What A Clean Space Can Do For You

What A Clean Space Can Do For You

Motivation for myself to keep on cleaning.

Cleaning isn't a favorite pastime for many people I know, so when it comes to housekeeping it isn't high on the "I do this for fun" list. While this task can be overwhelming and be difficult to start, the end results make it worth the slow (or if you're lucky, speedy) process of creating a space that helps you, rather than hinders you. A clean space not only looks good, but it makes you feel good.

A clean space:

1. Makes you feel accomplished.

Finishing any task (especially one as large as cleaning a home) can feel impossible, but little by little it can be accomplished. The feeling you have afterward makes you want to keep it that way.

2. Helps you declutter.

People tend to have a lot of stuff, and quite a bit isn't useful or it tends to be shoved to the back of the drawer for the one time every two years you deem it necessary (or actually remember you have it). Not only can getting rid of things declutter the space in general, but it can also help you declutter your life. Some say that your room is a physical representation of what goes on inside your head and if your space is put together...

3. Puts things in perspective.

A clean space shows a person that they are able to complete what they set their mind to. It gives a person the opportunity to start their day in a fresh, clean place, it can help them see the day in a new light.

4. Allows you to do things.

When you don't have to spend endless hours cleaning and digging through things to find what you`re looking for, it gives you time to get out and enjoy the world.

5. Feels less busy.

Clutter makes people anxious and when you add school and work to the mess at home it can be a bit overwhelming. Help yourself out and take care of your space which will help make everything else more bearable.

6. Helps you be able to find things.

This is a no brainer, but when there aren't piles everywhere, finding your book, pen, paper, and so on becomes much easier.

7. Helps you be okay with bringing people over.

When you have visitors, you want to feel proud of the space you're in, not be stuck apologizing for the disarray before them as they step through the door.

7. Encourages you to stay organized.

Keeping things neat allows you to find the receipts, important documents, and other key pieces to your life without causing you to worry about their location when you need them.

8. Leads you to feel motivated.

When you have this accomplishment sitting in front of you, it makes you want to go out and do more. There's laundry that needs to be done? Well let's get to it! Your friend wants to go to the gym? There's nothing holding you back!

9. Allows you to breathe.

Looking around a messy room can give a person unnecessary anxiety. There is a lot to do and not enough time. Seeing a mess like this increases a person's stress level, even if it is unintentional. With a clean space you feel more at home and safe in your environment, and you have space to do activities that help overcome other issues in life.

10. Helps you to be calm and happy.

I don't know about other people but when I come home to a messy room, any sense of calmness begins to disintegrate. I want to feel comfortable coming home and be able to lay in bed knowing that I don't have any pressing matters to deal with and just destress for a few minutes after a long day.

Having a clean space allows a person to have more peace of mind. Achieving a clean space can seem impossible but with a little work every day, it becomes more and more possible. Take some time, fifteen minutes a night, and focus on one area, straightening, dusting, sorting, whatever it is and stick with it until the timer goes off. Then do it again, and again. One night you'll come home and the mess will be gone, leaving you with a clean space for you to simply sit and breathe.

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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