I can already see eyes rolling at the title of this article but if you’re reading this, then there must be a desire in you, one way or another, to live a cleaner life. It can be hard to keep a clean space, whether it’s at home or in your workspace. Cleaning takes up time and energy, and hiring someone to do it for you can become a strain on your pocket. But it has to be done either way. So hopefully I can help transform your attitude towards cleaning, even if it’s only just a little bit.
I’m not an extreme neat freak but I enjoy cleanliness to the point that I’ve dedicated a system to keeping my surroundings free of unnecessary dirt. It’s not a huge aspect of my life but its definitely one of the small habits that I use to improve my overall wellbeing. If you absolutely hate cleaning, I totally understand. It can be very tedious. If you’d like to hate it a little bit less, here are some tips to consider.
Step 1. Reshape your belief/attitude towards dirt.
This is especially easy if you’re quite spiritual. Somewhere along my spiritual journey I learned about how dirt carries lower frequencies, and that negative energy can hide in dirt and clutter. When you sage or cleanse the air, to remove bacteria from your space, the dirt and clutter in the room is like a safe haven for bad energy to hide in, making your cleansing attempts pretty much pointless.
It started with my prayer room. I became obsessed with making sure that it was clean before I could pray because it almost felt rude to invite love and light into a dirty space. Then that attitude carried out into all my personal spaces – my bedroom, my office, and even the bathroom, especially whenever I wanted to soak in the tub, everything had to be squeaky clean.
Step 2. Don’t set unrealistic expectations for yourself.
Accept that you won’t have the energy to clean everyday. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment. Once a week is perfectly good for tackling dust and dirt build-up.
Step 3. Get the right tools.
My biggest issue with cleaning used to be the smell of bleach on my hands afterward and concerns about how the chemicals were affecting my skin. Make sure you get all the gloves, sponges and cloths you need in order to make the job easier. Have a variety of products. I typically use bleach for bathroom surfaces, Mr. Muscle for kitchen surfaces and Handy Andy for the rest. I love the smell of disinfected surfaces. Try to avoid feather dusters as they just spread the dust around and throw it into the air, which only settles back into place after a few hours.
Step 4. Make it FUN!
Play your favorite music! I’m always in my own personal musical when I clean. The broom becomes a microphone stand and I perform the most heartfelt ballads for absolutely nobody while I make the house glisten. So cleaning becomes a few hours of pure childish creative expression. Find the fun that works for you. I have a friend who likes to record her thoughts on voice memos while she cleans because she has the most interesting ideas and thoughts while she cleans. There is something therapeutic to be found in this activity.
Step 5. Don’t obsess over tiny details.
If there is a tiny spot that won’t go away no matter how hard you scrub, leave it and attend to it when everything else is done. Small things like that only take up time and energy you could be using on bigger, more important tasks, and can cause you to burn out sooner than you anticipated, making it hard to get everything done. Just keep it moving. You’ll be happier with the end result.
Step 6. Open the doors and windows.
This helps to ensure that you’re not inhaling potent chemicals. Inviting fresh air to flow through the space protects you from breathing all the products and the dust in. One time, I almost passed out from bleaching my shower surfaces because I was closed in there, surrounded by the fumes. Don’t be like me.
Step 7. Start with a basic plan.
If you set yourself a simple to do list, without too many details, it gives you an outline for your tasks and freedom to do them in whatever order you feel like. For example, think – “I’m going to spend one hour in the kitchen, one hour in the bathroom, 30 minutes in my study and 30 minutes in my room. Then I’ll get the laundry going while I have lunch and watch Netflix.” That’s an easy 3-4 hour plan with some downtime at the end.
And here’s how this whole routine is guaranteed to improve your wellbeing:
- It’s Healthy
It reduces allergy symptoms. Dust particles irritate air passages in the body, especially nasal passages (for those who have conditions such as sinusitis and asthma). Clean linen reduces chances of getting rashes, acne and other skin breakouts.
- Reduces Stress
Besides the fact that the act of cleaning can be extremely therapeutic in itself, the results of it can be equally beneficial as well. Looking around at a de-cluttered space has a calming effect and it can help to clear the mind. Plus, you’ll sometimes find items that you’ve been looking for, and you’ll also find yourself organizing items you didn’t even intend to. Being organized is great for reducing stress.
- Increases Focus
The brainwork of doing little mundane cleaning tasks can help to silence your mind from its daily stressors. Once the house is clean and the mind is cleared of all the tasks that need to be done in the house, it frees up mental space to think more clearly about everything else.
- Mood Boost
When done right, this can actually boost your mood. If you take your mind off social media for a few hours and just blast your music, dance, sing, move around and just enjoy your own company and productivity, this can serve as a great stress release.
For an over-all boost in moral, a sense of accomplishment and an increase in energy levels, plus a squeaky clean house – why not get into this routine once a week? This can help make you a Girl Boss that saves herself some money and stays organised.