Growing up, I never really understood My Mom 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. And she wouldn’t be as tired as she was after a late night.
Do many years later in my campus room it all 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. So I don’t. I watch films, look at my phone and go to bed. Of course when I wake up in the morning to see a messy kitchen, I really wish that I had cleaned up the night before you feel me haha
Yes, one part of it is cleanliness, but another part is the psychology 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.” And 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 vs 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 one month to getting her home and life un-cluttered. After reading that, it just struck a chord with me. I realized, whether or not I was a good housekeeper didn’t really matter. What did matter was if the mess affected me or not, affected my over happiness or not. And I realize, that it actually 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 that was having fun and doing things for myself. All of that is true, but being in a constant state of disorganization and then doing a big massive clean on a weekly basis was really taking its toll.
Now 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 counter and table are 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 some laundry in the washer and tidy up the room.
It honestly makes me happier to see things tidy before I go to bed. And 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.
Was there something that your mom used to do that you didn’t understand as a child but makes total sense as an adult?