I always like clean, tidy, neat and fresh house. I think as we spend maximum time of our day in the house and thus it should be hygienic enough, pollutant free, clear and fresh to live in. Clean house helps us to be away from diseases and gives pleasant feeling as well. Being mother of two children I am more careful and try to maintain clean and disinfected house, clothes and utensils.
My day starts with cleaning and it ends with doing the same. My cleaning activity includes dusting , mopping , sweeping and cleaning fans ,shelves ,closets , wardrobes ,kitchen trolleys ,electronic gadgets as and when I find time from my daily routine. I spend daily at least 2 hours for making house and things in it stain free and clear.
I get tired many times by doing these activities and take rest on the excessive cleaning day. My energy gets drained completely with it, but still I repeat it often.
Problem comes when I am sick, I get too much irritated with dirt and untidy house .More than my illness dirty house irks me. My family and friends tease me saying its symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder. As I feel uncomfortable to see dirt, dust anywhere in the house.
interestingly I met many women (having OCD just like me :-)) like me who want their house clean and neat always. Actually cleaning gives pleasure and satisfaction to them. These women love clean house,floor , cupboards ,curtains ,windows , fans , electronic gadgets, beds ,clothes, utensils, crockery, showpieces, paintings, furniture and everything is always clean ,stain free. As I am part of this cleanliness freak league I never felt odd and life was going on.The question here is this much cleaning of house and things worth of time? Spending so much of time and energy on it, is it correct?
I never thought about this until an incident happened with me. I went to an exhibition and met one of my relative aunties there. While exploring in exhibition together we came across one poster stating “Clean house is sign of wasted life”.
It was shocking to read it.I started discussing about this quote with my aunty with an expectation of displeasure from her as well.
But she presented totally different side of the quote to me. she said , “ Why would anyone write a quote like this if it won’t mean anything ?” the author might also be mother ,father of someone and might be well educated about health and importance of hygiene ,But still he/she has this statement to say. There must be purpose behind it, and it’s totally meant for people who spend excessive time / give importance (Or have OCD for cleaning) on cleaning house. For clean house loads of efforts/ time of a person are necessary, which means a life is behind it.
She suggested cleaning is important but not more than self. We women spend so much of time on family, friends, relatives and then cleaning house and thus we hardly get a time for ourselves. Aunty said she had done same things for whole life and now she doesn’t want her next generation also doing same things.
According to her we should prioritize tasks, activities and don’t forget to take out time for our self as well. I thought about aunt’s opinions for many days, She was totally right? If house is less clean ,curtains ,bed sheets washed few times in a month it will be ok .But giving time to self is important, which women ignore many times.
If I give some time from my cleaning schedule to my hobbies, I’ll be more delighted, satisfied and happy soul. As usually I can’t find time with daily routine to do things I love.And yes I decided to change myself (cleaning habits) and concentrate more on things which give me pleasure. This quote is totally true; I realized it when I implemented it. I spend so much of my time on cleaning and making house and things in it tidy all the time.I started prioritizing things and tasks from my daily routine like:
Is it truly necessary to clean windows, curtains, doors, carpets, blankets,bedsheets, furniture, closets, kitchen trolleys so frequently ?
The answer is “NO”, if you are cleaning it by giving your time and efforts. Avoid it doing so. Instead decide schedule/period when it’s necessary to clean these things.
Daily cleaning should include only few things from above list. Plan weekly/monthly cleaning schedule for above list.E.g. If I cleaned curtains, doors, windows , furniture once in 2 weeks ,I started doing it once in month. Now I do dusting after every 2 days instead of doing it regularly. It’s not the case I like more dirt in my house, but how I do it depends on the time I get. Time saved from cleaning is getting utilized in blogging, reading, writing and resting (Please don’t laugh, Rest is also important for women). Initially it was difficult to see little dirt , dust around house, but I changed my attitude (habits) slowly to get 30 minutes more daily. And believe me , I am extremely happy to get these 30 minutes for myself.
Outsourcing these cleaning tasks is one more option, which not only will save your energy and time but also it will give the satisfaction which you get only after seeing clean, tidy house. I try to get much cleaning work done from my house maid.This one line poster and my aunt’s explanation about it has truly changed my life and I am writing this post with a hope , It will be helpful for someone else too.
This blog post is author’s personal experience. It’s dedicated to all wonderful supermoms and super women.