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You Don't Have To Clean Your House

by Nat 11 months ago in house

Being productive all the time isn't necessarily a good thing

You Don't Have To Clean Your House
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I woke up earlier than most people on this Sunday morning. Around 12 pm, I headed to TJ Maxx to return a mattress pad. I bought a new blanket from Target. I got some food for me, my sister, and my aunt. I came back home and cleaned my truck for at least an hour. My energy was drained and I had plenty of time to relax.

I still felt the need to clean the house.

When I feel as if I have nothing else to do, I look around my house to see what is out of place. A blanket that needs to be put away? I fold it tightly and place it in its basket. Dirty laundry in the hamper? I throw it in the washer and fold what has already been dried. A dish sitting in the sink? I'll scrub it until it shines and place it in the cabinet.

Because there were some things that were out of place today, I cleaned the house, but not as well as I could have. I did what I call surface-level cleaning: wiped down the counters, swept the floors, vacuumed the rugs, and did a load of laundry. That is not even close to what I do on most weekends.

I felt like I barely did anything, like what I did was not enough to be considered productive today.

If that isn't considered productive, what is?

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America is fueled by work. If you aren't moving, not doing something society considers productive, then you're doing something wrong. This mindset is something we need to change.

Relaxation is a good thing for everyone. It allows us to explore our hobbies and enjoy time to ourselves or with people we care about. People think that because something does not seem productive, it shouldn't be done. A good example of this is video games. But watching TV isn't considered unproductive or lazy, so why would playing video games be? This can be applied to many things people consider a waste of time.

I do understand the need to be doing something, though. I love cleaning the house usually, but sometimes you get sick of it. Just because everything isn't sparkling doesn't mean you're a failure. You just need a break.

So, if you want a break while still feeling like you've done something worth your time, here are a few personal suggestions.

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Write something.

I don't care if it's an entry in your diary, a post on here, or a letter to a friend. Writing anything is better than nothing. It allows you to express your thoughts and use your imagination, and you can see your work being completed as you do it. The words on the page or screen prove that you were doing something with your time.

Watch an Educational Documentary or TV Show

Although I don't think watching TV is a lazy activity, watching educational television can teach you something while still relaxing on the couch or bed. I recommend watching Blackfish, The Social Dilemma, or Explained (all on Netflix).

Read a Book

Of course, some people do not consider reading as a break, but for some, reading can be an escape from the real world. You can go to a public library, a bookstore, or find some e-books/audiobooks online. After you find your perfect book, sit on the couch or your bed and immerse yourself in another world for a while.

Listen to a Podcast

Podcasts can be pretty cool and diverse if you look hard enough. I don't listen to podcasts personally, but I know a lot of people that do. Plus, some can be educational and teach you a lot of cool things that you may have never known. There are some chill, laid-back podcasts too if you just want to hear about other people's lives and the drama amongst them. A short list of some popular ones include The Argument, Believed, and The Clearing.

Learn Some Basics of Another Language

Learning another language can benefit you in so many ways, even if you just know some basic vocab and grammar. I know many people use Duolingo, but there are many other websites out there that can teach you another language. For Spanish, we use quite often. You just have to do your research.

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Now that you have all these new ideas and suggestions to take up your free time, you don't have to clean your house. Or do your laundry. Or take another shift at your job. You don't even have to do anything at all. Take a nap if you feel like it.

Just enjoy your free time to yourself and don't feel guilty about it. You deserve it.



Just a teen with a dream of travelling and writing for the rest of my life (but if I'm being realistic, maybe just a few trips a year as a journalism teacher :))

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