Simple Living Manifesto No. 2: Commitments
Posted on August 16th, 2011
My commitments are:
- Keeping house. I do almost all of the cleaning, laundry, dishes, etc. because M works very long hours. Downsizing has made this much, much easier than it used to be. I no longer feel like I’m struggling to keep up; catch-up is usually just a load of laundry or dishes away. I’m not entirely sure how much time I spend picking up towels or vacuuming, but I’m guessing if you put all my tasks together (and I keep a pretty clean house), it’s maybe 45 minutes to an hour a day. (If you’re interested in national averages, check out this Bureau of Labor Statistics chart.)
- The finances. We trade this back and forth every few years, and I’m just taking it over again. I don’t like doing it, but I do like not worrying about where we are financially, which is what I’ll do when M is handling it.
- Shuttling Pea to school. I do this three times a week. I’ll admit it’s a pain, especially since I tend to take the streetcar at least half the time, which means I have a two hour round trip. (Why? The streetcar is good transition time in the mornings, and I walk a mile on the way back, then read the rest of the way home.)
- Cooking. One of my sources of guilt. I don’t do this as often as I ought, even though it’s cheaper and healthier and so forth. Why? I don’t like cooking day-to-day meals. I’m actually good at cooking; I can do some pretty extraordinary things when I put my mind to it (except a good whole wheat pastry crust – whatever). But it is about as fun for me as, say, scrubbing the shower. Also, I don’t like how much time it takes out of every day. If we could get all our nutrients from one energy bar and a bowl of Cheerios a day, I’d be all for it.
- Enriching our lives. This is social planning, insisting we get out of the house to the zoo, museum, parks, reading books, playing games — the fun stuff, the learning stuff.
- Writing. I do this every free moment I get. I’m writing a novel and working on a proposal for our one-room-living experiment.
- Blogging. I do this when I have energy but not enough mental fortitude/creativity to do “real” writing.
- Responding to blog comments. I don’t always manage to, but I try. I enjoy this interaction a lot (it is the best part of blogging). I learn so much from my commenters, who can often see solutions where I don’t.
- MILP. This is new, once a month, and falls under social connections. I love the MILP ladies; they are my community and demographic, the one I don’t have locally. The idea of hanging out with a bunch of local lawyer moms in person? Um, no. Online? Sign me up! I’ve gotten to know these women over years (via my previous blog) and I love that the community continues to grow.
- Side projects. I have three active side projects which have been getting short shrift. These are all important to me, and I need to make more time for them! Looking at you, Geek Matchmaking, Secret Project 1, and Secret Project 2.
What’s not on this list? My health. Again! I’m sensing a trend.