You keep coming up with reasons. “I’m tired from yoga class.” “I’m going out to dinner and don’t want to get all sweaty.” “It doesn’t look that bad”, as a spider creepily crawls out from under a massive pile of clothes in your room. You finally admit it’s time to clean, but the task is overwhelming now after so much procrastination.
We all have similar stories. It’s funny though because if we just picked up a few things a day, the clutter wouldn’t ever pile up. What is it that makes so many of us procrastinate and avoid cleaning? I say it’s the way most of us are raised. Cleaning your room is a punishment growing up for most kids and the thought is ingrained in us. It’s a dreaded chore that brings back sub-conscious memories of parents nagging to clean your room, or worse the whole house. Maybe we just need to take a step back and look at cleaning up in a new light.
Don’t tackle the Whole Thing
Assuming you don’t have a deadline, you can clean at your own pace. Divide your task into small jobs. A study shows people are find smaller tasks much less intimidating. Maybe do one room at a time, or one task like laundry per day. As long as you are moving forward, it doesn’t have to be in a big hurry. Take your time and be present in what you’re doing. If you see a box of high school photos that catches your interest, sit down and reminisce. Enjoy yourself and you won’t dread the thought of cleaning so much.
Make it Fun
Tie a red bandana around your forehead, jam out to your spice girls cd (no just kidding), and reward yourself later with Chinese food takeout. Have some friends come help you clean if they will. They might enjoy it more than you. Sometimes it’s fun going through other people’s stuff. Especially when you find something embarrassing!
Clean Your Mind
There are many angles of looking at what cleaning can do for your mind. From a Feng Chui point of view (based on arrangement of furniture), clutter gives a crowded energy to a room. Clutter outside, equals clutter inside. Your mind will be distracted by the abundance of trinkets everywhere in the room when you’re trying to concentrate on work or conversation. The clutter may constantly remind you that you should clean soon. This only stresses you out. Once you finally do clean up, you will feel refreshed. It’s like wiping the dry erase board clean; you can start over from scratch.
You don’t need to throw away everything just to de-clutter. Find smarter ways to store your belongings like in drawer sets, boxes, or baskets so they are out of sight. The simpler you keep your surroundings, the easier it will be for you to think clearly and creatively.
Organizations inside the United States, such as Fairlake Storage , are supported by D. Holdeman’s blogging. As visible on his G Plus profile, he has been the full time manager for an online marketing company. D. Holdeman is from L.A. where he’s continuing his business training to further provide for his better half plus their 3 munchkins.