When I was pregnant and fielding the usual “oooh, let’s get you baby clothes! Yay, tiny clothes for babies!” comments, I had one simple rule: Until Chipmunk is old enough to care about what she wears, All Pink Will Be Donated. This was a personal choice based on the fact that I just really, really don’t like pink. Especially the washed-out, anaemic pink that so many baby clothes come in.
Now that Chipmunk’s older (she’ll be three in a few weeks – how did THAT happen?!) the “no pink” rule has well and truly fallen by the wayside. She adores pink, and red, and black, and just about any colour, really. It depends on the day. (Right now she’s wearing a fluoro pink swim top and a pink/red skirt with red flowers on it.) Continue reading “Why I Hate Electronic Toys”
Much to my constant irritation, we live in an apartment with wall to wall carpets. With a toddler. And a chronic asthmatic. We’ve needed a decent vacuum cleaner for years, and I’ve put off buying one for various reasons.
Keeping a home isn’t the same as keeping a job. The world of paid work gives you almost constant reminders of what you have and haven’t achieved – and thus validation. Home making has none of that. It’s hard and messy and often lonely, too. There’s no manager to keep you on track – you ARE the manager. Your employees are all shorter than you and make all sorts of ridiculous demands in return for their wage.
They are also, paradoxically, your customers, and by God you’d better keep them happy. They love you and irk you by equal turns. These customers think they’re always right. And they get crabby when you tell them no.
Following on from Wednesday’s post, here’s how I sort out my day and keep track of all the things I need to get done as a house-spouse/parent/writer/awesome Crunchy Squirrel.
My daily To-Do list used to be miles long and I never got anything done. After I discovered the 4 Hour Work Week, though, I promptly switched to the uber-short list recommended there. Here’s what some previous To-Do’s I wrote look like:
This is the main use my 3″ square Post-its get. I write with Sharpie, Connector pen, or some other chunky marker. This serves two purposes.
I’m sure I’m not the only one in the world who struggles to keep some semblance of order in the chaos of my daily life. Herein lies the process I’ve been using to streamline my life and increase the amount of happiness I get from the stuff I do and own. I’ll break down the process itself for you, and then follow up with my answers. Ready? Continue reading “Choice Minimalism in Action”