The stress-relieving power of a sparkling clean kitchen sink
Entering your home at the end of a day or returning home after a long adventure should feel like a nice warm hug.
Like a lot of homes ours is never completely out of control or in a state of total chaos. But like most homes all over the world it goes through the predictable stage of needing to be cleaned and tidied. It moves from states of order to disorder, back and forth, like lungs breathing in and out. More often than not it feels like a comforting hug when I walk in the door.
What if your home is not a source of comfort and support? What if it is a source of stress and overwhelm?
Where do you begin if you want your home to be more of a haven and less of a hassle?
I guess the place to begin is with a plan, an approach.
There are numerous voices with advice on how to get your home into some sort of state of grace.
Two of the schools of thought I find most interesting are quite opposite: do it all at once OR do it in baby steps.
Marie Kondo, who wrote this book, says the best way to get your house in order and to transform it into a space you love (and change yourself in the process) is to commit a huge chunk of time and do it all at once., and never have to do it again. She's quite convincing when she argues this is the most transformative approach to creating a space of comfort and support, and the only way to experience the life-changing magic the book's title suggests.
Marla Cilley, also known as the Fly Lady, says to start in the kitchen and start by shining your sink until it sparkles. She believes the kitchen is the heart and soul of the home, and that keeping it in perfect order will resonate all over the rest of the house. By shining your sink every night before you go to bed, she promises, you will have one focus of order and beauty to greet you in the morning even if the rest of the house is a huge mess. Cilley says it inspires and gives you a sense of accomplishment. Plus it's contagious; neatness and a shiny sink breed more neatness and more shiny surfaces over time.
I'm more excited by Marie Kondo's advice but I also agree with the Fly Lady. There IS something to be said for the stress-relieving power of a sparkling clean sink.