I wonder why there is a need to tidy and have all things in order when going away for a while. Is it because we know we don’t want to come back to a mess? Why can’t we keep to a good routine; have the house tidy all the time? I know exactly what I want and need to do re housework/office work, I certainly know what I should do but often I just don’t do it. (at least I’m not running ‘I must be perfect!). However I’m feeling much less burdened at the moment because the house and my filing is in order. And that feels good!
So where does this ideal of keeping a tidy house come from? Is it an old fashioned hand me down habit?
Does the younger generation feel committed to e.g. tidying one’s desk or home before going away on holiday?
Is this behaviour engrained in our pysche or do we need to work at it?
I have followed in my mother';s footsteps and I try, try I say to keep things tidy. I am unfortunately I fear a naturally untidy person. The contradiction is I hate clutter; it upsets me but I have to work at keeping things tidy. When we left for our long holiday I left the house tidy and the lovely Trusted Housesitters had it looking great for our return. Perfect mutual respect.
I think I may be doing Airbnb because it makes me keep the house clean. Who knows? I seem to need forced into doing it that’s for sure.
Anyway a cluttered house is just the same as a cluttered headspace and my message is:
A cluttered headspace with overwhelm and a generosity or stupidity to just add something else to ‘the to do list’ just makes no sense. A cluttered mind does not help our emotional or physical health. A feeling of calmness and some control is pleasurable -a cluttered and messy headspace just layers frustration.