Finding Simple Pleasures in Homemaking

Today I want to share with you the idea of Finding Simple Pleasures in the Home when doing our daily tasks.

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Something that has struck me as of late, is the small simple pleasures we get to take part in each day. They seem highlighted now that I have decided to pay close attention to them. I suppose it is sort of like the practice of being in the present moment. Rather, for me, it is a bit more than just that.

The reality is, pleasures are all around us and they appeal to all of our senses. From the sounds we hear of everyday life to using a pretty plate to eat our lunch. They seem small and frivolous, but they are so much more valuable than one might guess.

It has me thinking. If we lived each day with such an intention of noticing the beauty within our four walls, would there really be much more that we needed to live a happy life?

Now I don’t mean to say that wanting for nicer things or looking forward to a trip are bad in any sort of way. Those are not bad things at all. But I have realized that in my adult life, much of us tend to see what someone else has and think we need it too. Or perhaps we see what someone else is doing and think that their lives are much more appealing than our own. It can be a fine line of inspiration versus envy. A thing we need to be aware of.

So goes the grass is always greener concept.

Truly the grass is greener where we water it. The question is, are we watering it?

Watering in the sense of purposefully filling our days with enjoyable moments created in our lives and within our own living spaces. We downright live most of our days within these spaces. Bringing in simple pleasures as well as noticing the ones already present, give way to a certain magic in everyday living.

Here are some I find joy in.

The sound of butter on a skillet, the use of a crisp freshly ironed napkin. Listening to the water run while I do the dishes. Using my new ironing board to iron said napkin. Listening to a classic book while ironing or doing those dishes. Lately, I have been enjoying listening to Miss Thandie Newton read Jane Eyre on audible.

Afterwards, sitting with a hot cup of tea in the quiet.

These little unassuming moments create pockets of joy filled moments throughout our days.

Sure their will be work and most definitely there will be times we don’t feel like doing it. Life is a balance between it all.

Throughout each day if we can seek out the small things and make it a habit of noticing them what joys will we find? I am recognizing the need for less from the outside world and a heightened experience within my home by doing so.

“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely”

Louisa May Alcott

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