Saucha (cleanliness) is one of the foundational philosophies in the yoga practice. Like they say, cleanliness is close to Godliness. ;) In reality, keeping a spotless, sparkling space is challenging. My Grandma McCarthy gave me the best advice ever: "Just do a little bit every day!" This advice applies to maintaining your eyebrows, expanding your knowledge base, AND keeping a clean home! Here are a few tips on how to keep it clean:
1. Find Inspiration: Thinking positively about the end result of cleaning may not be enough of a motivator. I like to change my perspective on the task. Instead of dreading it or thinking it is an annoyance, I take pleasure in the act. If you are washing dishes, enjoy the warm water and soap scents! If you are folding laundry, imagine the creative ways you could wear different items of clothing! If you are watering the plants, send them love and bask in your ability to nurture something to grow! The possibilities are endless...your perspective on each task is what makes it enjoyable.
2. Organize a List: Take the time to set up a great foundation. We assigned each room in our space to a certain day of the week. We assigned the larger rooms to days that we have more time to devote to cleaning. We assigned the smaller rooms or tasks to busy days! Then we worked on creating a list of each thing we do in each room to maintain the level of cleanliness that we prefer! In each room in our house, we listed the tasks to be completed in a pretty Pages doc. We print out our cleaning list every week and check off each item as we go! This helps to stay organized and on a schedule so that it is getting done!
3. Multitask: I love to throw the laundry in, turn on a podcast, then begin cleaning the kitchen. By the time the kitchen is clean, it is time for me to switch the laundry and begin cleaning another room! Once the second room is clean, the laundry is ready to be folded! I love to have the laundry and dish washer working at the same time I am! All the while, I make cleaning an opportunity to learn and grow as a human! I love these podcasts: Bridging Realities, The Birth Hour, Real Simple Podcasts, Sex Nerd Sandra, and Yoga Girl!
4. Soak it IN: Once you have a clean space...allow yourself time for personal reflection. Sit on your couch, look around, and bask in all of the glory. Maybe this sounds silly, but it is important to recognize your efforts and accomplishments. If you don't, then you continue climbing an imaginary mountain with no relief in sight! We must balance by working hard, then enjoying our work!