Clean Space; Happy Life
Posted on November 2nd, 2016
Our physical space affects our mental state whether we’re conscious of it or not. I’m not always the tidiest but I can definitely sense the difference in my psyche when my room is organised versus when it’s a mess. I have more difficulty meditating when I’m in the midst of clutter and that’s no bueno since we need to be in our best mental headspace in order to bring out our inner warrior!
In Ayurveda, there are three gunas known as sattva, rajas and tamas. Sattva is the element related to pure consciousness, harmony and happiness. Rajas on the hand relates to activity (both good and bad), disturbances, change and passion. In a fast paced era, it is easy to have rajas mental guna because we’re always on the go with less time to release that stress! While the goal is to increase sattvic vibrations, tamas is by far the guna that we should strive to eliminate as it represents darkness, inactivity, destructiveness and chaos.
As we spend so much time in our living space, it makes sense that we should try and make it sattvic by keeping it tidy and clean. I’ll be the first to admit that, at times, I let my room get messy. I come home from work and then think of other things I’d rather do and before I know it, clutter accumulates. This past month, however, I’ve really made it a priority to keep my room clean.
If you’re like me and have a hard time keeping things tip top tidy, here are some tips I’ve been incorporating into my routine:
1. Pick a day for a big clean:
Dedicate a day to giving your living spaces (bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, etc) the cleaning of the century. Invest in products so that you have them handy and don’t have an excuse not to clean . Put on some tunes and look at cleaning as a type of meditation to increase more harmony in your life, like you’re literally scrubbing away the bad energy! I like to use latex gloves so that I’m not touching the chemicals, plus it makes cleaning the toilet less gross!
2. Regular maintenance:
The key to keeping your living space neat and tidy is regular maintenance. Sure it’s annoying to spend those five minutes picking up any clothes or wiping down any stains, but it really does make a difference. It also makes it less overwhelming to clean your space when there’s only a little bit to be done.
3. Make a weekly schedule:
Choose one day of the week to do any weekly tasks like dusting, washing down the shower, cleaning the toilet. It doesn’t have to be a big clean but it’s a good housekeeping habit to help keep gross stuff to a minimum.
4. Organize your room:
Organization has never been my strong suit but I do always try to keep things in order. If your items aren’t already organized, pick a day to make sure everything has a home. Then when you’re done using that product, bag etc, you can put it right back into it’s home, keeping your room nice and tidy!
5. Simplify your life:
It’s a good habit to get rid of or donate old clothes and items that you no longer need. One of the Yamas in Yoga is aparigraha (non-attachment to people, places, thoughts etc). If you have kapha tendencies (kapha types have a hard time letting go of things), view simplifying your stuff as an aparigraha exercise. The more you let go, the more you release greed and possessiveness from your heart. Plus it will make you feel happier helping others in need!