Tidy Up! Fahmida Mehreen
In the busy schedule of our lives, it is difficult to find time to tidy up or de-clutter our bedrooms or office rooms. However, a quick impromptu cleaning session can be not only fun but also mind-refreshing. Having the wooden and marble surfaces properly dusted, mopping the floors, getting rid of unwanted papers and stacking up the rest by the side, and placing a garden-fresh bouquet on the study table or dressing table can be working towards a happier and healthier you.
Cleaning and keeping things tidy is not just a basic part of our lifestyle but also a habit that nurtures mental harmony. There are some benefits of maintaining and working towards a clean room that gives us positive energy and mental solace.
Studies have shown that having an unorganized and congested room can affect our minds passively. When the surrounding is not properly organized, one may feel low, anxious, even depressed. It can be avoided by keeping the room clean and freeing up spaces by de-cluttering the things that will not be needed and taking the garbage out. Placing fresh new sheets on the bed with a soft mattress and plush pillows will help a person release stress after a long day’s weary. If a person has to get back to a messy and unclean room after a long day, that will add up to the frustration level. Moreover, regularly cleaning the room and workplace with eco-friendly substances can help avoid physical discomforts like symptoms of allergies. At the same time, since cleaning the room is an active physical activity, the release of endorphins in the body instils a sense of happiness and a good mood in a person.
The benefits of a good night’s sleep are countless, and, to have a good day, a person needs a sound sleep at night. This helps to reconcile and rejuvenate our body and mind that will make us feel refreshed in the morning and be more energetic for the rest of the day. For good quality sleep, a comfortable and clean bed, an ambient surrounding with fragrances, a neat room, and an overall pleasant environment is essential. When the room is properly maintained, free of clutters, there are few distractions that will hamper sleep. Definitely, a tidy room has a peaceful feel to it, which eventually leads to good sleep. Similarly, having a well-organized office space can increase productivity. Instead of going over the things repeatedly to find one thing or another because everything is a mess, it is much easier and less time-consuming when the room and the desk are properly arranged with everything kept at your convenient place.
Adding more to it, the process of increasing productivity starts right from the moment you are awake. Making beds, setting up the work table and sorting the tasks – all add to improve your productivity. In organizations, people with a knack for cleanliness and perfection are more productive and dynamic at the workplace. Having your things properly sorted out will give you a mind map and keep you aligned with what you have to do. It gives you a rubric to follow that will enable you to work efficiently and execute your tasks in the best manner. Having neatness in all sorts of work is imperative. Having a clear path and a well-chalked vision does not only open up your mind, but it takes you to places.
Having a clean room and work-station can give a sense of accomplishment. Regardless of the magnitude of the task that a person may do, it will contribute to self-esteem and confidence because of the vibrating positive energy around. Cleaning is therapeutic for anxiety, stress, and depression and shakes off unnecessary thoughts. It is a physical as well as a mental exercise that brings in positivity psychology. Having a disorganized room will clutter a person’s thoughts too. The clearer the surrounding gets, the clearer the mind will get. It helps to categorize things out and prioritize between the most and the least important things. Once you start to organize your room and workplace, you are more likely to feel compelled to reset or reorganize things in life.
There are different mechanisms that a person may adopt when cleaning and rearranging rooms. One may start with de-cluttering and getting rid of the things that are not needed. That will make lots of excess space and room for other important things. Put the right things in the right place for the right look. For example, put the dirty clothes in the laundry basket, scattered books on the shelf or the table, and clear the trash can with crisp packets and chocolate wrappers. Hang the clothes in the wardrobe and fold the rest neatly to be placed on the racks, and you are good to go.
Every once in a while, you can also try switching things up. Rearrange the way your bed and other furniture are kept. It can be rigorous physical work and cannot be done often. But you can take your chances at times for a little change and spark in your room and workplace. It will help you feel new about where you are and make it a pleasant new experience.
Getting plants and flowers are wonderful practices that you can have. It comes with the psychological benefits of releasing stress and the physical benefit of lowering blood pressure from lesser anxiety. At the same time, the process of photosynthesis will work as a natural air purifier. Simultaneously, when you have to take care of the plants, like watering them, it will remind you of the smallest things that make huge differences and positively change your mindset. Just like the way you take care of the plant, you need to take care of yourself too – this works as a self-reminder.
Besides these series of actions, you can also run through many other arrangements such as changing the colour of your walls, having new curtains, putting up photos of your loved ones on the walls and your desk, lighting scented candles to create an aromatic ambience, letting the light come in during the day that will help to get better sleep at night and induce vitamin D consumption, and getting nice fluffy cushions to make you comfortable are just a few among the many things that you may do.
Hence, do not wait for tomorrow. Start today. Kickstart the positive changes in your life from the point of organizing your cherished rooms. Go ahead and start the cleaning marathon. You will enjoy every bit of it till the finish line and beyond.