Benefits of a Clean Space
This topic is one of those that people react to in one of two ways: They either roll their eyes and come up with some justification as to why it doesn’t matter whether their space is clean or not, OR they cower inside because they know the benefits are real, but they just don’t make a clean space their habit.
I was the one who cowered inside. Keeping my space clean was something I knew to do. And I wanted to do it, but it was a long time before I really took steps to make keeping my space tidy a habit.
There are 3 big reasons below explaining why a clean space matters. Maybe one will be the catalyst you need to get it together and keep it that way.
Waking up to a clean space, or walking into a clean home can work wonders on your psychological state.
Have you ever gone to the bathroom in public? How about one that is absolutely gross and disgusting? We all have. And you know that no matter how well you wash your hands, you still leave that bathroom feeling like creepy crawlies are all over your skin.
This response is mental. It happens in your head. There isn’t really anything crawling on you. You washed your hands with soap and hot water so you know they’re clean, but you still have a flash of the filth when you pickup your fork to eat after leaving that space.
The same goes for your own space. You can create a mental state of clarity and alertness by simply cleaning up the area you’re in.
Time is the one thing everyone would gladly take more of. The little things take up time in small bite sized pieces. If you were to add up all the time you waste during a week, you’d flip your lid at how much more you could reasonably get done if you had all those hours to yourself in one lump.
When you have to step over a pile of clothes or frantically search for your watch before you rush out the door in the morning, you’re wasting time. Not o mention that rushing has it’s own set of negative effects on your mind and your body.
Another time waster that results from an unclean space is taking prolonged periods of time to tidy up when you actually decide to take the plunge into the dungeon and clean it up. If you took 10 minutes every day to wash the few dishes in the sink, or hang up your clothes or make your bed, or toss a load of clothes into the washer – come Saturday you wouldn’t have 4 hours worth of work to do all at one time. That makes you tired which makes you want to rest more, which in turn sucks up more of your time because you’re resting and not being productive.
Self care is majorly important in our lives.
Cleaning is a form of self care. In the early part of our lives we have someone who handles our care for us. How many times have you seen an unkempt child and thought, “what kind of mother lets her child go out looking like that?” That’s because we’ve been conditioned to appreciate the care that goes into keeping a little one clean and well dressed with combed hair.
The reality is that we make certain assumptions about the well being of the child based on how well they’ve been taken care of. When you become an adult, why not take that same level of care with you? You wouldn’t dare go to work without brushing your teeth or washing your face or with wrinkled and dirty clothes on. Why then, would you allow yourself to live in a space that wasn’t at least as clean as you make your body when you present yourself to the world?
You take care of what others see of you and you should take the same care of what they don’t see and how you treat yourself when they’re not looking.
These tips are just starters, but they can help you jump start your personal space and life by keeping it clean. Try to keep your space clean for 5 straight days and then assess whether you better understand why a clean space matters.