Finding the Will to Clean

I was lucky enough to get Columbus day off yesterday. Drew unfortunately still ventured off to work, so I found myself home alone and holding a long to do list. I don’t know why, but those kind of days are the days I get the most done. I am able to get in a zone, have my own shows or music blasting, and just get down to business. I did laundry, cooked dinner, did meal prep for Tuesday’s dinner, changed the sheets, rearranged the living room, fixed the vacuum cleaner, vacuumed, organized, washed, scrubbed, and cleaned the house. The living room is finally clean and open enough to move around in and comfortably hold both Drew’s and my own desk. I have to admit, the room looks totally different and totally gorgeous.

At least comparatively.

It’s been really hard for me to clean the house and do chores lately. The double edged sword to that problem is that I can’t work at my full capacity in a dirty space either. So not only did my house get little piles of clothes, mail, and random everyday resources, but I also couldn’t move forward with a lot of things. I wasn’t using my desk, so instead I sat in bed all day after work, which ended up in long, unplanned naps everyday. It also brought down my writing time, me time, and overall mental health. I was a sloth in a slob.

But on Monday, I rearranged my living room and I now am currently perched at my desk, in my own space, with a great view of Drew and my TV. I’m in love and way more efficient already. I’ve been watching tutorials and reading articles I have had bookmarked for months and couldn’t bring myself to get around to. With a clean kitchen and my own bubble, I’ve been cooking and writing and just feeling better.

I have to send a little shout out to my lovely cousin Grace who gave me the inspiration to clean. I had no idea how much the clutter of my house was effecting me. How much being confined to my bed was dragging me down. When I went to visit her this past weekend, I have to say, I was little in awe at how tidy and perfect her room looked. Everything had it’s own place, the room felt so spacious and open, and it felt good to be somewhere in order. After the first night there I knew that I had to get home and make some changes.

So now I encourage you all to do the same! Even if messes don’t give you writers/life block, or you’re the most comfortable in your bed, create a clean, creative space for yourself. It’ll do wonders.

Let’s keep this motion rolling!

Cheers,
— Brey


18 thoughts on “Finding the Will to Clean

  1. I resonate so much with this post. I am pretty sure I didn’t write as much this weekend because I stayed in my bed for too long. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  2. My most troublesome spot is our bedroom. Every corner is a pile hot spot. 😦 My office is fine. What keeps me from writing more is my full-time job (four 10-hour days per week), sporadic portrait sessions, and the internet in general. When I sit down to write, I end up with many tabs open and my monkey mind bouncing all over the place until I’m out of time.

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  3. I can totally relate to this post. I can’t function if my house is in a mess. However, what usually happens is that when my emotions are in shambles so is my house. Strange thing if you ask me. But if I am in a good space emotionally my house is sparkling clean. The state of my house usually shows by how things look home wise.
    Thank you for sharing your post.

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  4. There’s nothing I find more therapeutic than cleaning my whole room top to bottom. It’s such an incredible stress reliever! When I was a teenager my room was a mess, but now that I live in a space that is (mostly) my own, I find myself much more motivated to clean than ever before. And I agree! It definitely increases productivity (especially studying).

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  5. My room is always in tip-top shape, but I love my bed. I work best at my desk, the kitchen table or in a coffee shop though, so I have to force myself to not collapse into bed the moment I get home from school. I’m glad you were able to get so much done! Those days are the best 🙂

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  6. I can definitely relate! The way I decorate could be looked at as clutter; if, each item didn’t have it’s unique and thought provoking place.

    When mail, dishes, snack wrappers left by my six year old, and the like start to fill up the space- it gets very bubble bursting. I find a clean space inspires us to do our best work. “Finding the will to clean” can be very challenging, I understand.

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  7. I can totally relate. Sometimes, it’s so hard to find the motivation to clean (especially when doing dishes wakes up your napping baby), but I feel completely unmotivated to do anything else if my house is a mess. I’m in the middle of a giant cleaning spree this week.

    Funny side note: I also have to fix our vacuum before I can vacuum.

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  8. I am doing exactly that today! I had yesterday off work as well and I was unashamedly lazy, so that today I would get down to business. Laundry is running, water is being filtered for the fish, I’m doing a water change on the tank, and piles of mail are being gone through! Three cheers for both of us! It’s amazing what an uncluttered space can do for the mind and the soul.

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  9. Great post! I totally agree, if my flat is a mess I feel like my life is a mess and I just cannot concentrate. I am way more productive when everything is clean and tidy!! (I will shamefully admit though that I recently hired cleaners because I just hate it so much!!) x

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  10. I have a love/hate relationship with cleaning. I tend to do it when I’m stressed out and need to “relax” or clear my mind if I’m really anxious. Otherwise, we leave dishes and they pile up and we hate sweeping/vacuuming. Now that we’ve moved to a smaller apartment though, I’m trying to establish a new cleaning schedule so that things don’t pile up and our home looks tidier. 🙂

    Great post.

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  11. Lol. I have a clean room to work in! It’s called “the cafe at Barnes & Noble.”

    I keep on promising myself that I’ll get around to it at home. My sons have moved out and I need to sort through their stuff and let go of all those “cute year” memories. When they were smaller, I’d stash what I thought was junk and wait a couple of months for them to ask for it before throwing it out. It’s much harder now that I don’t hardly ever see them!

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