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Display Name: michellemania
Member Since: 8/10/12

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I'm finally going to purchase and put up bamboo blinds and red curtains for the living room window, which will replace the blanket currently covering it. I've been in my house for over 5 months now, and it's time it looked like a real room. I also plan to make a foam-core board covered with wrapping paper for hanging my necklaces on, but that's a small one.

Day 5: Select One Project from Your List to Complete this Month Apartment Therapy January Cure
1/8/13 10:53 AM

"It's perfectly acceptable to be miffed that you need to clean when you'd rather be outside walking on the beach or hanging out with friends or making something. It's normal to be annoyed at having to do a task and not having it stay DONE."

You're right, it is perfectly acceptable to be miffed and still ACCEPT doing the task; I think that's the point. Mindfulness is about bringing your full attention and awareness to each present moment, and letting in all the emotions/reactions that come with the task, be they anger or aggravation or frustration or boredom. Instead of trying to AVOID those feelings, accept that you're going to clean and be frustrated for a few minutes, let the feelings in as you're cleaning, and then let them go when you're done and move on to the next part of your day. Frustration results from wishing you could just "get this part over with" and get onto your "real life." This part is as real as any, so be present for it! Over time this approach will lessen the frustration itself because you're letting it be instead of fighting against it.

Thanks for indulging me in a lesson on mindfulness. Can't help myself.

Mindful Living: Accepting the Neverending Cycle of Household Chores
8/10/12 03:06 PM