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Cleaning Therapy?

Cleaning therapy

Have you ever gone to YouTube and searched “Clean with me” or “Cleaning motivation”? If not, go to YouTube right now and do it.

I mean it, try it…..we’ll wait.

Crazy right?  There are hundreds, or maybe even thousands of videos of just people cleaning.  Cleaning!

I have used cleaning and organizing as a way of not only keeping my environment the way I like it, but also as a way to deal with anxiety and stress.  When I’m down deep in the cavern of darkness there is nothing that helps more than going deep-dive cleaning.

The last several weeks, really since Hurricane Harvey left its mark, I haven’t had the opportunity to really get a deep clean done and I’ve been feeling it.  (Also seeing it and smelling it) I have a few pets, so it doesn’t take long for me to start smelling the dander and fur in the corners.  I’ve been working a lot and just simply haven’t been home much, and when I am home, I’ve been trying to practice more self-care and while cleaning works, its been taking second fiddle to my bed and relaxation.

So this weekend, I scratched work off my list and listened to my body and mind.  I had a few “have-to” obligations, but most of this weekend has been dedicated to the words “want-to”.  So when it came time to get after this dirty apartment, I turned to YouTube and typed in those very words I just told you to search for.  For the last 3 hours, I’ve been streaming video after video of these people deep cleaning, even having them playing on two devices in two different rooms.  I was going to get motivated and inspired.

Now my apartment is sparkly clean, it smells fresh and I even washed the sheets and the cover for Bruce the Body Pillow.  I cleaned all my dirty makeup brushes and ladies, we all know we need to do it, but most of us put it off, but trust me – clean those makeup brushes!  It’s good for them and you.

As I was cleaning like a mad woman, I started feeling my shoulders lower, my jaw unclench, my breath slow and for the first time in a while, I feel like I let it all go. Pinktober, work, adulting, all of it.  At the end of the day I feel like I’ve just had a really good therapy session.  It was like cleaning was a moving meditation.  Do you ever feel like your whole world is in chaos and all you want to do is organize your closet?  Or your spice cabinet?  Like really alphabetize that stuff.  I have always been that way, when things are really out of control, I have at least that one tiny area of my world that is under my complete control.  Completely unrealistic, I know, but it works for me.

It’s Sunday, which means there is spicy Ramen broth in the crock pot that has been simmering away, so I’m about to quit for the day, take a hot shower and the go ham on some spicy ramen with a heap of cilantro and lime on top.  I can’t think of a better way to welcome the week to come and invite peace and gratitude into my life once again.

I hope you are inspired by these blog posts and are enjoying walking this journey with me.  It is a mental health lifeline for me to put my thoughts and feelings into words and I get such wonderful feedback from you beautiful readers about how you like reading them.

Thank you for spending some quiet time with me today.  Have a wonderful week.










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