Every year about this time, as Christmas decorations come down and all the ornaments are nestled into their year-long storage, I start my annual ritual of not-quite-spring spring cleaning. Instead of focusing on a New Year’s resolutions I won’t keep, I have learned to set my house straight for the upcoming year.
- It increases my efficiency. By getting rid of all those stacks of old correspondence (including my e-mail in box), books I no longer need, and the junk filling my drawers and closets, I have found it makes it easier for me to find things later
- It helps me find forgotten items. How many times have you set something down and forgotten it, only to find it months later hidden in some drawer or basket? Even if you don’t consider yourself particularly messy or unorganized, it’s easy for any number of things to slip through the cracks while trying to write, maintain family order, and do your dreaded day job.
- It removes visual distractions. For me, a clean desk, office, and home ensure that I’m not distracted by a bunch of clutter. It helps me focus on the task at hand. My writing!
- Easy on the eyes is easy on the mind. A large part of interior design is focused on giving spaces a specific atmosphere. The atmosphere influences people kind of like a mirror. A peaceful space creates a peaceful atmosphere where people feel at ease. A colorful and dynamic space creates a vivid atmosphere and sparks creativity in people. A clean and tidy space creates an atmosphere without distractions and stress and supports people being focused. Believe me--it works!
- It increases usable closet, drawer and desk space. Clearing out the junk helps me maintain order and gives me the ability to complete any future task with the most convenience. No piles of paper are consuming space and no piles things-I-don't-need tumbling from my closets.
- I gain a sense of accomplishment. Don't forget that cleaning up simply feels good and you can see tangible results afterward.
Almost two years ago Jennie and her husband of thirty-seven years packed up their home in Ohio and moved twenty-four-hundred miles west to Carson City, Nevada. There she manages a team of software engineers for a large corporation. When she isn't learning the fine art of growing anything in the desert sand, or mesmerized by the view of the Sierra Nevada Mountains from her front porch, she works on her latest manuscript.