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If you’re reading this at home I’d like you to stop for a minute and take a good look around the room you are in. Make a mental note of three things that bother you - three things that have been needing attention for quite some time.
So what three things did you came up with?
First I’ll tell you what mine are. I’m in the living room at the moment and mine are:
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- The ceiling fan needs a good dusting.
- My clothes airer is still set up in the room even though the clothes are long dry.
- The fireplace needs to be cleaned out now that winter is pretty much over.
There are other things but these are the three that stood out first, so I’m going to add these three jobs to my list of things to do today.
Looking into the kitchen I note that the curtains need a wash, there's mail on the bench that's been there for several days, and the recycling basket is overflowing. They'll be on tomorrows list.
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If I hadn't deliberately stopped and taken a critical look around, these jobs might still be waiting for some time to come.
The point I’m trying to make here is that we often subconsciously live with niggling little annoyances in our day to day lives that can be easily taken care of in a few moments, and it’s these small things that can detract from a simple and serene environment. It’s because we live with them daily that we stop noticing them.
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All we need to do is to take a moment to have a good look around, cast a critical eye over our surroundings and to recognise when things are a bit off-kilter, even if it means deliberately setting aside a few minutes every morning. Sometimes it’s a good idea to do this simple exercise - walk through the house as though you are visiting for the first time. What do you think a visitor would notice?
Pretty soon this quick exercise will become a daily habit and you will find it easier to identify what’s out of place or what needs attention. You may be happily surprised at how much difference it can make to your overall state of contentment at home.