Whether you are an SDA (Single Domestic Adminsitrator) or a PDA (Partnered Domestic Administrator), managing a household tends to follow some basic tenets or laws. My DA laws are dynamic. According to Merriam – Webster, dynamic is marked by usual and continuous productive activity and change. I don’t know about you, but my DA duties are continually changing in scope and practice! And who really wants to partake in unproductive activities? So here are my 12 Dynamic Laws of Domestic Administration.
1. Just like exercise equipment, you aren’t going to use the expensive electric ice cream maker if you have it covered with books, magazines and other clutter.
2. Creating meals from leftovers sometimes begets more leftovers. Embrace the creativity.
3. Even though we live in a land of plenty, it’s really NOT okay to waste food.
4. Self-interest is an acceptable core value as long as you put away some of the savings and give to others. Which leads us to:
Give to Grow. Share and Care. Create Compassionate Connections.
5. Just like trying to lose weight, the only way to know where your money goes is to log your expenses every day.
6. The only way to know how long it takes to do a task is to actually measure it. Really, your mind is not THAT good at estimating time.
7. Be kind to yourself. It’s OK to occasionally treat yourself with a special splurge.
8. The best way to take care of others is not to be a burden to others. Manage yourself first.
9. Be honest with yourself. Do you really need five kinds of cheeses in the cheese bin at one time?
10. Domestic Administration is a job. Take a rest – exercise – sleep – and refresh your mind for the next spreadsheet and “to do” list.
11. Patience. Small wins. Perseverance. A better mousetrap. All lead to a few nickels, dimes and quarters over a day. A couple of dollars a day X 365 > $500.
12. Be green. Try at least. Do you really think the earth is going to last for your great-great grandchildren in 2100 at the rate we are using it up?
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