Some time ago, I mentioned that I committed myself to doing a small, relatively-easy-to-do, not-too-time-consuming mini project about once a week or so. This week I intend to decorate the main bathroom in my home by creating some kind of centerpiece.
But first, let me show you some pictures of what I was wearing. I wore this months ago, I think when Baby Michael was about four months old and I just got back to work full time. After becoming a Mom, I tried to arrive at the office earlier, and therefore I can leave work on time and spend some precious hours with Baby Michael before he goes to sleep at eight o'clock. I played with him, we welcomed Hubby together, I changed him before bedtime. Motherhood is not something that I'm naturally good at, but I'm trying and doing my best.
Anyway, I'm a big believer in recycling things. If you have been following me for a while, you would know that I refashioned my daily clothes into maternity clothes so I didn't need to buy special clothes just for pregnancy. Not just because it's frugal and it saves money, but I also believe in saving the Earth for future generation. I'm not a go green hardcore, but I'm trying to do my little part. Now, I got this green plastic cup from the hospital where I gave birth, and I took it home with me. Here I used it to put my toothbrush and toothpaste. Waste not, want not. Near the faucet I placed a cute Hello Kitty soap dispenser that I got for about two bucks. I looked at it every morning when I brush my teeth and smile. Ow, I think I need to clean my faucet, it looks diiiiiiiirty!
Here's a closer look of the Hello Kitty soap dispenser. I just fill it up with any generic hand soap from the grocery store. I don't have any particular favorite when it comes to hand soap.
Have you ever being in the middle of a shower or washing your hair and you realized that you were running out of soap or shampoo or whatever, then you had to run out of the shower soaking wet to get whatever it was you were running out while water was dripping still from all over your hair and your body, making puddles on your floor? I have. More than once. And it's no fun. So I decided to keep some extras right in the bathroom. Here I put some of my favorite bath and body products in a wicker basket. I don't use body butter in the bathroom, but I threw some Body Shop ones in anyway, because they make a pretty combination. Some sort of bathroom centerpiece, if you will. The wicker basket came as Christmas present, filled to the brim with Body Shop bath and body products, that I received at the office as a parcel. I shared the products with the girls at the office, and brought home the products, because nobody wanted it and I thought I could make a use of it.
Done! The project took me about fifteen minutes or just a little more from start to finish and it gives me such satisfaction. I feel like, "I accomplished something!", and inspired me to do even more mini projects like this. If I tackle one small project like this per week, I can accomplish 52 in a year, and beautify so many corners in my home. Or getting some pocket money as well as decluttering my bookshelves like I wrote in my old post about selling my old books to friends and to the secondhand bookstore!
By the way, if you are curious what Christmas parcels are, they are gifts from vendors and suppliers, usually on auspicious holidays like Christmas or Lebaran, that were send to the office. They are sort of thank you gifts that say: "Thank you for your business. I hope we'll continue to do business together. Happy Christmas/Lebaran!" Most of the time, the gift came as a basket filled with sort of goodies that could be shared among the people at the office: cookies, sodas, little knick knacks, coffees, gourmet teas, soaps, etc. It is a common practice in Indonesia, and done in a proper way, is not considered a bribery. More like a custom or a culture. It's different in every country, even in every office, but it's just totally fine in my office as long as it's just something small and common and could be enjoyed together in the office and not something expensive or extravagant. And of course, it must be sent to the office, not to anyone's home!
What do you think of my mini project, Friends?