A clean room is a clean mind. Just as you can change your feelings by changing your behavior, you can change your inner state by changing your outer state. Having a clean room makes you feel better subconsciously. It makes you feel good about yourself and increases your self-esteem. Tidying up your room can be very relaxing and can be a good rest from stress. If you keep your room clean, you will be able to live better and focus more on what you are trying to achieve.
There are a few things you can do to ensure that your room is always clean and pleasant to live in. It’s not necessary to clean every day, but you should still do it once in a while. Your days off of school, Saturday and Sunday, are the best days to do this. Here are some tips to help you:
- Throw away any trash. Any unfinished food, torn-up papers, wrappers, etc. belong in the trash category. You don’t need it, and it’s unappealing to have trash laying around. Food will start to stink if you leave it around too long and it begins to attract bugs.
- Decide what is essential, preferable, and unnecessary for your room. The other items in your room should be sorted into “Need”, “Want”, and “Don’t Need or Want”. Of course, keep the most important items that should be in your room like the essential things. Normal bedroom furniture, an alarm clock, and clothing would be some examples. The preferable items are the ones that you would prefer to be in your room, but don’t really need to be in there. These would be things such as toys, books, craft supplies, etc. Unnecessary items would be trash, or objects that just don’t plain belong in your room.
- Ask yourself these questions: “Do I really need this?”, “Do I have the space for this?”, “What is the purpose in keeping this?”, or “Would I care if I threw it away?” Asking yourself these will help get rid of your clutter. These questions would apply to objects such as old birthday cards, toys, stickers, papers, and bags. Do you really need that old birthday card your grandma sent you when you were 10? It’s most likely collecting dust, and not needed.
- Find storage space for extra items. There’s tons of ways to store your clothes, shoes, accessories, books, and other personal belongings. Think of these options: baskets, boxes, shoe organizers, scarf rings, or even hanging shelf systems.
- Put things back where they belong. This will help your room be organized and keep items in their place. It also contributes to feelings of being calm and boosts your self-esteem. It feels good to know that what you were trying to find is in its place. When you can easily search for things in your room, your stress decreases.
- Wash your clothes and sheets. You get smelly and dirty, which makes your fabrics smelly and dirty. It is suggested that bedding be washed at least once or twice a month, and your comforter and pillows be washed when the seasons change. Clothes should be washed after every few wears (Pajamas and jeans: 3-4 wears, Shirts: 1-2 wears). When you put your clothes away, make sure they are folded.
- Make your bed. A well-made bed can make or break the cleanliness of an entire bedroom. You may think that it’s just a hassle to do this, but it really isn’t! The process of making your bed isn’t difficult and doesn’t take a long time. Most often, it takes about 3-5 minutes every morning. Once you do get into the habit, it’ll just become natural and will no longer be a hassle.
- Just do it! It can be hard to find motivation to clean, but just remember: you can do it! Set a schedule and stick to it. If you need to, you can sing, whistle, or listen to music while cleaning. Do whatever makes you happy. Make sure to avoid any distractions such as TV, your phone, and other devices. Once you’re done, reward yourself by going out to lunch or watching a good movie.
Lastly, I’d like to say: remind yourself why you are cleaning. You are cleaning your room for your own peace of mind, happiness, and pride of ownership. Be proud of your new, tidy, and organized room. You own it.