Guest Post By Joy R. Calderwood
Organizing and cleaning is usually the last thing people want to do with their spare time. But an organized space is proven to lift a person’s mood and help them stay more efficient. If you need a little help with controlling your chaos, try these tips:
1. Choose to work on your biggest annoyance.
Does a dirty bathroom drive you nuts? Does a kitchen counter cluttered with dishes make your mind feel cluttered? Does the fur and pet dander under your bed interrupt your breathing? Do newspapers piled up make you feel guilty you haven’t read them?
It sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? But don’t get overwhelmed just yet.
2. Choose to work on the space that’s the worst.
Decide which areas are in the worst condition right now. Maybe you haven’t sanitized the kitchen lately and diseases are forming. Maybe you haven’t cleaned under the bed or wiped down the toilet for several weeks. Perhaps it’s your desk is so piled up with wrappers, books, and coffee cups, you can’t get work done effieiently.
Once you decide on the yuckiest spots you’ll be prepared to take action.
3. Choose a time or method to get it done:
Cleaning doesn’t usually happen unless time is scheduled for it. Of course you’ll have to work around other responsibilities and hobbies, so think about a good spot in your day when you’ll be the most mentally ready to clean.
If you don’t have a good solid hour to clean, then be creative. For instance, after a shower, wipe down the counters, tub, toilet, and bathroom baseboards before you leave the bathroom. Or, each time you leave your desk, take something off it and put it away.
Most people feel calmer when their environment is clean and tidy. Instead of focusing on the mess, focus on the good feelings that will result. That should be good motivation to make it happen.