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Life-changing Lessons You Can Learn From Cleaning Your House

Life-changing Lessons You Can Learn From Cleaning Your House

Cleaning is a “delicate” subject for all of us – I never met a person who likes to clean the house, except for those who suffer from OCD, but that’s another story. For a regular person, cleaning is a chore which most of us postpone as much as possible. Even if you do know that a clean house has a lot of benefits for your wellness, from making you happier, more likely to exercise to giving you an eerie sense of accomplishment, cleaning remains one of the most unpleasant tasks. But when you do dive into cleaning head first, embracing the entire process, you can learn a lot of life lessons, as strange as it may sound.

1. Learn to let go

This is the most important lesson I found when I last cleaned my house: Let go! Remember how stylists say that if you have never worn a certain clothing in the past year, just let it go? Well, the same goes for decluttering the relationships in your life. As I was giving away my old skirts and never-worn pants from my last year in college, I realized I had to let go to some people in my life too. If a relationship ceases to bring you joy, just let it go. But…

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2. Do hold on to really important things

As important as it is to let go, it’s equally important to hold on to things which bring you joy and beautify your life. If your old pair of sneakers is still making you feel like you can conquer the world, keep them. Even if you don’t actually wear them outside. The same goes for people and relationships in your life: if it fills your heart with joy, keep them! Which brings me to the next point…

3. Small things are the most important

When it’s cleaning time, you can find out what really matters to you. You will be amazed to discover some small things that mean a lot to you. When you start cleaning the desk or the drawers, you will stumble upon lots of trinkets. In my case, I found how much a small piece of paper meant, when my cleaning maid wanted to throw away something that turned out to be a treasured map. A long time ago, before the poor piece of paper became stained and limp, this small map of Dublin was the only memory I had of a dear friend I met in Dublin. She used this very same map when she first arrived in the city and she then gave it so I could move around the city without getting lost. The map always reminded me of the times I spent in Dublin with my dear friend. So, instead of throwing it away, I framed it and displayed it on my desk. The lesson of the day: Sometimes small things matter the most!

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4. Everyone hides a mess

When you finally get serious about your cleaning, you will discover plenty of places you haven’t cleaned in ages. Like underneath the couch or behind the stove. Not only do these places look gross, they are also filled with germs that damage your health. Everyone has some kind of hidden mess. And that mess is not only behind the stove, it can even something that causes communication issues between you and your partner. It can be the reason you don’t speak with your parents anymore. It can be that dirty secret which lead to your divorce. It’s normal to have hidden messes in your life, but one day you need to deal with them. The sooner, the better. Just like you take soap and a brush to scrub the dirt behind the couch, take your courage and scrub all the dirt from your life, from toxic people and relationships to communication issues and whatever else you may find. Don’t judge, just scrub!

5. Never give up!

Cleaning might be hard and unpleasant, but never give up! This is probably the most important lesson you can learn from cleaning your house. There maybe times when you feel overwhelmed. No matter how hard it is, never give up on what you have started. The most important thing in life is to keep going, no matter what. Push yourself one more step ahead and you will achieve your goal.

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Happy cleaning!

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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