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The Simple Things Collective :: joy in the mundane

April 28, 2015

DSC_0165DSC_0156At times it seems as if it will never stop. 

 

The washing pile, the ironing pile. The dishes. The full dishwasher. The dusting, the windows. The toilets, the bathrooms. The school lunches, the dinners. The nappies, the bottles. The homework, the readers. 

 

There are so many things that need to be done on a daily basis that just seem so boring, so monotonous, just so mundane. 

We’d rather the big moments, the unusual, the spontaneous and celebrate them. But we can’t live of those moments and we have to change our way of thinking about those mundane things. 

 

We need to stop and notice the simple things. All the simple little things that add up to big things. 

Find joy in being the mother who is at home doing the chores, keeping the house looking shmick.  

Find joy in the routine of your work and think of it as security. 

Find joy in caring for your children. Notice the small things and enjoy them needing you. 

Find joy in completing tasks and seeing the end product. 

Find joy in being tired and appreciate that you have had a full day.

 

In the end, it will be the small things that matter the most. It will be the days at home that you will remember with clarity. 

It will be the slow memory making days that your children will cherish. It will be the haven that you created that they too, will one day want to have for themselves. 

 

So, have joy in the mundane. It’s not as mundane as you may think! 

How do you keep joy in the mundane? 

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  • KezUnprepared April 28, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    So true. I needed to see this today x
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    • Tash April 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      Glad it hit the spot! x

  • Kelly April 28, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Finding joy in the mundane for me is recognising the honour and value in what I’m doing. Even if my family never appreciated anything I did for them (which is thankfully not the case!) I am honoured and so grateful to have been chosen and given the purpose of being a wife and mother.

    • Tash April 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      It IS such an honour isn’t it? Thanks for visiting x

  • Deb Baker April 30, 2015 at 7:59 am

    I wrote a post like this a few years ago. It was shortly before my friend passed away from ovarian cancer. I was visiting her in hospital and chatting about what was going on in my life – the mundane routine of daily life. And she stopped me and started crying and said those were the things she missed the most. It hit me like a tonne of bricks – that is the important stuff. From that moment on I have changed my thinking about what I used to consider the boring stuff in life. I take great pleasure now in the ironing, cooking, cleaning, looking after my family. This is the stuff that matters.
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    • Dawn April 30, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      That really puts things in perspective Deb. xo
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      • Tash April 30, 2015 at 6:56 pm

        yes!

    • Tash April 30, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      Sometimes we need to lose something to actually appreciate it! So sad you lost your friend. I’ve lost two in the last ten years. It’s heartbreaking – and for me the fact that they had to ‘handover’ the task of mum to someone else was the hardest to watch. This is the stuff that REALLY matters! x

  • RebeccaHJ April 30, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    So true, Tash, and I sometimes find myself bogged down with chores and boring, mundane things, but then, then the sunshine comes out and today I left the dishes and did a little watercolour of a leaf and checked my little seeds I planted only 2 weeks ago and felt so pleased they are growing so well.

    The line that spoke to me most today was: “Find joy in completing tasks and seeing the end product.”

    Perfect! Glad you shared this today x
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    • Tash April 30, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      Perfect to get out and appreciate the small things! For me it’s a big thing to get things completed, and I’m so happy it meant something to you as well! x

  • Dawn April 30, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Some days it’s harder to appreciate the little things, and it’s those days where you have to dig a little deeper. It’s not always wonderful, but being home with the little ones is really a gift…maybe it’s a gift you’d like to return for the cash sometimes but still! Man your little munchkin is a cutie. x
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    • Tash April 30, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      Some days you got to dig REAL deep! Thanks Dawn!

  • Cat @That Bettie Thing May 1, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Yup. Life is one long list of washing, shopping and dirty dishes. I find I have to actually stop, and remember to play too!!
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