Messy home, messy mind - 5 tips

February 4, 2021

Clean up the mess with 5 simple tips

If a home doesn't make sense, nothing does. - Henrietta Ripperger 

You sit the living room and try to concentrate, but every corner of the room is reminiscent of a place where a small tornado has passed and left behind a chaotic swirl of random things. 

Chaos. Random. Messy. Disorganized. 

Yes it actually affects life! When the first thing we see when we wake up is chaos - it draws our attention away from what is actually important and attaches it to all things that are misplaced and thus drain our energy. 

Many people know what to do, but lack motivation, inspiration and perhaps a little guide to getting started. That's why we've set up 5 simple tips for you! 

1. Make a list and set of time! 

Should you move, have a winter cleaning or maybe you just need a more routine clearing routine, then lists your closest friend. Type each area or room as a heading and list to-dos below. Once you have this list it's easy to get started, and maybe you'll also realize who created the problem in the first place? 

Spend a certain time every day - it can be as little as 10 minutes. Do not clear outside this time - and do not feel guilty. The purpose of this is to show yourself exactly when to start and exit. If you want to extend the time, continue! It is advisable to start small and expand, instead of starting large and cutting down. It is liberating to know that you are only "allowed" to clean up during a certain time window. 

2. Get your shoes on! 

Start by putting on flip-flops, slippers or indoor shoes. What happens in your brain when you put on a pair of shoes? The brain records that you should go, go to work, exercise, go for a walk or out to do something.

Since we have trained our brains to understand that we are putting on shoes to perform an activity or business, the body also prepares to increase energy levels to do so. This will provide an instant wave of energy to clean, clean, organize your home. So on with the shoes, it's a good start! 

3. Focus on one room at a time 

"Should I fold those clothes that are in the laundry room. Can't stand it now." 

"Should I make a good meal? It's so messy in the kitchen from before, then I have to clean up first, can't stand!" 

"Should I invite some friends to visit? Easier to go to them or meet outside, embarrassing to invite here, it's so messy!" 

The list is long and there are endless examples! Most of the time, we spend more time and energy thinking about the mess than doing something about it! 

The brain is motivated to do more when we give it small and measurable tasks - preferably a performance with short-term commitments. In this way, the body, the brain helps to see results and thus motivate you to continue working in full over a longer period of time. 

Focus on one room at a time so you keep track while you clean!

In this way, you start clearing, washing and organizing the room where it is needed most, thus feeding the brain and body with the achievement and motivation to get other rooms done when the greatest weight has already been lifted. Continue to use this "hardest-room-first" mentality to work your way through every room in your home. This will continue to add achievements to the "moral bucket", and keep you motivated in the end. 

Tip 1: Finish a room before proceeding. 

Tip 2: Close the rooms after they are completed. 

Tip 3: Bring a large garbage bag with you while you clean.

4. Make it fun and reward yourself for a well-done job! 

Plan your reward in advance so you have something to look forward to when you're done. Being able to look forward to something will give you positive reinforcement to perform similar tasks in the future. Also create ways to make sure the mess doesn't pile up again. The more control you have the more affordable it is for the next time you start the same process, and the less chance you'll delay getting it done. 

Listen to music you like or have someone join you in the process. If you make it fun, you will enjoy it more and probably move a little faster. 

5. Notice how it affects the rest of your life

Feeling better? Do you have more energy and excess? Do you feel lighter in general? Realize how important it is to keep a messless life if you have to feel better emotionally, mentally and physically. It makes it easier to have a productive day when you're not surrounded by clutter. 

Take these five tips, or the steps if you want - and you'll feel amazing. Remember that a clean home, a clean office, a clean car equivalent is pure mind.  

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