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!
Because you deserve better than a life of mind-numbing, finger-callousing drudgery, that’s why.
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.
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Seriously one of the nicest things you could ever do for yourself.
It’ll give you more time to snuggle. These two kitties look like they were caught in the act!
The Permaculture Plus Houskeeping Manifesto
- Take care of our planet
- Take care of each other
- Share your extra
- Slow down and be a Sherlock
- Embrace baby steps and micro-habits
- Design solutions based on behavioral patterns
- Promote an eclectic mishmosh
- Cultivate synergy
- Collect leftovers and momentum
- Be able to use what you have
- Leverage the edges
- Rejigger your approach based on feedback
- Reuse, recycle, repair, and renew
- Go waste-free
- Use change as a catalyst for innovation
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Okay, here goes.
Permaculture design concepts have proven themselves in the garden. Magical food forests, herb spirals, rain gardens, and oh, so much more, have begun to ooze across the land. But permaculture isn’t just for people who get all bubbly and bright-eyed when you discuss micro-organisms in the soil.
It’s also a powerful design system.
And, like most powerful design systems, you can apply it to just about any question or challenge.
If you’re like me, cleaning house is a challenge. The ever-present grind of dish-washing. The ongoing laundry crises. (When was the last time you ran out of clean underwear? Did you opt to suffer a re-wear of smelly pantaloons or did you go commando? Inquiring minds want to know.)
GOOD NEWS EVERYBODY!
Permaculture can help you.
It comes pretty naturally to think of gardens as living systems. (That’s what permaculture is, by the way - a way of designing for living systems.) But it comes much less naturally to think of your house-mess as a living system.
Okay, I grant you, your items themselves - the piles of socks, the unwashed blender, the quivering tower of stacked up magazines - they don’t constitute a living system.
But life within your home? The actions and existence of you and any others who live in your home with you? The patterns of habits and energy expenditures? Those most def count as a living system.
And since it’s a living system - voila - you can use permaculture to design yourself into a tidy home.
It is very nice indeed to have unexpected company drop by when your house smells nice and isn’t cluttered. No red-faced embarrassment over the stink coming from you garbage can, or the pile of tissues mixed with socks and old underwear under your computer desk.
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If you’re a methodical sort, I recommend working through each of the design steps in turn, as each technique feeds the next - synergy happens. If you’re feeling a bit more intuitive and dabble-y, just jump in anywhere and start experimenting. It’s all good. Fair warning though - going through the steps in order, or at least understanding all of the steps well, will help you avoid making costly mistakes. Therefore, I recommend that you read up on all of the techniques - the ethos and the fundamentals - before you get started.
The first three steps in the Permaculture Plus Houskeeping Manifesto are the ethos of this method. They provide the ethical framework that holds it all together. In fact, you can just apply the first three steps - the ethos of Permaculture Plus Houskeeping - and make a huge change in the happiness and sustainability of your home. In fact, you can take these first three steps of the manifesto (and any of the others, really) and apply them to any design challenge or question that you have and see wonderful results.
The rest of the steps in the Permaculture Plus Houskeeping Manifesto - steps four through fifteen - are the fundamentals of the Permaculture Plus Houskeeping Manifesto. The first two - Slow Down and be a Sherlock and Embrace Baby Steps and Micro-Habits - are critical. They’ll keep you from missing important information and stave off burnout. The rest of the steps continue to guide your design plan, step-by-step until your house cleaning is basically running itself and you’re free to do all of those fabulous things that a normal round of house cleaning would prevent.
Permaculture Plus Houskeeping: Quick and Dirty Tips
Time management is a fascinating field of study, and I’ve broken it down for you - especially with regard to the ways in which it relates to housework.
Navigation: Permaculture Plus Houskeeping Basics, The Intersection of House Cleaning and Permaculture Design Theory, Take Care of Our Planet, Take Care of Each Other, Share Your Extra, Slow Down and Be a Sherlock, Embrace Baby Steps and Micro-Habits, Design Solutions Based on Behavioral Patterns, Promote an Eclectic Mishmosh, Cultivate Synergy, Collect Leftovers and Momentum, Be Able to Use What You Have, Leverage the Edges, Rejigger Your Approach Based on Feedback, Reuse Recycle Repair Renew, Go Waste-Free, Use Change as a Catalyst for Innovation, Luminaries of the Permaculture World, Quick and Dirty Tips, Perfectionism is Not Your Friend, Shopping, Habit Formation, Time Management, Lazy is a Good Thing, Why Houskeeping
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