by Jimmy Warden
Look around your room. What do you see? Does it seem that things are everywhere? That nothings is where it should be? Are there items on the floor? Now think about how your life is going right now. Are you feeling “lost”? Are you feeling like no matter what you do, your days feel scattered and you have no idea which direction you’re going? Don’t worry, you are not alone.
When I am most “lost” in life, my room tends to be a reflection of that as well. As kids, our parents would often tell us (usually out of rage or frustration, perhaps both) to go clean our rooms as a punishment. Maybe this is why we have had messy rooms as adults, due to this negative connotation with cleaning your room.
However, I will say that despite not being a fan of cleaning my room while I was growing up, I have realized that cleaning your room has tremendous benefits that spread far beyond just the clean room (although that is a tremendous benefit too). Here are five that came to my mind after meditating and even learning about how important keeping a clean room is to our well-being.
1. It gives you something to do
In today’s world, we have a million and one things to do each day and we only have a select number of hours to complete it, considering that out of our 24-hour day, about 7-8 of those are sleep, 8-9 are work, and about 4 are maintenance (eating, cleaning ourselves, commuting, returning text messages/phone calls), which only gives us about 3-5 hours to do some of the other things that are on our daily to-do list. Due to the fact we have so many items on the list, we often don’t know where to start, so instead we freeze in fear of confronting the metaphorical monster in our closet (maybe literally in this case). By making a decision to clean your room, you have chosen a starting point and are now making progress towards a day that’s a little more meaningful.
2. It gives you control
Our stress usually begins with things that we have no control over because we fear the unknown, no matter what form the unknown takes. By deciding to clean your room, you are taking control of your life in the present moment in hopes that it brings you a little closer to your ideal future. By taking control, your direction because to help calm down the anxiety that has been swirling around in your head in the form of all the tasks you’ve been avoiding. Your scatter brain will be a little less scattered and more ready for what is to happen next.
3. Instant Gratification
Everyone in this world is programmed to want instant gratification. No matter how much we’re able to delay our gratification, it took practice to delay it to the point where we’re at now. Perhaps, we’re still not there. Cleaning your room allows you to indulge in instant gratification and trigger a nice healthy dose of dopamine through your system. This feeling of accomplishment leaves you feeling proud of a room well cleaned.
4. Momentum Baby
Considering that human beings are incapable of multi-tasking (it’s really task switching that you’re doing when you’re brushing your teeth and texting) it takes momentum in order to complete all of the things on our to-do list because they can only be completed one at a time. Cleaning your room can help inspire you to “keep going” and get more done in an efficient amount of time.
5. Your Room will be Beautiful!
This last part is definitely the most beneficial because your room will be a work of art. Everything will be in the proper place, items will be organized, you’ll be able to find things quickly, and you won’t be embarrassed to show people. People will actually be in awe of how your room looks.