A Good Cleaning Day Can Brighten Your Outlook

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Over the past couple of weeks I've been feeling a bit low, the dreary weather, the dark nights, it all got on top of me. Today I got up and decided to have a bit of a cleaning day, the hoovering desperately needed doing, not to mention the polishing, and the windows, and... well let's just say cleaning is not a priority!

All morning I've been putting shoes under the stairs, tidying toys away now the boys are at school, and the hoover got switched on. I pulled the polish out from under the sink and polished the window sills too. 


As I was hoovering the stairs, a job I hate doing because I have to use the nozzles, I began to feel brighter. A smile creeped onto my face as I watched the bits get sucked up into the hoover. 

It felt good to clean! 

This doesn't often happen, I see cleaning as time away from the blog, time I could be using to write. I do put the dishwasher on daily, tidy the kitchen and such, but general cleaning is only done when absolutely necessary. 

Part of the reason for that is I cannot stand cleaning up only to have the boys get out the lego box and tip all the lego out, 5 minutes after I've finished. Cleaning can feel pointless at times because I know that it won't be long before it will all need doing again. It's one of those jobs that is never really finished.  

Today though, even with the dark morning, cleaning up made me happy. Seeing a clean carpet, toys away, a lounge that someone could sit in without having to move something first, made me smile.

Don't get me wrong it's not all perfect, there's still a massive pile of washing to get through and my ironing pile is resembling Everest, but the rest of the house is looking good.

Although I hate cleaning sometimes it does brighten my mood, it's like therapy. 

A good cleaning day almost feels like you're cleaning out your mind. Does that make sense?

With the day-to-day humdrum of life your mind can get bogged down in details, bits of jobs left on 'floor', dust settles in the corners, and a good cleaning day almost feels like you're cleaning up your mind too.

Perhaps it's the mindlessness of it, maybe it's taking time away from other stuff and just getting on with it, either way I'm glad to be feeling brighter.

It's made me wonder about sorting out other rooms and getting rid of 'clutter' but I think I'll save it. Maybe I'll need it as the days get shorter!

How do you brighten your mood this time of year?


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12 comments:

  1. This is so true! I had a massive clean on Sunday and it really lifted my mood. I think it's the ability to create order in an area of my life.

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    1. Thanks. I agree with your 'create order' statement, I think that's pretty much it isn't it. :)

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  2. Ok...I have to agree with you. You're right (even though I do not want to admit it). I think it's the satisfaction with the outcome when you're finished. I pat myself on the back and then say "You've done it!". I usually think about blog ideas when I am washing the toilets. The task itself is mindless and so repetitive that I don't think about what I'm doing. I'm just doing it. There's nothing like the feel of clean floors and of feeling on top of things until the kids get home from school-than I throw a tantrum and then think "Why did I even bother?" LOL

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    1. Oh yes hun I do that too! The second the boys get home the house reverts and I feel like I wasted my time. However, these days because they're at school I do get to enjoy the clean and tidy house until they get home!

      You must ALWAYS pat yourself on the back! ;)

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  3. To a point I can relate to this. I recently hired a skip and oversaw a massive clear out of junk that had built up after five years of living in this house. It felt awesome ot get rid of so much clutter! A good clean and clear out can lighten the mood, definitely. #sharewithme

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    1. Thanks John, I love a good clear out. :)

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  4. But don't iron! That just brings me back down! I fold and put away as quickly as possible! If something needs ironing to wear - very rare - that is when I iron!

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  5. This is so true, there's something about a clean house that reeks of polish. (Or the smell of virtue as we call it!) Tomorrow that house will be mine!

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    1. Oh yay! Hope you enjoyed the clean smelling house. xx

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  6. I feel the same way. If I need a revamp or to feel refreshed I clean nonstop until every room is in order than I feel so much better for it. lol Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me and hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round. #sharewithme

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    1. I love to take a day or two every now and again and clean the whole house. I feel so much brighter afterwards. Of course I don't do it too often because I watch as the house goes back to normal in the hour after the boys get home! ;) Thanks for stopping by xx

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