It’s Whit Weekend and I got an additional day off work. Being so busy for the last few days / weeks I have been neglecting housework for a bit but today I was in full mood and swing to do some more organizing plus dusting and cleaning. And the thing was – doing so actually sparked joy…!!!
…because my apartment sparks joy, that’s the thing! I love it, it’s so bright even though it has been cloudy and rainy all day long. The tiles on the floor are bright as well and just everything about this place sparks joy, because it’s me. Fully me. And the dirt I clean up is mine – not anyone else’s…
Cleaning my home also sparks joy because I know it won’t get dirty right after I cleaned it up. I’m not a person who cuts the bread and leaves the crumbs all over the place and on the floor… I’m not a person who is cooking meals and leaving the kitchen behind like a battle field with oil stains all over the wall… I’m not a person who carelessly eats on the sofa and leaves all sort of stuff on it, or even worse – walks around with food leaving a trail of crumbs behind me… I’m not a person who leaves half full cups of drinks distributed all over the flat, to be found and collected. I’m not a person who doesn’t rinse the bathroom sink after brushing the teeth… and more… And if I feel like konmari-ing my (kitchen) towels I know they will stay nice and beautiful even after I take some out again!
Do you get my point here 😉 ? I really enjoy living on my own and looking after my own mess only!
So I just vacuumed the floors which are empty of clutter in the hallway and kitchen, nearly empty in bedroom and bathroom and getting there in the living room. I cleaned out and dusted my vacuum cleaner (…maybe I won’t tell you anything about this episode besides the side note of a suggestion to do it every once in a while…^^) and replaced the filter and bag. In a funny way it felt very good and energizing as the old dust from my old life is gone now and the new dust in there will only be mine. I mopped most of the floors with rinsing water which is quite a piece of work but my flat now sparks even more joy since it’s nice and clean. I tend to mop much more here in this place – I’ve mopped a few times since I moved in here a few weeks ago. But I really don’t mind for the reasons above, and it was also due to the fact that I had all sorts of people over to do house work and bring furniture and fix things and I don’t like people walking around my flat in shoes… But this is just something that I noticed – I didn’t mop very often in my old flat, and suddenly I came to the realization that I might have called my old home “home”, but it didn’t really spark that much joy after all…^^
And the cool thing about cleaning up is that I have this hidden jewel here next to my front door where I can store all of my cleaning supplies and put them away straight after using them. Many people asked me about the vacuum cleaner which you see for most of the pictures on my messy room’s photo project – the problem being that we had no place to store it properly but somewhere above the kitchen counters which was really difficult for me to get to. I hated asking for help to get it down, so most of the time I just kept it in my room to be able to get rid of the dust clouds whenever I felt I needed to. But now ( – dramatic pause – ) now with my amazing cupboard I found a lovely new home for my vacuum cleaner which sparks joy and makes it utterly handy and easy to store it away and get access to it 😀