Photos by Sian
For myriad reasons that I may delve into one day, life has been messy and complicated, racing by at a rate that I can’t keep up with.
My diary says one thing and my body says another. I basically just end up in bed, napping awake, most evenings after work.
The buzzing world of online would have me believe that to live is to be constantly wearing a new outfit, dreamily wandering beside beautiful buildings, arranging newness ‘just so’ and other relics of current Instagram success.
And even so, I’m finding real joy in the mundanity of everyday life. The little moments that don’t amount to much at a time, but make space for a flutter of happiness that keeps you ticking over, that perfectly complements your life as it is right now.
I’m working on some really big things at work right now. Big things taking up so much headspace that I find there’s nothing better than getting home, making a bowl of warming dinner (vegan pasta bakes and my new favourite tikka masala recipe are top choices right now) and reading a book.
Or popping my favourite Spotify playlist on my Google Home Mini and adding to a photo album I’ve been putting together. Or even things as small and dull as taking out all of the Tupperware in the cupboard and arranging it so you’re not crushed by plastic every time you try and pack lunch.
So often we’re taught to strive for more, to do more and see more, but what about the everyday?
What about just getting through the trickier seasons?
Making time – and space – for the life-complementing aspects of everyday are what helps things fall into the place. The oil that keeps the gears going. The WD-40 for your rusty, squeaky, barely-there self-care regime.
No time for a restorative bath that you’ll likely not enjoy because you’re worried about hundreds of little things? Don’t take it. I’m talking about the things that need to be done or could be done to improve your daily flow and rhythm, but that always get ‘left until tomorrow’.
Here are some everyday tasks that create real, life-complementing magic:
- Tidy your floordrobe away.
- Chop a tub of onions and garlic and other commonly used veg for your weekly meals to save time.
- Read a book and be completely present.
- Throw open the windows of that room you rarely use.
- Reorganise that Tupperware cupboard.
- Set up a morning essentials packing station in the kitchen, so you won’t keep forgetting things. Coffee KeepCup, fruit, snack, diary, lunchbox.
- Make your favourite dinner, even if it isn’t quick or particularly easy to cook.
- Switch out your candles and appoint your favourites, for a soothing evening ambience.
- Apply a face mask, but continue to pootle about with your usual evening activities.
- Check your diary and make plans with friends you haven’t seen in a while.
- Get a hold of your finances.
- Catch up with your favourite blog – read through the 238752390 unread posts on your feed.
What life-complementing everyday ‘stuff’ will you be checking off tonight, this week, or this month?