It can be difficult to make mental space for the year ahead, let alone create new goals. Enter the Japanese concept of “osoji,” a year-end cleaning ritual. By cleaning out the clutter you may be able to discover an increased sense of well-being and mental focus.
What is Osoji Cleaning?
Most American families are familiar with “spring” cleaning. In Japan, however, the most important cleaning period takes place at the very end of the calendar year. Like spring cleaning, Osoji cleaning began mainly as a practical concern. Today it is more symbolic and personalized to each person or family. It’s a time of reflection.
What Are the Benefits of New Year Cleaning?
* By keeping your home clean and carefully sanitizing any surfaces you may be able to limit your exposure to germs.
* It makes you happier. Did you know that having a “restful” and “restorative” home is linked to lower rates of depression? When you perform some deep cleaning at the end of December, then, it stands to reason that you will enjoy decreased stress levels in January.
* It’ll help you sleep. If your room is neat, beautiful, and well-organized, you will have an easier time falling and staying asleep.
* It encourages you to build new habits. After all, it takes time and practice to build new habits -- so your cleaning ritual may just inspire you to stick with resolutions in other areas.
Kickstart Your Year-End Cleaning Ritual
Given all the benefits of having a clean home, it’s easy to see how a year-end cleaning ritual could transform your upcoming year. Once your home is spotless, your mind will be free to focus on other things, whether that means getting that big promotion at work or training for a marathon.
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