I just couldn’t get going this morning which is unlike me and I was able to walk around the house not worrying about the mess everywhere. Every room had stuff all over the floor, including toys, clothes, papers and general clutter. Also the bathrooms needed cleaning and the kitchen was in need of a miracle.
Now it’s the end of the day and I’m glad I only did what was important. First thing this morning I just cuddled the girls on the settee whilst they watched Humf etc. Then to get some energy (and some shopping) I did one of my fast walks to the supermarket. The round trip took me around forty minutes, only stopping for ten minutes to whiz around pick things up from the shelves and pay for them. I felt a lot better (but hot) once I’d returned home. Calling my fiance on the way home to put the sausages under the grill was also a good idea, as lunch was ready soon after I arrived back (with fresh bread).
This afternoon I decided to split my time between the girls and took my eldest into town as I needed to run some errands. We went to Waterstones where she chose a book for herself and her sister. They had a little table in there so she could look through the books to decide which ones she wanted.
Once home, I took my youngest to the nearby park. After I’d pushed her on the swing, she loved sitting on the bench eating her little packet of dried apricots which she loves. It was quite calming being a quiet and still afternoon and we had a lovely little chat.
I then did the important things only – make dinner, put the dishwasher on, do two lots of washing, take the rubbish out and put the girls to bed, but I left everything else. I could have stressed myself out fitting everything else in, but then I wouldn’t feel as calm as I do now. I even managed to fit in some of my open university course work this evening, so that I’m not rushing it last minute when the deadline hits next week. There was still enough room at the day for quality time with my fiance.
My tip to you today: You can always do the chores, but sitting down for a moment and thinking ‘how can I spend my next hour?’ and making the best use of your busy time, is something worth doing before rushing in attacking the surrounding clutter and chaos. Whenever I’ve had quality time with the family, it always sticks in my mind and makes me smile more than the chores I did. It’s just taken me too many years to realise this.
Until next time…