MOMI SMILES| Meaningful Monday 1

Feb 13, 2018 | Life, Only Berlin

MOMI SMILES| Meaningful Monday 1

MOMI SMILES| Meaningful Monday 1

Our house was surrounded by clutter and dust and all I did was turn a blind eye to them all.  Perhaps, the same thing my boys did.  Instead of cleaning, I passed the responsibility to my children.  I always have my baby and toddler as an excuse.  But despite the nagging, they just can do what their little hands can.   Many times,  I felt demotivated with all the mess.  Surely, it did affect my boys, too.

So I painted our living room.  I planted herbs and succulents.  I trashed disposables and donated clothes, bags, and shoes.  This mother started cleaning the house.

I am hoping that with the change my boys will see in their parent, they will be motivated and follow suit.  That the once happy household we had would resurface anytime soonest.

Meaningful Monday

It is for this reason that I am pushing for a meaningful Monday starting today. I would like to inspire myself with a realization I will be using for the entire week to calm my mind, relax my body, and motivate my spirit.

To start off, I have realized that:

We do not need a new refrigerator.

I just have to clean our almost eight-year-old refrigerator and it will look and smell new.  To free space, I need to be mindful of the expiration of the condiments and bottles of medicine inside the ref.

I do not have to insist to my husband to go back to my mom’s place and leave our rented apartment.

I can beautify our small space if I really want to, dismissing the reason that it is just a rented house.   It is our present living space and I need to make it pleasing and comfortable for me and the boys’ sanity.

To end, let me share with you some beautiful words Oprah Winfrey once uttered-

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[tweetshareinline tweet=”If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. ” username=”SPk3(ad*e(5d4@pEwem@tnlADFb9ZZc8:1:1″]

I am glad I have seen and realized these.  I will try to enrich and improve on what we have.

Did I mention I started planting herbs and succulents?  This is the start.  I still yet to wipe clean each pot and identify them with a name tag.  I am just too excited to take photos.  This mother is also planning to repaint the walls and even the grills.  That’s the only space I have to plant my herbs.  And I hope I be able to maintain this hobby.

MOMI SMILES| Meaningful Monday 1

MOMI SMILES| Meaningful Monday 1


  1. momknowsbest15

    I love how you made this planting space, I wish I had talent to grow things.

  2. Nancy

    It’s so true how kids learn and follow by example. Great reminder to keep my space clean and perhaps motivate my kids in the process!

  3. Nancy Smith

    I definitely agree with being grateful for what I have and practicing contentment. Thanks for the inspiration to think about what is important and to put the wheels in motion for a better life. Great post!

  4. Ashley

    I love that quote. My goal this new year was to be more grateful. I take time at the end of each day to try and be thankful. I’ve found I am a happier person for it!

  5. BeckyW

    It is so easy to wallow in what we do not have, but I am SO proud of you for seeing that it isn’t helping you to do that. Even if your home is rented, for now it is YOUR home. I agree that if you can to stay there and not move back in with parents. Once you leave it isn’t the same going back lol. I love your new attitude and I think you will see your family appreciates it a lot!

  6. Wendy Polisi

    I am totally using that quote. Monday’s are one of my best days anyway!

  7. Krystel | Disney on a Budget

    Mondays are all in the head, and usually I succumb to the darkness lol. But yes I do try to appreciate what I have

  8. Cynthia Nicoletti

    I loved reading your story. I am glad that you are now loving what you have. It is not the home that makes the person it is the person that makes the home 🙂

  9. Leigh Anne

    I have learned over the years to be happy with what i have. I have found that when i choose to do this, life is better and easier. It does not get complicated.

  10. katrina gehman

    very true on being happy with what you have, such wise words.

  11. gilian

    Love it. I’ve been doing this lately because I really want to maintain the good ambience of the new house when we moved. Have you read the FlyLady’s posts about decluttering? It will encourage you to start cleaning. haha Anyway, she says to just set 15 minutes for each spot where you are in instead of spending 3 hrs in one spot. Have an imaginary timer. If you are in the kitchen, remove everything that needs to go out of sight and wipe counters, whatever you can do while you are there. These little accomplishments help encourage you to clean more. =)

  12. Unnamed

    Cleaning and planting has been one of my hobbies in 2018, I am hoping that I can be able to live with a minimal things. I am also taking care of succulents recently. I also loved the idea of your hanging pots, it saves space and it really looks good too.

  13. Neri Ann

    Wag syado isip ng isip! Relax lang! Love the plants! Been wanting to have one too but I don’t have a green thumb.

  14. mariegizelle

    TRue, gratitude brings us further…I find that minimalism or living close to it brings a lot of good things!

  15. Celerhina Aubrey Reyes

    One of the reasons why I’m so much happier now. Always thinking of the things I have and enjoying every little simple thing.. Improves my relationship with my daughter and my husband too! So yey for positivity mum!

  16. Edel San

    Cleaning and planting is therapeutic. I also believe that God gives you what you only need, the others are just extras. 🙂

  17. Kathleen

    I put an effort to start my Mondays on a positive note- this definitely helps set the mood for the coming week. It’s great that you decided to make Mondays meaningful!

  18. Aduke Schulist

    I’ve been working on beautify my own place. It’s nice to make it feel comfortable and inviting.

  19. angie

    love how you make a realization to live in the here and now. Good for you

  20. Rowena Wendy Lei

    Naisip ko lang I need a new ref bec ours is 19 yrs old, wala ng handle, and pundi na lahat ng ilaw. Di pa inverter lol.

  21. Mommy Levy

    I love what you did with your window and those plants. Plano din namin ang vertical garden kasi maliit lang space namin sa labas, may mga pots na ako, wala pa lang naitatanim haha. I hope I can do that soon.

  22. Mardene Carr

    Gratitude is so understated and yet so needed. When we learn to be grateful we will stress less

  23. Mommy Gracie

    I agree to the attitude of gratitude 🙂
    I also love your herbs pots, space saving!

  24. MrsEneroDiaries

    Yay! I’m happy to see those herbs and succulents. I have herbs too, pero hirap imaintain pag out-of-town trips kami namamatay. Be part of cns on facebook, it is a community group on FB you can learn more about cactus and succulents.

  25. one proud momma

    OMG!!! Went through the same dilemma for many years but all changed when we transferred to another home. I started moving my b*tt. You know why, coz I don’t have a maid anymore, so no one will clean the mess but me hehehe.. Good for you sis, and I love what you did with the grills! Gave me an idea! hehehe



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