A Life of Routine: A Tidy Home Makes for a Tidy Mind

tidy home

Good day to you all, pilgrims.

Do you procrastinate like I do? Do you sometimes find yourself worrying about a workload rather than gearing yourself up to tackle it? Maybe you’re someone who has planned their goals and keeps well to them, but still has problems focussing some days. Perhaps it’s time to review the space around you.

Hi, my name is Alex (give us a wave) and I often live this life in the balance of achievement against worry. I have no wife and no children and my social skills have seemed to diminish as I get older (or people have become more irritating).

What I worry about most though is income and stability. Having no family of my own also bares a weight on my natural yearn to love and be loved, but the real problem within us all is keeping to that structure and routine that can take us from disarray to clarity.

As I develop and learn more about the world of writing I do have something to nurture from one day to the next. It’s a matter of structure as much as it is a matter of compassion, and for me it all starts with how my home life is set up.

What I’ve been keeping to recently is nothing new, but still worth a mention. It comes in the shape of a routine of cleaning and maintaining my home because a tidy home helps me tidy my mind. In fact it’s downright obvious to us all, yet I know for sure that the more naturally panicky, dreamy or lazy amongst us suffer from similar inconsistencies when it comes to finding a rhythm and purpose for each day.

Every Day Brings the Challenge of Living Well

If you have a house and family to run I’m sure everything I suggest will be basic level to you. But if you are on your own it can be a challenge to keep your home in order.

Now I use these tasks as pegs for achievement and self-motivation. It’s a get-up-and-go order to things.

1. Wash up and tidy the kitchen every morning

Some like to live in utter tidiness. Some like to relax and let things take care of themselves. Most of us live in between these two extremes but what I propose is, depending on available time, clean your kitchen every morning.

Too many days have been spent in a state of untidiness. This is not to say I’ve lived in shambles until now, but the basic act of dragging my weary self out of bed to the kitchen to wash a few bits from the day before gives me a wholesome feeling.

Believe me, every time you go to make a cup of tea or grab a bite to eat, you’ll be left with the sensation of a cleansed mind as well as minor accomplishment before the day has truly begun.

Tidy Home = Tidy Mind

2. Clean your bathroom every other day

Yuk. Old hair, stains and dust. This is something you may not want to face first thing in the morning. What I’ve found from maintaining a clean and shiny bathroom is that it is a relaxing place to be, even heart-warming (I may be a bit sad).

In comparison, when it’s messy and smelly you’ll feel rotten and sickly, and as you need to use the bathroom several times a day you’ll find yourself worn down by this feeling. After a shower it’s lovely to feel clean and be surrounded by cleanliness. I’ve even found myself dancing around the bathroom because it shines, which replaces a murky mind with clarity (I definitely am a bit sad).

Clean Home = Bright Mind

3. Take on recycling

The environment is important of course, but for me separating rubbish in different bins for different collections days has always been something I’ve told myself will feature later in my life. My younger self came up with excuses that circle around ignorance and selfishness, like “other people my age don’t bother, so why should I?”

‘Later in life’ is now. I’m almost thirty and, like with cleaning, the emphasis of recycling takes a different toll. I’m doing it for the world but I’m mainly doing it for myself. Nothing rings of more tidiness than the laborious task of getting glass, metals and plastics in their special boxes, and it can set the tone for a refreshing home-life throughout the week.

In the UK there are recycling banks on the streets. These banks, massive plastic bins, are often in close proximity to shops or a shopping centre. If you’d like more information on the ‘how to’ and the ‘what and where’ to recycle you can visit this website; it gives information and links to other websites with instructions on all sorts of household products that can be recycled.

So what are your most important or most loathed tasks of the day? How do you make time for them? And how do you regard your cleanliness in relation to your motivation?

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4 thoughts on “A Life of Routine: A Tidy Home Makes for a Tidy Mind”

  1. As a pool teacher (without an assignment), I go into classrooms which are never clean or organized. I cannot work in a dirty disorganized environment. I end up cleaning for them and more often than not, I even organize their work.

    • That must be irritating, though I’d draw the line at organizing other people’s papers. Don’t want to give them the impression that their work magically sorts itself out. I agree though, working around mess is stressful if not impossible.


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