Practising Patience in the Midst of Cleaning

I would consider myself to be a very patient person; however, there is always room for improvement in order to grow as a person, don’t you think?

I was cleaning the main bathroom this morning, focusing mainly on the windowsill and bath when my husband came in to ask me a random question. After answering, I mentioned to him that one of the bath tap covers had come off a month or so ago and would he be able to fix it ‘at some point’. I followed up my request with ‘but not now as I’m in the middle of cleaning’.

Messy bathroom windowsill and broken tap cover (bottom left)

Sometimes he likes to do things straight away and most of you will probably think ‘how lovely’; however, it’s not lovely when you are in the middle of cleaning the bath and about to decluttering/wiping the windowsill. He said that it wouldn’t take long, to which I thought that even if it took a couple of minutes I would still have to stand there with my rubber gloves on in the flow of cleaning and switch to DIY assistant getting him the tools he needs etc.

An opportunity to practise patience

I stopped what I was doing and waited patiently. I got him the screwdriver, held tap parts, and watched him puzzle over why the tap cover wouldn’t grip the main bit (that’s the best way that I can describe what I saw) . It probably took about twenty minutes, and it’s now all done to which I was very grateful.

I had to rinse round the bath again afterwards. I then cleaned the windowsill, recycled unused bottles, and wiped around the window/tiles etc.

Clear windowsill and fixed tap

I suppose the lesson I learnt today is that by practising patience, I got an old outstanding job done quicker than planned.

It’s been another busy day but the pace was better than the last two days. I tried to have a few more breaks in between working. There’s a lot to do every day; I just need to be a bit more patient with myself and remember that no one is measuring my progress apart from me.

Hope you’re all continuing to keep well and safe.

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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3 Responses to Practising Patience in the Midst of Cleaning

  1. I found that with the exception of big planned projects if I work at small simple tasks in little breaks it is so satisfying because something (usually) visible got finished. Glad you could find the bright spot in getting the tap cover replaced even if it was a disruption in your flow.

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