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.
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-
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.