Earlier this year, I spent three weeks of my summer cleaning my room. Not because my mom told me I had to, but mainly because it was a mess, and frankly, it was making me a little depressed. If you walked in, you would be depressed. Clothes, layers of clothes heaped upon each other, dirt and dried leaves, and straw littering the floor. Dust on every surface. A cluttered desk, with no room to slide a computer on, let alone a thin sheet of paper. The tops of my dressers were covered in stuff, chords, stuffed animals, and with the curtains closed, it was dark. Not somewhere you would want to spend your time.
Anyway, I realized it was about time that I make my life a little less depressing. Also, it was summer time and I wouldn’t want to spend summer with a home base like this. So, I put on some music, and tackled my room. I started with the basic stuff, Clothes. I had just recently picked up a copy of “spark joy” by Marie Kondo from the library. It talked about the widely popular KonMari method, and I figured getting an inspirational book might help me deal with my little disaster.
I read it, most of it, and decided that my crusade might need to have a little help from that book. Basically, how it works, is if you have something that you don’t feel joy when seeing, chuck it. It is just making your life more stressful.
I didn’t actually use that all the way, or really go to town on it, but I definitely implemented it.
I got rid of bags upon bags of mostly clothes, without a second thought, they were in the truck, ready to go to thrift. I spent every single hour of every single day for those three weeks cleaning EVERYTHING. All the way down to disinfectant on my baseboard. The morning after I cleaned up, I woke up to what felt like a lot more oxygen than ever before. My cleaning crusade was successful.
Now, since that was just the introduction, you are probably thinking that I should be sending this to a publishing agent rather than my blog. So, let’s get into it. Basically, I’m going to teach how I did, and the steps I took, no matter how you are feeling, this will drastically improve your life. It did with mine. Now I bet you are thinking this is a script for an infomercial. (“Your life will be a depressing load of crap if you don’t buy this amazing product. You will be SO depressed. Buy 50 of these and you will get 25 cents off your next purchase, if you have a Platinum Membership Card. Only through September 24th!”)
Get motivated. Nothing will ever happen to your life if you have no motivation. Watch a room decor video which will probably have artificial lighting and unrealistic saturation to get pumped so you’ll want to have a room like that.
Size up. Survey the rubble. Remember you are stronger than a cracked plastic laundry basket, and some underwear.
Use music to display your confidence, and freak out the monster that is your room. Only clean rooms like good music.
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Just do it. Dive into rising tides of messiness. Don’t put it off.
Focus! Close all adjoining doors. I cannot clean at all if I can see outside my room.
Don’t leave your laptop open, or if it is playing music, blacken the screen, so that you are not averted to it, and are tempted to use it.
Ze three basic rules. Any room cleaning video will have these rules.
Get your hair out of your face.
Wear the comfiest clothes ever.
Make your bed.
Get all your clothes in a pile, wash them off, and/or get rid of them.
Take all of your clothes out of your drawers, and fold them up. Once the floor clothes are clean, fold them up with the drawer clothes. Although the folding will quickly become undone, it is important to do for the final, exhilarating effect.
Toss all trash. Wash all of your dirty dishes. Let your hand have a dish-sud bath.
“Get it all off the floor. There will be no shoving it in the closet for goodness sakes. I want the floor clean!”
“You have cleaned your floor, good girl/boy!
Now I will get you some wonderful…water.”
Water helps you stay focused, and awake, and will helpyou get good stuff flowing. While you are at it, do some stretches, run a lap. Get some of those healthy endorphins.
“Alright. If you insist upon having chocolate, then there are some in a bowl. In the drawing room. Now, now, don’t eat too much.”
Do you seriously feel like your done? Well you are just getting started. After you’ve taken your stretching/water/chocolate break, you can clean your desk. First, you must have nothing on your desk. At all. Treat your desk. Dust it, polish it, make it happy.
Then, you can add your nessecities Pens, pencils Then, you can move on to things you really love. Like pictures, or pieces of paper, things, . The key is to have an unstressful room and as little clutter on your desk. Research was done, and people with a clean desk had a higher productivity rate than those with clutter.
Here is a tip: Everytime you set something on your desk, ask yourself if it really needs to be there.
You may have cleaned your clothes on the floor and in your dresser, but what about the closet?
Make sure everything is on its hanger and set aside any empty hangers. Trust me, you will need them.
Free the grime. Go wild. Clean all surfaces, dust, destroy cobwebs, clean under things and over things, and last of all, vacuum. There is so much embedded in your carpet.
Create your own beautiful haven.
Place things you love right in front of your eyes. Blend the best colors together. Never concentrate dark or light. Spread it out. Your room is your personal paradise. It should make you feel good and energized when you walk in.