My cousin recently revealed that she calls the laundry room the “day spa.” The first time I heard her say it, I thought I must have heard incorrectly and I asked her to clarify. She affirmed, explaining that she feels like she is robbing her two-year old of her blanket and her favorite stuffed toy when she has to “take them to the day spa.” So funny and cute. When I have kids, I think I will have to call the laundry room “the day spa” too. For now though, I am taking my evening off for a little simple, clean & green personal care time.
I am working six days in a row this week, and I find little enough time to get anything done towards organizing or simplifying the house. When this type of situation arises, I try to remember to just focus on just being, and to accept things as “good enough” (at least for now). In that spirit, tonight I allowed myself a night off from laundry and dishes. I gave myself a miniature manicure & pedicure, removing all the old polish, clipping, filing, and pushing back the cuticle from my nails. Afterwards, I opted for a polish-free (and phthalate free) week and instead gave my toes and fingers a nice warm soak in water laced with Epsom salts and spearmint essential oil. Now I feel relaxed!
Two days ago I spent the day at the bookstore with hubby and I happened upon a wonderful book called Organized Simplicity. I have already read through the book, and let me tell you, it is a gem. Today I decided to simplify my shower routine and followed her recipes for the hair cleanser and hair clarifier. The recipes follow along with the no-poo movement and basically consist of 1 tablespoon of baking soda mixed with 8 oz of water in a squeeze bottle (cleanser) and 1 tablespoon of vinegar mixed with 8 oz of water in a squeeze bottle (clarifier). So far, so good. I feel really clean without any excessive floral or fruity smells. I can take a deep easy breath and know that I will make it through the next week.