Permaculture Plus Houskeeping Homemaking Tutorial

Here are a few simple steps that you can take to turn your house into a cozy, comfortable home.

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Basics

When you get right down to it, what does it take to make a house a home? Well, if you get right down to it, a house becomes a home when you have - not to put too fine a point on it - snacks. Snacks are so delicious, hygge, and comforting. In permaculture gardening, designers catch a yield by harvesting fruits, vegetables, and tubers from their gardens. In your home, you can provide lavish amounts of yummy food for your family and friends. You can support your mission to go waste-free by reusing your scraps and bits-and-bobs of whatnot to create heirloom crafts. Your bedrooms can become restful, cozy sanctuaries. You can rearrange your furniture and create a gathering nook. By nurturing hygge, finding reasons to celebrate, and making a space in which you can be your own imperfect/lovable/quirky self, you’ll turn your dwelling into a space that you can call your very own home sweet home.

Put Food By

Always be storing food for later. I love to store food in individual containers and freeze them. Then I can always microwave a meal when I’m too sick or obsessed with a project to cook. Making stovetop jam is an obsession (it’s not as hard as it sounds), and canning, dehydrating, and pickling foods create larders that are delicious and uniquely your own.

Reuse Your Scraps With Heirloom Crafts

Little slips of paper can be folded into tiny gifts via origami skills. An odd skein of yarn can become a crocheted hat. A broken vase can become a mosaic. Being a permaculturalist isn’t just about technical design work. It’s also about cultivating beauty and innovating creative solutions.

Cozy Up the Bedrooms

Air out your bed in the morning so the sweat dries out by night fall. Open your windows to let in fresh air a few hours before bedtime. Keep the floor clear so you don’t stumble on your way to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Keep extra blankets nearby so you can cuddle up when you get cold - and clear away any clutter, office work, electronic devices (including televisions) so you can get your beauty rest when you’re in your boudoir.

Create a Gathering Nook

A table, a few board games, a deck of cards, and a jar of healthy snacks - that’s all it takes to effortlessly gather people together in community. Create a gathering nook in your home and you’ll have memories for years to come.

Nurture Hygge Living

Whenever you can, choose cozy over impressive. Prioritize resting over rushing. Cultivate simple pleasures, enjoy your meals, and keep sweaters, slippers, and a stack of books close at hand.

Find Reasons to Celebrate

Every once in a while, check a calendar and make note of upcoming special occasions. Think beyond the winter holiday and birthdays. Is there an eclipse coming up? An equinox or solstice? What about a graduation, a new baby, or the anniversary of a beloved friendship? Find reasons to celebrate and gather people in your home to toast the happy occasion.

Shun the Pretentious and Promote the Authentic

Home is when you can let the facade fade. Who are you, really? Are you secretly a fan of the Twilight series? Do you really, really, really like bears? (I like bears.) Are you vulnerable, funny, grieving, nerdy, or a nature girl? Do you hate mainstream culture or do you dig being basic? It’s all good. Just make sure that in your home, you have a place to be exactly who you are - and to be supported, loved, and nurtured in all of your weird-ass glory. (Same thing goes for anyone else who lives there.)

Not just the nicest favor you can do for yourself, this challenge is also a pleasant way to ease into permaculture design.

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Cosmic rainbow kitten is totally correct.

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