Eternal Sunshine of A Spotless Room

No matter how filthy something gets, you can always clean it right up.

God. Bruce Almighty.

Studies show that creative people have a tendency to be messy. Guess I’m really creative then.

Cleaning the house thoroughly and regularly is a healthy regiment. I don’t know if I’m any different now but Between puberty and graduating from University, I wouldn’t have known anything about that since I only cleaned thoroughly when

1) I’m stressed

2) The landlady is paying a visit

3) Things that were dead before now were starting to move

My apartment when I was a student was at its cleanest during finals and assignment submissions.

There’s just something therapeutic about cleaning. The drone of the vacuum cleaner calms my nerves. Weeding out our potted plants makes even the sweat taste sweet. Even using an old toothbrush to clean out the toilet crud brings a sense of accomplishment.

At the end of the day, when I see the sparkly floor and get a whiff of the over-commercialized home brand lilac air freshener wafting through the house, I start to see things in a different perspective. Besides bringing the physical to a new aesthetically pleasing level, internally a warm sensation seeps through my entire being.

I start seeing my assignments as less repugnant. My life looks more progressive. The bad decisions I made since my last cleanup seems more forgivable and more than that, a whole lot more correctable. Elements against my will that were once as boulders standing unmovingly in my way, suddenly looked like pebbles I could now kick away.

Nothing in my circumstance has changed in the last few hours, but now, where I saw the street lights dimming, I began to see the sun rising instead.

I’ve learned cleaning is two things: Consistent and Thorough.

Cleaning is not a once a year procedure but a consistent awareness of any area that needs cathartical attention. Obviously last years’ shower will not do me any good today. Nor Monday’s perfume cover todays B.O.

And like any wound not cleaned thoroughly can bring back the infection, so any problem not dealt with thoroughly will bring back the same issues, sometimes at a larger measure.

The past few weeks has been a result of piling up unresolved dirt. You can only shove dust bunnies for so long under the carpet before the bulge starts to show or a kind of smell starts to flow. It felt like a mountain to endure, but I’ve always known, no matter how filthy something gets, you can always clean it right up.

There’s something therapeutic about confronting a mess. It brings hope, at least for me, that things can only get better from here on out.

The first step is always to reach out for the detergent.

If a cluttered desk signs a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?

Albert Einstein

Inspired by Sy Rogers.

Thinking of: FlutterShy, B.A.P.’s Warrior, cleaning more consistently and making a final decision.

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