Tuesday, November 16, 2010

31 Tips to a Less Messy Cottage- Day 8 Be Thankful

It is that time of year again!  I think we should have an "Attitude of Gratitude"



Even so I would do this post because I am learning that the more grateful I am for my home and what I have.....the more I want to take good care of it!

There are so many days where I think to myself one of the following:
   -The toys would be more organized if I just had the right size container for them.
   -If I had a better vacuum my floors would be cleaner.......or I can't wait until we rip out the carpet so I can have nicer looking floors.
   -This room will look so much better when I finish this project.....and the next!
   -I wish my house wasn't so small then it would be easier to keep clean.
   -I hate laundry.....I want to throw all of our clothes in the garbage then I won't have to worry about it.
   -I would feel happier if I got up earlier to clean my house spotless before the kids get up.
   -If only my children would learn to put their stuff away and not throw it all over the place.
 
These are only a few.  My goal over the last couple of months has been to be more grateful for what I have.

I find myself being grateful for even the sometimes late hours my husband works......because there have been a couple of times where he had nowhere to be but home and no employer to work for.


I find joy in some of the messes my children make because of the laughter they make while doing it!
And sometimes I watch in glee as they learn a new skill.
"I" cleaning his room.  I think he vacuums better than most!  He uses the crevice attachment and everything!



I am more grateful for my laundry because my family and I have clothing to wear in abundance thanks to family.
We have much more laundry than this and I don't need to tell you if it's clean or dirty :)


I am "sometimes"  grateful for dishes because it means we have food to eat and dishes to eat off of.
Glad I got rid of half of my dishes or my kitchen might look like this.


I am grateful for our small, old home because it means that we have a roof over our heads.
Not our house.


I am grateful for things that need fixing because it means we can learn a new skill and my husband and I can work together while doing it.
Can't wait to learn to make these beautiful...and cottage like.


When I am grateful for my surroundings I find myself cleaning without feeling like it is such a burden. I feel the importance for my role and grateful for being able to stay at home with my children and make our house a home!
When we are grateful for our homes and our things we take better care of them.


Happy Early Thanksgiving!

What things are you grateful for?

2 comments:

  1. Great post! I'm grateful to finally have my own home that I can make my own, too. The list of projects is never ending, but it feels wrong not to be in the middle of creating something!

    I am also grateful to live in a free country and have all the benefits of education and being able to make my own choices.

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  2. I am grateful for a hubby with a great job that has awesome insurance and I am grateful to beable to raise my boys myself and not have to work away from home. I am grateful for having amazing extended family that lives close. I am also grateful we sold my hubby's car (it was nice, just way too small and manual so I couldn't drive it). Now our car insurance is half of what it used to be and we have an extra $300 a month cause we lost a car payment! It's going to make for a much less stressful Christmas budget. Oh, and I grateful for autumn! I LOVE this time of year!

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