Mess/time/motivation ratio

I guess I could sit here and work out some clever formula to calculate this ratio but I just don’t have the time.

Again my choice of a slow, simple life brings me a conundrum.

I used to live in the city where school and shops were closer, I had domestic help to clean my house and clothes, as well as an automatic washing machine and dishwasher. I had someone to do my gardening. I even had help most days with the cooking. I could buy pretty things too.

Now I still work a full day, my driving distances are further to school and shops, I do my own cleaning, wash dishes by hand, and I have a twin tub washing machine that demands a little more attention than an automatic. I also have to do the garden although, because it is mostly wild, this just entails keeping the pool clean and sweeping the paving and of course my vegetable garden. I also do the cooking.  On top of all this I am now doing way more art, learning to make cheese and grow food and make things from scratch.

Autumn + bush + sand + storm + a swimming pool = mess



So now I sit and wonder why I thought I had a hectic life?  What did I do besides my job?  Why was I always looking for a better way of life?

I would never have thought that all the washing and cleaning and cooking would make me a happier person but it has. I am financially poorer and way busier albeit in a very beautiful part of the world. Things that never appealed to me take up much of my day – and I am happier for it. I am physically much more active and I can look back at everything I do with a sense of achievement and satisfaction.  It’s a busy, very basic life – and its good.

I have had to make some concessions – I live with a little more dust, and my cottages only get a good cleaning once a week.  Some weekends I skip some tasks, and they just have to wait. It’s about being more flexible too.

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7 thoughts on “Mess/time/motivation ratio

  1. Your cottages get a good cleaning once a week? My dusty house gets a good cleaning once a year, as I do each room thoroughly every few months!! As you say, its about being flexible. Also making time for the moment when it is special: once missed they do not come again.

    Glad you are content with the change in lifestyle, well done, a brave decision:)

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  2. A long time ago, when I lived out bush, 100 miles from anywhere, the rare visitor would ask what I did all day…but the days were filled with basics tasks of living off the grid.
    I milked goats, grew vegies, baked bread, spun wool, did other handicrafts, wrote letters – days were well and truly full! Maybe the only thing that is ‘slow’ about a lifestyle like this is the time it takes to do something – such as washing clothes. And that does leave time for reflection, a precious thing that is often not available to those living a faster life. I reckon the way to survive the changing times is to be flexible, and that puts you ahead of the crowd. Well done!

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  3. Great post Jackie. The happiness may be to do with the fact that you are doing more stuff for yourself + those you love, rather than for the corporate bosses + customers.
    Fewer external expectations = less pressure = more happiness?
    Just a thought…..
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Sue

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  4. From where I sit, you are living a life most of us only dare to dream about. I told many of my fellow travelers about you, your life, and your blog and the response was universal – how incredibly strong and brave you must be.

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