of people do!
Other Homesteading Blog Posts You’ll Like:
- Old Fashioned On Purpose: It’s More Than Just Chickens & Canning
- How Two City Kids Became Homesteaders
- Top 6 Money Principles for Homesteaders
- On Homesteading Stereotypes and Such
- The World’s WORST Homesteader
Listen to the Old Fashioned On Purpose podcast episode #13 on this topic HERE.