For a long time now one of my greatest unmet needs has been ease. Granted, it seems a lot to expect ease in my life with the choices we made about moving to a building site and having a third child: small children and project houses are hardly renowned for being easy, stress free ventures! However, I really like to think that it is possible for us to have our needs met whatever the circumstances, even if it's not always, ummmm....easy :-)
If my situation precludes fundamental needs being met, perhaps I must reconsider whether meeting this need is truly a priority. Perhaps if I'm honest, those needs can wait a few years, or slide down/fall off my list altogether. Or maybe some (big) changes need to happen.
As much as I have wanted to believe I don't deserve ease at the moment, because of the circumstances of my life, I keep coming back to a place where I feel I must shift things, both practically and emotionally, to achieve a more peaceful inner state and a sense of ease of being.
Some ways I am trying to make life easier practically....
- Beginning (see my last post!)
- De-cluttering I used this 40 day declutter guide, I'm still working to clear out the stuff we don't need.
- Being organised with food -meal planning, making easy/quick meals, prepared ahead of time wherever possible.... doubling/trebling up on cooking so I can prepare lunch/dinner and something for the freezer at the same time.
- relaxation of my standards- seeing past mess, making easier meals, washing clothes (and dare I say it...myself) less frequently. Acceptance of the fact the housework will always be there for me!
- little and often- washing, tidying, etc. Sometimes this is the best way but sometimes i need to...
- Blitz big jobs...tick them off once and for all!
- keep a shopping list in my notebook, write down items as soon as I realise I need something, make lists from my meal plans...
- Bulk buy when I do go shopping, especially at the Wholefood Grocery store.