Sunday, October 9, 2011

Cleanliness is next to impossible?

Posted by Pratiba Bhat at Sunday, October 09, 2011


It has really been a long time since any change in this blog. Frankly, I’m a little queasy about writing, because of a long gap. But, there’s a reason why I chose to write something today. It’s an important message that I need to convey.

There is no doubt about the fact that most of us are occupied with a hell lot of things to do. Most of us either work for 6 days a week or 5 days. Meetings of the office, wasting time in traffic, work pressure, overtime, kids, family etc, all these factors eat away most of our time during the weekdays. Thus, we don’t have time for most of the things like spending time on ourselves. Most of all we don’t have time to just maintain an organized place to live.

In the worst case one may find himself amidst scattered newspapers all over the house, unwashed vessels, unwashed clothes, food dropped in the kitchen, overflowing dustbins, messed up wardrobes, books littered everywhere, dusty windows and fans, old rotten vegetables and fruits stacked up in the refrigerator, all the chairs in the house will be either preoccupied with clothes to be washed or something else. And bathrooms… well I don’t want to further describe this. All this and probably even more can be added if you can imagine. I am not sure if this is a normal thing to happen. But in most of our lives this is the truth. Most of us live in a mess. And most of us do not actually know what are the things present in the house.

What next? If someone thinks that he’s happy with the mess around, good for him. But if you really want to get all the mess out, then do it. Take out some time and just do away with all unwanted useless stuff, which has been stacked up for months or years together and retain only the things you really want. My request is please don’t get emotional when it comes to throwing away unwanted stuff.

One interesting trait that I have seen among people i.e. they do not want to get rid of old stuff that they do not use. They just want to keep it with them, even if it is worth nothing. It is something that has to do with their emotions. They just won’t let it go. Examples: an old suitcase that has been rusted and makes a creaking noise, waste clothes, old bulbs and appliances that have been damaged etc. If you have this special trait in you, please give it up. Yeah, that suitcase or those old clothes might be really close to your heart and storing them will provide comfort not only to you, but also, to some domestic pests.

Being a lover of cooking, the most sacred place in a house for me is the kitchen. Unluckily right now I don’t have access to any kitchen. But a messy kitchen in someone’s house is my turnoff. Kitchen cabinets, sinks, shelves, and slabs; all these can be a hub for pests if not maintained well.

This, I do not want to tell, but then it’s a horrible feeling to see girls/ladies messing around their kitchens or rooms. I mean, not being neat and hygienic at your kitchen is the worst thing. The site of dirty vessels stacked up in the sink is a pain to the eye. I’ve heard stories from my friends who stay at rented flats. Someone is not ready to wash the vessels because it feels dirty. Someone doesn’t want to mop the floor for the same reason. Hence, to them, it implies that keeping the house as it is, dusty and dirty feels clean. ;)

Till I came to Bangalore and started living here with girls of my age I didn’t bother about these issues. But after I did, I realized most of us do not give a damn to hygiene and cleanliness. I’m in a way lucky that I didn’t have much of bitter experiences as my other friends did. In short I just want to convey to all, please, try to incorporate some amount of neatness at your living place. It is your place after all. Even a tiny creature like an ant can so beautifully make a comfortable stay in its anthill for itself, then why not you? There should not be excuses on your mind that you have a small space or you stay in a paying guest room. It is still possible to make it look great.

It is not only about cleaning your house today. It is also about maintaining the same neatness and hygiene every single day without compromising on it. If you start getting involved into neatness and cleanliness, at one stage maintaining cleanliness becomes a habit and sometimes you might get obsessed with it too. Just don’t allow this obsession to be an irritation for someone else living with you. Give them some space and time and just let them know indirectly how you would want the place to be. They also will learn from you.

I have my message conveyed and it feels good. Even if one person changes his/her lifestyle, it’ll be even better.

Credits to Flickr for the photo I've used here.

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