Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Sunday at home (on a Wednesday)

{reading about natural cleaning remedies in this book}

The first week after the holidays is always the longest one 
-at least, that's how it feels-
so I made sure I had plenty of rest and relaxation on Sunday and
some visuals for future reference (namely, a feeling-exhausted-mid-week afternoon, like today)
(Saturday was a housework day, so I won't bore you with the mundane,
though I also started organising and prettifying the balcony, which was fun).

Hubby was away, so it was just my son and me.
The weather was cloudy and chilly, a perfect day
for staying at home. 

Here are some moments of our Sunday at home for two.


                                                              {crafts - creative time}


 {giving my seeds an identity}

  {getting ready for bed}

Have a great rest of the week!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

spring clean(s)ing


I've never been much of a 'spring cleaning' person;
I've never had the patience or energy required for this.

So I just did a bit of cleaning here and a bit of decluttering there;
the result was a decent home but never a perfectly organised one.

Procrastinating is my middle name and as long as the flat is
clean enough to be healthy and messy enough to be happy
it was fine by me!

This year something changed, though.
I'm not sure I can put it to words.
It's this need I have for simplifying;
for having less stuff,
having fewer obligations,
having more time for my family and for me.

So before going away for the Easter holidays, 
I looked around for inspiration
- blogs, pins, spring cleaning lists-
and kept some notes on my,
truly inspiring, Susan Branch wall calendar.
My biggest challenges were the bedroom walk-in closet,
the kitchen glass cabinet (it's huge) and the balconies.

I'm proud to say I managed to do them all.
There are still cupboards and drawers to be sorted out
but I have a plan
and a whole month ahead.
Of course, with schools starting again on Monday......
we'll see. I'll keep you posted.

Wow! Look at how much I've already written.
And to think that it's the cleansing part I'm mostly 
interested in.
I'm trying to look after myself a bit (or rather a lot) more.
I eat healthily and try to walk as much as I can. 
(going to the gym is not an option for now)
I love seeing my fuel -salad-  all washed and ready to get in the fridge.
I make beautiful combinations; yes, beautiful.
I take my bowl to the study and search the net for spring images.

Finally, the most important part.
I seek inner peace.
I want to get rid of any past bitterness and find the strength in me to forgive.
I need to stop reproducing mean dialogues in my head.
It's the only way I can think of 
to move my life forward.
Cherishing the simple things and enjoying the gifts I was given.
Making others happy.
It's not easy. I've been through a tough period
and quite often I didn't even like myself.

So spring clean(s)ing it is, then.

Wish me luck
and do stop by.
I'll do my best to do so, too.

Take Care!