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May 02, 2019 23:49:26

Tidy Room = Tidy Mind

by @soulinantarctica | 337 words | 17🔥 | 85💌

Anna Kaczynski

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For a lot of people this probably won’t be particularly groundbreaking or insightful but I wanted to take the time to write today about the zen art of tidying shit up.

I know this isn’t a particularly new revelation; there have been numerous people who have extolled the subtle power of maintaining a tidy home and the surprisingly therapeutic benefits of cleaning. It is only recently however that I have begun to appreciate the impact your surroundings can have on your mental wellbeing.

I have never been a particularly tidy or messy person; my approach to tidiness was not extreme enough in either direction to be a defining or mentionable characteristic. I existed within spaces without much thought about their possible effect on my mental state. I cleaned and tidied as was necessary but without much thought, attention or care, it was very much simply a chore to be ticked off a list.

I am not exactly sure when I first heard someone talking about the transformational power of cleaning and tidying but it registered somewhere in my mind and then when I saw the same advice repeated by several different sources I started to pay a little more attention. I do recall reading a book in which the author detailed her experience with the cleansing power of having a big throw out, tidy up and clean up and this inspired me to reconsider my own personal living spaces and how I could improve them in the same way.

I think clutter and untidiness in a room somehow relates to the mental clutter we sometimes feel in our minds. There is something about the process of organising a room that helps to simultaneously organise the mind.

There is something comforting about putting objects in their rightful place.

In a world that is often chaotic and unpredictable the notion of taking control of your immediate environment can be a comforting coping mechanism.

I found this post particularly difficult to write I’m hoping tomorrow’s 200WaD comes easier to me!

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    @soulinantarctica I tend to be more on the messier side. I do like the finished product of a clean and tidy area, but I dread the process of a big clean up. The problem is I haven't focused on habits that would allow me to keep areas clean and tidy, so it accumulates over time and leads to big clean-ups. This is on my list but not a high priority. I appreciate the reminder.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 03, 2019 08:29:23
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