5 Reasons Why Cleaning Makes you Sparkle
With the weather showing signs that spring is here to stay, I’ve spent much of my day cleaning and taking care of clutter. I am always amazed at how much more energy I have for this kind of work when the sun is out. It’s not my favourite thing to do but it’s a good feeling when things are in their place. For many other reasons, cleaning, tidying, purging and organizing is important. Here are a few:
Cleaning brings a sense of order to a space and to the mind. This order can elicit a calming feeling and allow further order to develop mentally when life, work or situations are chaotic.
There are a couple of reasons why cleaning can help with productivity. Firstly, going back to the first point, the sense of order that a clean space creates, will boost morale and provide a greater energy for tasks and projects thus increasing productivity. Secondly, by putting everything in its place will save time on looking for things that could be buried in clutter. Lastly, on a basic level, cleaning clears out germs and bacteria. It cuts back on the likelihood of developing illness thereby having more healthy energy, less absenteeism and more productive hours.
Pronounced fung schway, feng shui is the Chinese art of finding harmony and balance in our physical world. Its literal translation means wind and water which, when harnessed, produce energy. When waterways are blocked with debris, water cannot effectively flow. Likewise, objects or structures can block wind’s passage. If the waterways are cleared and objects or structures removed, water and wind can move freely and effortlessly. The same ideal is presented in feng shui. Clearing clutter, dirt and improperly places items, can allow for the flow of energy and help to achieve that sense of harmony and balance.
Having a clean space says something. It gives the impression that you put care into your space. Taking care of clutter and having open, clean areas means that you can work, play or relax effectively and easily. Others will want to be in your space too.
For those of you who have read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, you understand why joy is important. Throughout her New York Times best-selling book, she speaks of purging and decluttering everything except the things that bring you joy. When you tackle your closet, take everything out. Before you put it back in, you must ask yourself, “does it bring me joy?” If not, then out it goes. If you find yourself questioning if you might wear it again simply decide if you feel joy when you wear it. Uncertainty, is NOT joy and therefore, the answer is easy. Toss it or send it to Goodwill so that someone who will find it joyful can have it. When all the tidying and purging is done, you should find yourself surrounded only by the things that bring you joy. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
I would love to hear your cleaning or decluttering stories or tips. Please share in the comments. I must say, looking at organized spaces on Pinterest brings me joy. Here are some other great resources if you’d like to explore further:
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Clutter Control by Skye Alexander
It’s All Too Much by Peter Walsh
Bowl Full of Lemons – Web site by Toni Hammersley