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
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Permaculture Plus Houskeeping Design Ethos: Time
(The more time you spend out of the house, the less dirty it gets anyway.)
This may be the ultimate house cleaning tactic - get out of the house. And do it to share your time and presence with people or animals who need it. This is a perfect time to be a mentor, to volunteer at a kennel, to teach literacy at a library, to join a church choir, or do something else to help your community. By sharing your extra time you’ll be adding good will and hope to your community and practicing the permaculture design ethic of sharing your extra - in this case, your extra time.
Permaculture Plus Houskeeping Design Ethos: Money
There are bazillions of non-profits out there. That’s why I love Charity Navigator. Pick a non-profit that speaks to you and move on, secure that you’ve chosen a safe bet. I love Heifer International and Doctors Without Borders, but take your pick. Even if you can only afford twenty dollars a month or so (or less), your extra money can make our world a more abundant and caring place.
Permaculture Plus Houskeeping Design Ethos: Talent
If you can sing, offer to sing at a senior living center. If you can paint, offer to paint a mural for a local, independently owned business. If you’re great with kids, offer to babysit for harried parents. If you can math, help out during tax season. Even if your talent isn’t your money-maker, you can still offer it to your community and watch with delight as your gift benefits the people around you.
Permaculture Plus Houskeeping Design Ethos: Stuff
Donate all of the things! In the Take Care of Our Planet section, we talk about going minimalist, and donating your excess stuff is an excellent way to get started. No one wants you to live like a monk in a cell, but it’s true that living with less is a joy. Just ask Francine Jay. Free from the shackles of your stuff, you have less to clean, less to carry, and fewer upkeep costs associated with each object. And while you might not need three dozen warm scarves, there are people out there who could probably use a nice warm scarf to keep them cozy while they’re out and about - but can’t afford to buy one at Big Box Store prices.
Sharing your extra is a habit. Might as well know more about habit formation!
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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Permaculture Plus Houskeeping Footnotes!
You might really enjoy Olafur Palsson’s article: How to Live Much Longer in the Same Number of Years.
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Hmmm, why don’t you give this a (gentle, easy-going) go?
Invite a friend or two to join you…