Reflection #7 : Clean Up Your Own Mess

“The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.” -Marie Kondo

07-anonymous-kindness-inverseI hope you agree that cleaning up after ourselves is an act of kindness for those close to us. And keeping our workplace neat and tidy is similarly kind to our co-workers. But I want to suggest that the act of cleaning up our own messes, while beneficial to others, is most beneficial to ourselves.

How so?

I think a sense of orderliness and cleanliness in our lives contributes to an overall clarity in action and thought. Clarity in action provides for us a heightened level of efficiency. This means we get more done in less time. We take up less space. And clarity in thought de-clutters the mind, opening up our awareness to new possibilities, helping us recognize opportunities a cluttered mind would have missed.

07c-anonymous-kindnessThink of it as being in an airplane that has just risen above the cloud layer. Emerging there, the sun shines through and suddenly everything seems clear.

So I encourage you to make the practice of “cleaning up your messes” part of your every day routine. Add a level of mindfulness to what you are doing and you just may discover that the clutter was keeping you from seeing a door, behind which is a wonderful opportunity for you.


  1. I today have made an overal cleaning soap from IVY… for the washing up, the laundry and your addition to your personal needs and joys!

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