Tidy House, Tidy Mind

It’s well known that aspects of interior design can have an effect on how we think because of the colour of rooms.  When I lived with my brother, he decorated his bedroom a rather… What’s the word? “Grotty” green colour.  Apparently:

Green is the feng shui color of renewal, fresh energy, and regeneration. Green color is very nourishing to your health as it balances the whole body by bringing healing feng shui vibrations from nature.

They’re not his words, but what he alluded to in his choice.  It wasn’t quite as beneficial, though, when he was bringing his girlfriend to stay one Christmas, meaning that I spent the weekend before redecorating for him!

I’m not the tidiest person in the world.  I’m not the worst either, and nor am I unclean – I’m just not good at putting things away!  I could really do with finding someone who can’t stand mess to keep the place tidy!

Seeing as I had some spare time earlier I decided it was the right point to take down the Christmas decorations.

This is quite an easy affair for me – the Christmas Lego gets put in shoeboxes and the fake tree gets dismantled and put in its own box.  Considering it was only adorned with lights and baubles, there really isn’t that much to do.

And yet, the room now looks bare.  It’s only been there for 9 days but things feel a little sterile again and I’m not sure what to make of it!  I know this happens every year but it’s so minimal that it shouldn’t make too much of a difference.

I feel a bit wrong saying it, considering that people with stuff complain about clutter at a time when a lot of people have nothing.  Yet being organised does give a sense of satisfaction.  I think it’s true what they say about tidy house, tidy mind.  It’s a principle that we now have to follow at work too, with something fancy called 5S which basically means that we’re not allowed any crap on our desks.

A bit like I believe wearing matching underwear can do –  it makes you feel in control!

Come, my little friends
As we all sing a happy little working song
Merry little voices clear and strong
Come and roll your sleeves up so that we can pitch in
Cleaning crud up in the kitchen
As we sing along

Trill a cheery tune in the tub
As we scrub a stubborn mildew stain
Pluck a hairball from the shower drain
To the gay refrain of a happy working song

We’ll keep singing without fail
Otherwise we’d spoil it
Hosing down the garbage pail
And scrubbing up the toilet, ooh

How we all enjoy letting loose
With a little la-da-da-dum-dum
While we’re emptying the vacuum up
It’s such fun to hum a happy working song
Ooh, a happy working song

Oh, how strange a place to be
‘Till Edward comes for me, my heart is sighing
Still, as long as I am here
I guess a new experience could be worth trying
Hey, keep trying

You can do a lot when you got
Such a happy working tune to hum
While you’re sponging up the soapy scum
We adore each filthy chore that we determine
So friends, even though you’re vermin
We’re a happy working song

Singing as we fetch the detergent box
For the smelly shirts and the stinky socks
Sing along, if you cannot sing then hum along
As we’re finishing our happy working song

Ah, wasn’t this fun?

Happy Working Song by Amy Adams (from Enchanted)

 

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