Permaculture Plus Houskeeping

Everything You Know About Homemaking Is Wrong

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Everything that you know about homemaking is wrong. We're taught that homemaking is hard work, that you need to pour hours of thought, decision-making, and old-fashioned hard labor into creating a comfortable home for you and your family. This is nonsense. Read the pages on this site, absorb their principles, and you'll find that homemaking can be pleasant, bone-meltingly cozy, easy, fun, and - this is important - fast or perceptually non-existent.

If you find homemaking arduous, you need to stop your old habits and methods in their tracks. Nip those suckers right in the bud.

Then replace them with the genius hacks, new lenses, and time-saving methods that you'll discover here.

You're welcome.

The shift begins when you realize that you can design your homemaking strategy around the design precepts of permaculture.

“Wait, how does permaculture relate to homemaking? I thought that permaculture was a gardening thing.” - You, to me. I know, right? But the permaculture method moves far beyond a rain barrel here and a cob house there. It’s a fascinating and versatile and, like, super effective design method - especially when it comes to living systems. Your dwelling is a living system. It is such a lovely idea to apply permaculture concepts to your homemaking routine, because permaculture can only make things more easy and more pleasant.

If your daily homemaking routine takes more than fifteen conscious minutes, you're doing it wrong. Seriously, homemaking is not a focus for life. It's a means to an end - you want cozy moments with your loved ones, exciting adventures, and special days that linger in your memory. You definitely don't want to spend your time scrubbing the tub while your kids scream.

If you seriously grok the principles in this four-step daily routine, you'll be liberated. You'll be able to use all of your newfound time to live the life you most want to live. Knock these suckers out of the park (and lose your old methods in the dust) and you'll find that you've become a sort of gosh-darned slacker housekeeping genius.

This is a simple, four-step routine that is unlike any routine that you’ve ever seen. Forget traditional methods of house keeping, this actually works - by solving long-term problems and preventing burnout. Plus it is, as described, very gentle. It’s all about self care.

You can change your life in seven days. Spending your days locked into the obligations of chores and housework is an unnecessary and foolish drain on the rich, vibrant life you could be living. If you take this challenge - which is actually very little work - your perception of homemaking will change. Your tactics will become sounder. You'll be thinking with vastly more clarity. Read on.

Soften the edges in your home using fierce little techniques over the next seven days. You’ll eliminate barriers to serenity, lessen your workload, and allow spaciousness and gentleness to flow through your home. You might find a journal helpful (or get your free printable).

For the next seven days, cultivate the art of synergy by slowing down and being a Sherlock. See what tiny little changes you can make that optimize your home for pleasure, joy, and contentment. Then come see me on Twitter and tell me how your seven days went! Look beyond the fold for tips to educate yourself.

If you're not feeling up to a massive permaculture design project, allow me to help you get some beauty rest. The easy but eye-opening tips just below are super actionable. They're quick to implement. And they'll drastically reduce the amount of clutter in your home.

If you follow these tips, your house will become calmer, cozier, and homey. Don’t confuse following quick and dirty tips with being a permaculture plus houskeeping designer - you won’t be doing that kind of rigorous design work. But you will see marked improvements with very little work, and what’s not to like about that? Laziness is my jam.

If you’re aware of the fact that you’re cleaning, something has gone horribly wrong. Cleaning isn’t supposed to be an hour or two a day of concious effort. That’s crazy town. No one wants to live their life that way. No. We want romance. We want the Bahamas. We don’t want to be stuck at a kitchen sink with a rag in our hand, bored out of our mind and soggy with depression.

That’s where cleaning via automatic pilot comes in. If you wrangle your habits with enough cleverness, you can be free of the conscious grind forever.


Oh, and also, there are other benefits to Automatic Backburner Cleaning.

For example, cleaning via automatic pilot doesn’t deplete your will power and it frees up your conscious mind for more interesting things. So that’s already a win. But wait! There’s more.

Get ready to undo decades of cultural brainwashing. Old Motto: Hard Work Is Good For You! UGH. Toss that moldy, unhelpful sucker right on the scrap heap. New motto time! Our motto: Lazy is a Good Thing!

Wait, why?

Because you deserve better than a life of mind-numbing, finger-callousing drudgery, that’s why.

Our goal? To render house cleaning mostly unconscious - so you have the freedom to do other things. Automaticity is the name of the game here - and Automatic Backburner Cleaning via Habit Formation is our silver bullet.

Designate a place for everything, put everything in its place, and have a process for taking care of it.

Bring permaculture design out of the garden and into the laundry room. Or kitchen. Or wherever. You’re a busy person. House cleaning is hard. Here, without further ado, is the Permaculture Plus Houskeeping Manifesto.

If you want to distill the whole process into one easy-to-use mental soundbite, here it is in four steps.

Every step is simple, but you’ve got to rewire your brain to undo the years of damage that conventional wisdom has done to it over the years. Shake yourself free, see past the illusions, and get to solving your actual problems.

Aww, lookit the puppy. Oh, Snoogums.

At last, you are validated!

Permaculture is based on three ethical values: Take Care of Our Planet, Take Care of Each Other, and Share Your Extra. These three core ethical values comprise the ethos of Permaculture Plus Houskeeping. Here’s the first: Take Care of Our Planet

Permaculture is based on three ethical values: Take Care of Our Planet, Take Care of Each Other, and Share Your Extra. These three core ethical values comprise the ethos of Permaculture Plus Houskeeping. Here’s the second: Take Care of Each Other

Permaculture is based on three ethical values: Take Care of Our Planet, Take Care of Each Other, and Share Your Extra. These three core ethical values comprise the ethos of Permaculture Plus Houskeeping. Here’s the third: Share Your Extra

Believe it or not, the first step in Permaculture Plus Houskeeping is to avoid binging on housework and to simply relax. How can this be? I’ll tell you how it, um, be!

Ease and comfort, babies, ease and comfort - and detective work.

Acceptance and neutrality are critical. You’re like an anthropologist observing a newly contacted tribe - don’t judge, and don’t interfere, but do gather data. Gather data like the wind.