You can change your life in seven days. Spending your days locked into the obligations of chores and housework is an unnecessary and foolish drain on the rich, vibrant life you could be living. If you take this challenge - which is actually very little work - your perception of homemaking will change. Your tactics will become sounder. You'll be thinking with vastly more clarity. Read on.
For the next seven days, cultivate the art of synergy by slowing down and being a Sherlock. See what tiny little changes you can make that optimize your home for pleasure, joy, and contentment. Then come see me on Twitter and tell me how your seven days went! Look beyond the fold for tips to educate yourself.
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What is the 7-Day Cozy Snuggle Challenge?
The 7-Day Synergy Challenge is a focused-but-gentle point of entry for the permaculture design work and process of your homemaking. I know how hard it is to start a permaculture project correctly (which many say involves up to a year of strict observation before action).
This sweet baby is ready for a challenge. Are you?
The 7-Day Cozy Snuggle Challenges gives you a chance to ease in and get your wiggles out while your inspiration is still flowing (without jumping in and doing a blitz of work that might mess up your design flow in the long run).
The goal of the 7-Day Cozy Snuggle Challenge?
- Use the powers of observation (detective-work)
- and synergy enhancement between objects and processes (your stuff and inevitable things that happen to them)
- to create a hygge atmosphere, cut your house cleaning load in half, and reduce chore-related friction in your home.
How to Succeed in the the 7-Day Cozy Snuggle Challenge
- Your objective is to save yourself time and energy, so don’t do a lot of work or undertake a massive project. Tiny tweaks are the name of the game! Be gentle to yourself.
- Because it takes much longer to change a behavior via habit formation, focus on two other things:
- Placing objects cleverly
- Working with existing, entrenched, or inevitable process
- If you are wildly inspired to address a behavior (an action driven by conscious thought) make sure to embrace baby steps
- Do as little work as possible; this is all about shifting objects and their relationships to processes in order to:
- Prevent dirt or mess from accumulating in the first place
- Make objects much easier to clean once they’re doing
- Automate the processes by which objects are cleaned
- Create a cozy atmosphere - and foster periods of spaciousness during which you can snuggle and spend quality time with your loved ones.
But what kinds of things should I do?
I thought you might ask. Each of your solutions will be custom-made (by you!) for your own context, affinities, and situations. However, here are some of my personal examples:
- I placed a hamper underneath my sweetie’s desk when I realized that he takes his socks off when he sits down at his computer after work. (This is relating an object to an unconscious behavior. Now he just periodically washes the socks that collect in the hamper as he does the rest of his laundry.)
- I placed a hamper near the front door to collect incoming junk mail. Now the junk mail never makes it past the front stoop and it’s easy to run out to the recycling bin. (This is relating an object to a process. Junk mail is inevitable, but the hamper collects it before it spreads out all over my kitchen table.)
- I use a bookcase to hold my clothes to cultivate one-step putting away. (Now I can put my clean clothes away in a matter of seconds, I can see what I have available to wear at a glance, and my floor is clean because it’s so easy to put things away.)
- Notice that all three solutions use one-step putting away methods. Remove doors, lids, and other hindrances to putting-away and you dissolve a primary barrier. Here are some of the one-step-containment methods that I like the most:
- Open shelves
- Baskets, bins, and hampers
- Jars, buckets, flower pots
What little thing can you try right now? Your life is about to get so much sweeter.
I would love to meet you!
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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