1bandar.id touched on this topic a little in a different off the grid article. Home-insteading, another way I use the term Homesteading. When I lived in a metropolitan suburb, it was affectionately called a “bedroom community” a term I didn’t know until I lived there. What it means is that the people who live there, use their suburban homes just to sleep in because their jobs, their commutes, and their activities keep them away more than they are “home.”
I now ask, why go into debt purchasing a suburban home if you are never there, never living in it, only out of it? The suburban home is design to be maintenance free, because no one is ever there to take care of it. You own a home but you are never there, its kind of oxymoronic. You hire landscape companies to mow your awn and trim your trees, the homes have vinyl siding and the rain keeps it clean. Developers take down all the indigenous trees and plant neat little rows of dwarf trees that hardly shed a leaf so you don’t have to rake. A waste management company handles the garbage, conveniently sorting the recyclables for you. If you live in a gated community, well, good for you. But these suburban homes and communities serve their purpose to that lifestyle.
A homestead on the other hand, takes lots of maintenance and you choose to stay home, instead of commuting and pursuing your recreations elsewhere. You choose to stay home and develop your property yourself, growing a garden, composting your waste, what you can’t compost you drive to the dump yourself, instead of paying for all the convenience contractors. You stay home, stocking up on resources and provisions for a year of living off the grid, instead of commuting to a job that pays you a wage that numerous taxes minimize before you pay your living expenses for things you take for granted and at the end of the month wonder where your income went. Homesteading, or rather Home-insteading is an alternative choice from the mainstream suburban lifestyle.
The contrasts to be considered would take more than the word limit allows for this article. I’ve lived both lifestyles, started off the grid homesteading at the age of 50. I’ll never go back to mainstream urban living. What does that tell you about the differences?