Just because your house is a mess doesn't mean that you have to feel like a mess yourself.
While this kitchen remodeling project continues (we're on week 7 now) I've worked very hard to keep a bit of civility and calmness in several areas of our home. I need quiet places to rest my eyes and my spirit amidst the chaos.
I'm so glad our Camellias are in full bloom right now. I'm able to keep fresh blooms in our foyer to cheer everyone up. (you might notice the dust below the vases, but I'm pretending it's not there)
One of my sweet little preschool students gave me an Amaryllis bulb as a Christmas gift. I planted it right after Christmas and was so pleased to see that it was beginning to bloom just when I needed it the most. It holds a blooming place of honor on the dining room table for everyone to enjoy. It's been blooming for over a month now.
I made it a priority to keep our bedroom as calm and clean as possible. I purposefully did not store any boxes or extra things in our bedroom to keep it clutter free. I bought an air purifier to help us breath better at night. I also damp dust and damp mop every day and wash the linens twice a week to keep us from sleeping in dust. I knew we needed a place where no sign of construction was going on as a retreat.
I wrote the words to one of my current favorite songs on the chalkboard inside my pantry. It helps to keep me focused in a positive direction - which I need to be reminded of frequently.