Are you always wondering why stress worsens each time you come home to a dishevelled and grimy place? Most of us, if not all, experience this kind of stress every single day of our lives.
Well, you’re not alone. Due to a “materialistic mindset,” people tend to buy anything they want without control, unable to see that it will only end up as piles of junk. As a result, it becomes much harder to relax at home with clutter disturbing your peaceful mind.
1. Quit the habit of materialism
Most people enjoy accumulating stuff because they fall victim to sales and discounted prices. Some are even tempted to buy things they don’t need because they feel that at the moment, it’s what they want. However, the moment you bring those items back home, you’ll realize that you don’t need it.
The more useless items you bring home because of shopping urges, the more unhappy you’ll be. First and foremost, you’ll have a hard time figuring out where to put them. With too many things to organize, it’ll be harder for you to maintain a clean house.
Practising a minimalist approach can be challenging. But by avoiding a materialistic life, you rid yourself of a chaotic mindset.
How to practice minimalism?
Minimalism is a lifestyle of appreciating life more in having less material things. You can do many things to practice and get used to minimalism. Donating clothes, cooking and eating homemade food and investing in reusable and cleanable stuff instead of disposables, though simple acts, can go a long way.
If you want to enjoy a clutter-free home and a clearer mind, learn to embrace that “less is more.” Having fewer items at home doesn’t mean you can’t afford to buy things. It just goes to show that you know where your priorities lie.
When you decide to take a minimalist approach, go and tell yourself that you’re only buying what you need. Don’t allow impulse shopping to be your weakness. If you leave the store with only the things you need, give yourself a little pat on the back for sticking to your minimalist goal.
2. Learn to let go
Whether you believe it or not, cleaning is one of the top activities you can do to release all negative feelings and toxic energies. You feel contented and less tense after getting rid of dirt, dust, grease, and clutter inside your home. The euphoria that letting go of all filthy things from your home brings is also the same as the elation you feel from letting go of all heavy loads you feel deep inside you.
It’s like starting on a clean slate. Cleaning and decluttering your home are both effective mood boosters. But remember to take and do things one step at a time. Don’t force yourself to finish cleaning and decluttering all the things you find annoying all at once. This applies to both cleaning and letting go of negativity and toxicity in life.
3. Enjoy multitasking
Are you familiar with the phrase “work smarter, not harder?” This applies to cleanliness too. The biggest stumbling block that you’ll encounter in cleaning is not the volume of dirt or clutter you need to get rid of. It’s when you feel burdened managing your time and organizing your priorities.
This is unsurprising since it’s tough to find a solid motivation to spend hours or even days cleaning a home so that it could get dirty the next day. After all, it seems much better to spend time attending parties or watching movies rather than punishing yourself by spending all your energy into cleaning. But if you practice multitasking, you will save more time and get everything done.
Just like every other activity you do in life, everything flows well when you create a “masterplan”. With this, your efforts and time will not go to waste. In creating a master plan for cleaning, you need to uncover the most structured order of operations based on the level of intensity a cleaning chore has. For instance, while you do one load of laundry in the washing machine, you can wash the dishes at the same time or water some plants.
Multitasking helps you reap the benefits of your labour which is to have a longer time for yourself and for other things or activities that you want to do.
4. Find delight in small victories
For you to find satisfaction as well as relaxation from having a cleaner home, don’t forget to practice the habit of gratitude. By celebrating simple achievements like laundering soiled clothes, tidying up the sink, deodorizing the refrigerator to finally putting all our excess baggage in life into the trash can of letting go – you’ll learn to appreciate life more.
Cleaning would become a much more productive experience and not a dreaded chore when you know how to be thankful for the progress you’ve made. Your progress no matter how small is worth celebrating. Thank yourself for making a change rather than allowing clutter to build up and swallow your home.
Make cleaning a habit for a clear state of mind
A clean home and a clear mind go hand in hand. If you have a messy home, it will increase your anxiety and stress levels, as well as affect your mood and lead to poor sleep quality. By keeping your home tidy, you can ease these negative feelings and enjoy a more comfortable life.
As expounded by the four points above, the state of your home doesn’t just impact your mind but also affects you in a physical sense. A human’s body is made up of highly organized structure and processes. This is why organization and tidiness are well-rooted deep within genetic codes.
The next time you get tempted to put off cleaning, remember that mess and untidiness will have an effect on your general health. If you’re really too busy to include cleaning in your schedule, you don’t have to go through the process alone. There are plenty of cleaning professionals who can meet your schedule of chores for every room in the house so that you maintain a clean home as well as a clear mind.
This help guide for maintaining a clean home and in having a clearer and stress-free mind was brought to you by Matic Professional, a cleaning company in Dubai.
Mohamed Samad is the Founder & CEO of Matic Services. He started the company in 2016 after a series of small start-ups within the home services sector. Prior to that, Mohamed was Vice President at Greenstone Equity Partners, where he spent 24 months building the UAE business from 2011-2013 with its founder.