I consider self-sufficiency to be an underlying tenet of decrappification. For some this means an ability to exist totally without depending upon anyone or anything. That’s a bit ascetic for me. Rather, I view self-sufficiency as being able to maintain my home by myself as much as possible. I’m not above asking for (or hiring) help but I would rather not rely upon having to do so.
For example, I am perfectly able to do my own plumbing, carpentry, roofing, house painting, and so on instead of hiring somebody else. In fact the only thing I have hired out was installing the LP gas line in my house a few years ago, because after all, “boom”; and residential wiring.
I have never been sanguine about doing my own wiring although I know intellectually that it’s pretty straight forward. As it turns out I’m on vacation next week, so I am going to get myself a good instruction book and install a new 4 way dryer plug.
If I can learn to wire I will be just that much more self-sufficient. Plus I will be able to use the over and under washer/dryer I’ve had for several years but never used, and get rid of an old laundry machine that is likely older than me. I will also reduce my possessions-by only one item granted, but it’s a physically big one!