When I was younger, I didn't care much about order. Didn't care if my bed was made, if the dishes were done, things like that.
Partially, I guess, it's a normal thing for a kid to not care about those things. Also, my parents are very clean and orderly people, and I've heard a lot of times generations switch patterns between generation - one generation will be into order, the next will find it oppressive and be messy, the one after that will find the messiness awful and tend to be much more orderly, etc, etc.
I don't know if that's true - I haven't seen any studies on it. Sounds reasonable, though.
So yeah, when I was younger, I didn't care. I wanted to read my books and play Chess at the cafe or do interesting things, and cleaning seemed like it didn't fit the bill. I figured I thrived well enough in chaos, and I'd rather have a chaotic environment and more time to myself.
I'm not exactly sure when that changed, but I've done a 180 on it.
Nowadays, when my mind is scattered and I'm having a hard time thinking, I tend to like cleaning. If your environment is a mess, it kind of pulls your thoughts in all directions as you look around. Also, cleaning is one of those things where your mind is busy on something else, but you can do great thinking in the back of your mind - similar to how you can have such creative thoughts when showering. You're kind of working sideways at whatever you're working on.
Naturally orderly people don't need this message since they're already doing it. But if you think you thrive in chaos, then try cleaning the next time you're confused or mentally scattered. Don't worry about cleaning everything, just start picking up the stuff that's most obviously in the wrong place and putting it away, throwing it away, whatever. Maybe run a cloth or paper towel over a dusty surface. If you have 4-6 items on your desk, put them in a nice pretty sort of pattern.
It's like magic, really. The orderly already know this, but if you've never tried cleaning when you're having a hard time thinking - well, I highly recommend you try it.
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