Cleaning my room helped improve my writing


messy room doesnt always help me think

I’m always looking for a way to improve my writing and to produce more writing. Well I’m learning that a lot of my problems are right in front of me: my room was dirty as hell.

I have a bad habit of letting my room get dirty because of various things on my mind, poor time management, and laziness. None of these are good reasons, however, they are reasons.

One day, I deep cleaned my whole room and noticed it was easier it was for me to focus on my writing.  My thoughts were organized and free flowing. I didn’t have that ‘damn I have to clean my room so hurry up’ feeling. Who know cleaning my room would make me feel better?

According to Michael J Formica MS, MA, EdM, “The environment with which we surround ourselves is very often a direct expression of where we are emotionally and psycho-spiritually – our global state of mind. If we are distracted, we tend to lose things. If we are disorganized, the piles begin to collect. If we are feeling disconnected, the emails pile up, and the voice mails remain unanswered.”

But I’m learning that it’s more than just free writing and keeping up on my reading. It’s more than just exercising and taking a break. Those are part of the process because they give fuel to write and give my body a break. However, as my mom would say, “You can’t cook in a dirty kitchen.” How can I write when I have mess and slop all over the place?

According to WebMD, “…the sheer stress of a cluttered life means we may miss deadlines, work longer hours, and lose important stuff. Clutter equals stress.”

And I do feel stress free after cleaning up. It’s more than hiding all the dirt and junk in the closet, because to me that’s like adding another responsibility. I have to get rid of all the garbage and vacuum the floors. Dusting and reorganizing is also part of it.  Once I get to cleaning, it only takes like fifteen minutes. I really wonder why I feel as if I don’t have time to clean. In fact, that length of time helps to eliminate excuses and procrastinating.


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