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Keeping the home environment clean – why is that important?
Hello to those who have stopped by to glance over my first blog entry!
If you are like me in some ways, you probably not a big neat freak (not talking about workplace, just home). I honestly prefer to keep some level of entropy in my house for I think it looks more like a place to live in, not a museum or a laboratory. I was raised with an idea in mind such as “you are a girl; you always have to keep everything clean.” My rebellious nature often played bad tricks on me, because I was plain outraged by the fact that I had to do the dishes, mop and sweep, dust and water plants, and my brother only had to take the trash out every other day. Is it just because of the anatomical structure? – I always wondered. Therefore, the cleaning process for me has become a torture in many ways. To be honest, I would rather be analyzing a urine specimen, rather than be doing a thorough clean up. Yuck!
However, I am a family woman now; I work in the field where I am required to keep everything in check and in the right place. With my mind – I understand that perfectly, and the process of washing, wiping and so on does not bother me at work as much as household chores. I dread it! I hate it, but I absolutely need to do it.
It is scientifically proven that the clean and neat environment affects our working/learning abilities in a good way. I noticed that too. If I do my homework and see the mess surrounding me, I become very angry and distracted. If everything is where it should be, and I do not smell someone’s dirty socks – I will accomplish more. With having a child, it is more important to keep the rooms organized, because now it is also a safety measure. There are many health risk factors that involve constant mess: allergies and asthma being a most common result. The simplest example of messy personality disadvantage may be many uncomfortable incidents involving opposite sex. Say, if you are a guy expecting a girlfriend at your place for the first time. All of sudden, right before her visit you start noticing dirt under your couch, stained sheets and a load of greasy dishes... pretty? Don't think so!
So, what did I come up with? Since some chores cause the sickness in my stomach, my husband and I came up with a schedule (kind of like the one you would have at work). Monday is a kitchen day, Tuesday – bedroom, Wednesday – child’s room, Thursday – bathroom, Friday – day out, Saturday and Sunday – laundry, mopping, and whatever else is left. Besides that, every day, there are: dishes, cooking and trash take-out. Here, it is all easier – who is home more is required to do at least a half of that list on a given day.
When it is my turn, it helps a lot to get everyone out, turn some favorite music on and go on dancing with a mop. I hear it is also a good exercise!
For those of you who live in dorms, that schedule or system also can be easily modified if you absolutely HATE cleaning. Pick the chores you can “digest” and stick to them, let your roommate do the rest (if they are ok with it, of course)
I promise you though; it gets better once you slide into a schedule. Clean house usually provides better attitudes!