Permaculture Plus Houskeeping Manifesto Fundamental: Promote an Eclectic Mishmosh

So much for Italian Renaissance Style or French Tudor. A Permaculture Plus Home is, as part of its intrinsic nature, eclectic AF. And that’s a good thing.

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Permaculture Plus Houskeeping Design Tip: Let Your Decor Be An Artifact of Who You Are and How You Live Your Life

Don’t you dare decide in advance which name brand style of decor your home is going to affect. Balderdash. Life is not about keeping up with the Joneses, and neither is home decor. It’s about supporting your hobbies and homelife. You’ll want the tools you use for your hobbies close at hand, supplies for living, and a place for everything. There’s nothing French Renaissance about that. Patooey!

You’ll find, as items slowly enter your home, that they reflect your journey through life - who you are as a person, what you like, and how you live. It’s up to you to decide if that’s who you want to be, but usually it’s a very, very good thing - authentically you and uniquely beautiful.

Permaculture Plus Houskeeping Design Tip: Revel in the Mismatched

Trying to get plates, chairs, and napkins to match is cumbersome and stressful. Let it go. Mismatched items come easily at second hand stores (which is good if we’re trying out the shopping principles) and the play among them as they interrelate to each other on the table or in the room can be stunning, interesting, or whimsical. Relax into mismatchery. It’s fun and it unburdens your from a whole subsection of the subjugating and oppressive politics of propriety. Propriety is for the birds. Patooey again! Patooey on Propriety! Pluses to Permaculture! But, I… I get off-course…

Permaculture Plus Houskeeping Design Tip: Delight in the Homemade

Let go of the big box stores. There’s nothing so special as a handmade mug from a local artisan, the quilt that your grandmother made, or the little baby jacket crocheted by your stepmother for your newborn son. Homemade items are songlines of your geography and history. They settle you into the context of place, time, heritage and story. The stylish throw pillow that you can buy at a big box store doesn’t offer that.

As you declutter, prioritize the handmade over the mass-produced, and treasure that connection to personalization and history. Plus, you can make your own cleaning products.

Or use vinegar.

Permaculture Plus Houskeeping Design Tip: Allow for Alternating Periods of Tidiness and Messiness

If you’re thinking that you’re going to learn permaculture design and then never have a messy house again, you’re dead wrong. Life itself is a series of unpleasant events and pleasant events, alternating. And that’s how it’s supposed to be. Similarly, house cleaning is an input into a living system. Your home is *lived in.* It’s going to be messy sometimes. But not to worry. If you’ve designed processes, behaviors, and object synergies, you’ll have a much easier time restoring your dwelling to tidiness. Relax into the groove. Just make sure that you eventually pick up and restore after a period of lying fallow and letting the mess grow.

Permaculture Plus Houskeeping Design Tip: Never Allow Propriety to Get in the Way of your Ease, Comfort, and Productivity

Propriety is an oppressive force. Reject it. Consideration, warmth, and helpfulness are good. Propriety for propriety’s sake is subjugating nonsense. Never let it get in the way of resting easy, creating a comfortable spot in which your soul will thrive, or building structures to support your productivity. I don’t care what Great Aunt Mildred will think, or that snob from uptown. Make your place your own, according to what your heart desires - not your copy of *insert glossy for-profit magazine here*.

Perfectionism is sneaky. And insidious. And bad for you.

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