Once again I feel I need to write about garbage.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Got a messy house? You can painlessly clean it over time by doing it during commercials. Here's how: When you're watching TV in the evening just get up during the commercials and do one thing or part of one thing at a time. Here are some examples: load the dishwasher, wash pots and pans, vacuum a room, dust a room, put in a load of laundry, etc. If you do this every night, you'll see your house start to turn around. While you watch TV you can fold laundry or clean out a drawer. Of course, If you get your family members to help your house will be cleaner sooner!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
When company's coming, it's an emergency clean up you'll need. You may not have time to do the greatest job on the whole house but here are some tricks. First, contain your guests to the main floor of your house. This may not work if they've never been to your house because they may want a tour. If that is the case, they at least won't be looking into your closets. This is triage....ready?
Start at the top of the house with a laundry basket - no you're not going to do laundry because you don't have time. Shove the laundry into the closet and close the door along with any other clutter you find. Then dust, vacuum, put the garbage and snack dishes into the laundry basket and move to the next room. When you reach the kitchen load the dishwasher, wash the floor and take out the trash. Go to the store and get some flowers and easy food. You can get some ideas on my earlier post Minimalist Entertaining: Horsdeorves.
Of course, this sort of clean won't last long so hopefully your guests' visit won't either! My next post will be about painless ways to keep your house together on a daily basis.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
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Occasionally I have to do my job..... Thanks friends! The Minimalist
Monday, July 7, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
If you're wondering about why I am interviewing an artist for my Minimalistic Lifestyle blog, it because this particular artist not only lives such lifestyle but her art is created from found objects she finds at the local dump in rural Vermont. Talk about sustainability!
Self Taught Artist:
Interesting question. Honestly, what is important (to me) about found art is that it is abundant and usually free. That is important because I have to watch my money. It gets me out of the house and out of my head. It frees me up from trying to make art like everyone else. I'm not a trained artist, I can't pretend I know what I am doing. Found objects compliment my way of being an artist in that everything is open to interpretation. It doesn't have to “be” or “mean” anything. It is very freeing and challenging to work with objects that aren't SUPPOSED to be used this way or that way. As far as 'how we relate to what were told is no longer useful' ~
I believe that seems to be challenged and changing rapidly. If anything the opposite seems to be happening yes? EVERYTHING is useful now. It is like some human life game, find the garbage and make it useful. Who can do it first. Who can do it fast. I'm not really into the environmental aspect of it, there is just a part of me that enjoys finding use for things that aren't obvious. I am aware of all the waste, there is a parallel line right next to the whole green living thing, and that line is about just being resourceful for the sake of not living a 'leaky life'. Letting things clutter, wasting your energy or the planet's energy isn't efficient on so many levels regardless of if there IS enough oil or air. It is satisfying to not need the ac blasting and to FEEL. We are always trying to feel something other than what we feel. If it is hot you want to cool off. If it is cold you want to heat up. We spend so much time trying to feel or not feel that we aren't even living.
I find my life works better if I have less to do and worry about. Less to keep up, less to clean. The less you have to deal with the easier it is to deal with yourself. I don't want to be distracted from living my life. So many things can do that. Too much sleep, food, alcohol, running around, buying, doing. I'm earnestly searching for a way to live my best life. Keeping it simple. Not buying into the 'American dream'. Peeling off all those layers that society and life foists upon you to the point of being one fat stinky onion. Who are we once you let go of what you are told to think/do/be? What if you didn't know about race/religion/politics/ what if you didn't have all that music in your head....what if you were born and raised without so much want and need? Without judgment and comparisons?
Friday, July 4, 2008
As I write this it is not yet 8:00 Am and I'm thinking there are lots of folks stressing about entertaining today. It's easy. It's all in the set up. Here are my tips:
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
This is a continuation of my conversation with a woman , The Self Taught Artist who gave up most of her possessions to go where ever life took her and ended up being an artist.
What things were important enough to keep?
Self Taught Artist:
The things I took with me were: camping gear, some pencils and paper, two little bags of clothes, and some personal papers. I have a small car so the camping stuff filled it up. I have to laugh, I actually took a small space heater because I thought I would be spending winter in a cold place and wanted to not be using much heat. What was I thinking?
So now, four years later all I kept from that storage closet was: a small cone shaped 'touch' lamp, some nice clothes (which don't fit who I am anymore so I took them to the dump,) a back massager, my computer stuff, a few computer books, and that's about it.
I should also ad that getting rid of stuff and going on the road changed my life as much as becoming an artist did. You learn you need less. to this day I use the same one glass, one, bowl...when you camp and live on the road less is better.
When I spent that winter in MN and got an apartment I had nothing and it allowed me to focus on what was important. I’m guilty still of bringing too much with me when i go somewhere, but in comparison it’s nothing and I always get it and laugh that I brought more than I could use/want/need. The paring down of STUFF is something to always be mindful of, because it isn't about the stuff. If you let it, that stuff becomes your master, all too happy to cloud your vision.
When you camped across the country, were you by yourself? Was your boyfriend with you?
I left alone, I didn't have a boyfriend. I met Tod when I landed in Vermont.
Did you make some interesting friends along the way?
Self Taught Artist:
I have to say I met the nicest people on the road: fellow campers, travelers, women who were also artists, (I wasn't but wanted to be) and massage therapists. Some I met while camping, others while holed up in a motel to rest for a week, and some I got to know while living in Minnesota for a winter. I've kept in touch with a handful and they are the beginning point when I look back at my life. They are the people who know me now, who I am, and they seem to accept and embrace me.
Part three in my next entry.