Most people know that I usually don’t have a clean room. In fact, I rarely have a clean room. In times like these I tell my mom not to go down to the basement, or if she does, to avoid looking in my room. Unfortunately, almost every night she comes down, looks in my room, and then gives me “the look.” I know she is unhappy and disappointed in me, and I tell her I’ll have it clean…someday.
The problem is that I have to feel like cleaning, which only happens on rare occasions or really late at night when I need to go to bed. I sometimes start, but then I get distracted by something or I get bored and take a break, which can last two weeks or more.
Recently I even reached the point where I looked up on google.com “how to clean up a bedroom”. I know you’re probably thinking, “Wow that’s pretty pathetic.” Don’t worry, I agree. Disappointingly, the answers I found on Google wouldn’t help me.
One idea someone had was to make cleaning your room a game, like a cleaning show. I would have a commercial break for when I wanted break time. I figured if I tried this, my TV show would last from a whole day or up to a couple of weeks. I would also get bored of my own TV show because if I went back to watch it, the show would be filled with just commercials. Another game idea was to pick up five items before you can leave your room at any time. I have tried this, but I failed. I tell myself, “Oh, I’ll do it next time.” But the “next time” never happens.
Another piece of advice was to open all of your curtains or blinds to let in natural light. Also consider opening the windows for fresh air. Right away I found a problem. Problem one: my bedroom is in the basement, so there’s not a lot of natural light through my window. Also, it starts to get dark here around 4 p.m. Problem two: right now it’s 40 below outside, so opening a window for fresh air would raise my parents’ heating bill drastically.
A different idea was to make your bed in the morning. Apparently an unmade bed will make your room look messy no matter how clean it actually is. My problem with that is I usually feel very rushed in the morning.
One more idea someone had is that you could clean a bedroom in 15 minutes. I laughed at this and made the remark, “If only they could see my room.” I’m pretty sure cleaning my room in 15 minutes would be nearly impossible.
The funny thing is I like to clean; just not my room. There’s something about it that I just don’t like to do. My grandma even cross-stitched a wall hanging for me that said “It’s my mess and I love it.”
I know that I have to buckle down and clean my room sometime, because after awhile I get tired of it. Also if I do get my room cleaned, I’ll have a pleased mom. If your mom doesn’t seem so happy, just go take a look in your bedroom. So for those people who find they have constant messy rooms here’s my advice: clean room equals happy mom.