Growing up, I never got to understand why my mum wouldn’t go to bed with dirty dishes in the sink. My thinking was, it would take the same amount of time to do them at night as it would the next morning. Plus she wouldn’t be as tired as she was at night.

Many years later in my youthful years,it now makes sense.Most of the nights, I’m so tired, the last thing I want to do is wash the dirty dishes in the sink. Instead  I embark on watching movies, reply to messages on my phone and finally go to bed. Only to wake up in the morning with pangs of hunger directing you to the kitchen to prepare breakfast only to be greeted by a messy kitchen that’s when I wish I had done the dishes before I went to bed.

Yes, one part of it is cleanliness whereas the other part is psychological behind the mess and the clutter. It’s something I discovered a while back. When things were always in a rotating mess (as I liked to call it,) I used to say, “I am just not a good housekeeper.” Maybe that was true. But what I didn’t realize was that having a mess around me was affecting my happiness and productivity.

How can something like a messy or cluttered house versus a clean and organized house affect you so much? I started thinking about it when I read an article by insomnia experts on how you can cultivate your evening routine to avoid falling asleep so easily especially when you have your unresolved house chores

I was devoting a month to getting my home and life uncluttered. After reading that, it just struck a chord with me. I realized, whether or not I was a good housekeeper it didn’t really matter. What counted was if the mess affected me or not, affected my  happiness or not.I realized it did.

I was trying to be the girl that didn’t care if the sink was full of dishes, the cluttered. It was more important having fun and doing things for myself. All of that is true, but being in a constant state of disorganization then doing massive clean ups on a weekly basis was really taking a toll on me.

Don’t get me wrong, my house is not spotless. Everything is not clean, dusted and in its place, I’ll never be able to do that. What I am doing now is taking that extra 15 or 20 minutes after a meal to make sure the table is clear and the dirty dishes in the sink are washed. I am also taking some time each night , to pick up stuff from the floor, put the dirty clothes in the laundry basket and tidy up the room.

It honestly makes me happier to see things tidy before I go to bed.It’s nice to wake up to a clean place in the morning. I feel better and more productive when I sit at my laptop to work and there isn’t a ton of stuff everywhere. It helps me focus on the task at hand.

It also makes me understand now why my Mom wouldn’t go to bed with dirty dishes in the sink. After all, I am my mother’s daughter.


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