My Obsession With Cleanliness
Very often I have been made fun of by friends and family on how obsessively I am always cleaning things and putting things in order around the house and elsewhere. My favorite story is once when I was in Class 1 and mum took me to a friend’s house on a sunny winter afternoon. The host was very sweet and warm, and pampered me with all sorts of sweets. Soon, mum and the host got busy chit chatting and I was on my own. While they were busy talking they noticed that I was, in one corner, dusting away the grime off an imported show piece with my handkerchief! I was obviously too small to realize that it was inappropriate to do so. The host was quite embarrassed but more embarrassed was my mum, who thought I was too weird.
Another story that is repeated to me by elders at home is when I was very small, probably 3-4 yrs of age, I would sit with dad every day while he did his pooja and I would make him get up if the asana on which he sat was skewed.
Years passed on, but my obsession with cleaning and straightening things did not change. Having stayed with roommates for over 6 years now, I have, on many occasions found myself clearing the clutter off their tables, or cleaning their bed, even folding their clothes. They have often asked why I do it. What is the need? After all, how does it affect me if their side is cluttered.
Here’s the answer.
I feel a sense of clarity in thoughts when I see the clutter being cleared around me. Don’t you think cleanliness affects your state of mind? For me, not just cleanliness but also the process of cleaning around has an equally good impact. It helps my mind focus, it gives me a different perspective on issues that are bothering me, it helps me think logically. It is almost like cleaning the clutter in the head as I clean the clutter outside. Am sure you would agree.
Have you ever found yourself cleaning your desktop? Doesn’t it give you a sense of relief when you have just the minimum number of icons there?
Cleanliness also has a direct relation with your productivity. If you keep your table and work area neat and clean, and things are in place, it most definitely helps you focus better, increases your output and saves time.
Even the first 3 S’s of the Japanese 5S methodology of increasing effectiveness and efficiency are Seiri, Seiton and Seiso – which mean sorting, straightening and cleaning, respectively.
Cleanliness essentially gives you space – physically, mentally, even emotionally. It is a great stress buster, to clean the house. It’s almost like releasing the stress off your mind.
If you are having a bad day, come back home and indulge in some massive cleaning. Trust me, it works like magic in uplifting your mood.
It really is next to Godliness.