Permaculture Plus Houskeeping Angle: Automatic Backburner Cleaning

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.

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Permaculture Plus Houskeeping Clarity: Deliberately foster the habit of Automatic Backburner Cleaning

Use what you know about Habit Formation to get this done. Of all of the tools in Permaculture Plus Houskeeping, this is probably the most important. If you have a good organization system in place, Automatic Backburner Cleaning - complete with an embedded if/then sequence for discarding, repairing, or restoring objects - will keep your home humming along behind your back.

What is Automatic Backburner Cleaning? It’s a series of habits that are so deeply ingrained in yours psyche that you have no idea that you’re cleaning. It makes cleaning house as effortless as breathing. For example, I have an Automatic Backburner Cleaning sequence that kicks in as soon as I start to bake - I *must* have a mise en place and I *must* put every ingredient and tool away right after I use it. It’s not virtue. It’s muscle memory and habit.

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Go ahead, take a few baby steps toward freedom.

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