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Cleaning the Clutter

They say a clutter free home equals a clutter free mind. I am not sure who "they" are but "they" must be important, as people often refer to them in everyday conversation.

I am not 100% sure if cleaning the clutter from the home helps the mental status of all people. I know, that it does help me. Cleaning usually is a stress reliever for me. Sometimes, no matter how much I clean, I still struggle with the mental cleanse that is needed every so often.

There are so many ways that people do this. Yoga, exercise, yelling, meditation journaling and blogging.

Apparently, I need to cry. This doesn't happen often and if I am truthful, it does happen more often now that I am getting older. (That’s for another other blog)

The other day I had a mental breakdown in my car. I have been wound up like a corkscrew for days. Going to the gym every day had not helped. Being snippy with my husband has not helped. Cleaning has not helped.

I didn't intend for the breakdown to happen. It just came on its own. Without warning and more importantly, without judgement.

I sat in my driveway in my car and cried and cried and cried some more. I felt great afterwards. I am sure that yoga or meditation is more conducive to an effective mental cleanse but I will take what I can get.

The kids were also all under a lot of pressure, I was feeling helpless that I couldn't fix all of their problems. (I still can't)

I allowed the girls to miss school for a mental health day. If I deserved to sob in my car, they too deserved a mental break from everyday life as well.

All three of my girls, along with my grandbaby, headed to the mall for some retail therapy and to do what only sisters know how to do. Be there for each other without even trying or realizing that they are doing it.

All of this retail therapy and crying in the car, had obviously helped the stress that was building up in our home. That night as we sat at the table for dinner the house was filled with silly stories, jokes and laughter. Tears streaming down our faces kind of laughter.

Obviously, this is a website for a cleaning company and therefore this should pertain to housekeeping somehow. Or is it all connected somehow as "they" say? I found a quote that I think speaks volumes and is consistent with my crying fit.

“Clutter is not just physical stuff. It's old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits. Clutter is anything that does not support your better self.” - Eleanor Brownn

I hope that one day I will be able to meditate and enjoy the relaxation and health benefits of yoga. For now, I will cry when I need to, sing really loud in the car and work on cleaning out the closets in my home one at a time.

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