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Cleanliness is next to Godliness

Spring cleaning is in the air. The sweet, crisp wind blows from house to house spreading this fever. I’ve caught it and it seems like everyone has gotten it. Everyone EXCEPT my roommates. I am revolting. I want to see them doing the cleaning—the bathroom, the kitchen and the living room. I am living in filth, the dishes are gross, the countertop is grimy and the rug has to be vacuumed.

I feel that I’m blessed with my moderately-strict parents that made me do my chores during school days and especially on weekends. By no means was I a spoiled child growing up. If my chores weren’t done, I was not allowed to go out with my friends and have fun.

Leaving little pink sticky notes around the room is a subtle reminder for my roommates to clean the dishes when the sink is full, to wipe down the bathroom counter when there is toothpaste crusted on the faucet, and to tidy up in the living room when the blankets are all over the place.

When that doesn’t work I say, “Hey want to help me with [insert chore here].” That way they cannot get out of sprucing up the room(s). This usually works and my roommates don’t seem to mind because we talk about our days and what’s going on in the up and coming week.

My secret weapon to encourage cleaning is scheduling a day during which we all get together and go on a cleaning spree. Our cleaning spree will last around an hour to an hour and a half, and if we’re feeling lucky we’ll bust out two!

The benefits of a clean living space are: you know where everything is; no pesky ants or other insects; it’s easier to steer a way to your bed; and you protect yourself and your roommates from mold and bacteria growth. You also have fresher air, more room to be spontaneous (having people over and not being embarrassed), and you get the “feel-good factor.” And best of all, since I have two left feet, it lessens accidents around the room/apartment/home.

In my opinion, when you have a clean room you are more active. When your room is messy I think it consumes you and you just get stuck in a vicious circle. It’s like your room doesn’t want you to leave until it is clean.

When you are stuck in a rut with your mess, you’re more likely to fall behind on your class work.

My philosophy is that when you have a messy room it reflects on your work in the classroom. Dr. Carol R. Doss of the Family Counseling Center Association says to “think about the messy room as a metaphor for life.”

A clean room makes for a clear mind, one to focus on the task at hand. A cluttered room leaves you feeling uptight and anxious; having a clutter free home allows you to be calm. So keep your room looking spick and span.