I'm doing a fall cleaning today. This means I'm going to organize the closets, mop the floors, dust, bathrooms...basically just do a deep cleaning while organizing at the same time. I'm a purger by nature, I don't hold on to many things and this means meaningless crap doesn't build up too much, which is good. This doesn't mean I'm a neat freak though. I'm a purger with a messy habit. I may only have 15 pairs of shoes, but 10 of them seem to always find their way into the "death zone" as Scott calls it. Meaning, in his path down the stairs, in the path to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Any place where he can brake his neck. I hate when he jokes about it, but really, it's true.
In many ways I'm like Sarah-Cynthia-Sylvia-Stout. OK, not that bad, but I have been known to let the laundry pile up the wall...regularly. Not my best moments.
Here's what I notice about clutter. When the house is messy, I feel messy. I feel out of control, I want to do nothing. Scott and I both have a bit of a nasty perfectionist streak. Not the kind that obsesses about having ironed sheets and dollar bills, but the kind that get so overwhelmed that we have a tendency to do nothing. When I see a pile of clutter I can tackle it. When I see 7 piles, I just want to shut down. It's like, if I can't do it all right now, I want no part of it. Scott's dad struggled with this so bad, every year he'd start cleaning out the garage and only finish this small section, but that small section was pristine down the the garage floor.
When the house starts to get messy I notice Scott and I bicker more. When the house is cluttered I eat more and move less. It's like there's this psychic weight to the house when it's dirty and that weight somehow finds its way to my gut. Do you know what I'm talking about? Think about when your house is super clean and neat and you climb into bed into clean fresh sheets. Don't you just feel relaxed? I think having a orderly house can be so important for weight loss. Maybe not for all, but for someone like me who's highly sensitive to her environment, it's a must.
If you do only two housekeeping things a day, I suggest having a clean sink and a made bed. it's good for the soul :)
Now, back to picking up the 900 fur balls floating around in the corner of the wood floors! awesome.