Cleaning Therapy

Can cleaning be a form of therapy? Crazy question right? I know that when you have so much to do, and you come home after a busy day at the office, the last thing you want to do is clean. It feels like it’s just something to add to the list of things needing to be accomplished.

Let’s be honest…cleaning house, doing laundry and putting everything away can be a daunting task to some of us, but if we put forth some effort and time, the end result can be exhilarating! If we change our mindset just a little, cleaning could actually do us some good. Organic Authority has a few ideas on how cleaning can be therapeutic:

  1. Practice Sink Meditation.
  2. It’s a mundane job, but using the time while doing the dishes could actually help you meditate. Focus on what you are doing with the warm soapy water. Scrubbing those hard to remove foods could help you with frustration. Clear your mind of everything but just the task at hand.
  3. Feel in control… of a drawer. “Life is chock full of factors we cannot control at all, and even important things like your health, family and home can be affected by forces outside your influence. Do you know what you can control? Your underwear drawer, the shelves of your linen closet and the state of your desktop. When life seems to be spinning out of control and you feel powerless to do anything about it, choose a drawer, closet, cabinet or piece of furniture to clean out completely. Choosing a small task makes it an achievable goal, and once you’ve finished organizing the space, you will relish the feelings of power and control over your environment.”
  4. Scrub away your stress. Back to working out the frustration. Whether is scrubbing the floor or bathroom sink, scrubbing away the mess could be a good be used as a good metaphor for what we are feeling at the time. We work hard, putting in the effort to make things better, and see the clean end result. Just like you are watching the dirt disappear, let those negative or hurtful emotions go down the drain with them.

Seeing the end result of all your hard work for the day can be therapy all on its own. Feeling accomplished for being able to relax in a clean home can help.

Taking time to clean the house can sometimes put other things off that need to be done, but cleanliness is essential to your mental and physical health. What better way than to use it as a time for YOU!

Get your in-home therapy on, ladies!

Susan Ingram, OWL Blogger

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Sweet Sandy Wiggins, a resident of Oneonta, grew up with a love of organizing and rearranging spaces in her own home. Her friends and family lovingly refer to her as the “girl scout” of the group because of her knack for keeping things organized and beautified. Her passion for decluttered space and eye catching order landed her a spot on the OWL team. She is married to her best friend, Dwight, of 27 years and has three wonderful grandchildren to dote on. Sandy loves meeting new people, creating happy spaces for our clients and caring for those closest to her. We are blessed to have her on the team!

Stacie is a coveted member of our OWL team. She has an eye for organization and design that will make you wonder why she didn’t pursue this passion full time! A project manager by day, her life revolves around order and keeping everyone on track. As a weekend warrior, she assists in Saturday projects and makes our clients wish they could hire her for weeks at a time! She lives in Trussville with her husband, daughter and two dogs and enjoys spending time with friends and family, yard sale hopping and Alabama football (Roll Tide!).

Margaret Hale, the beautiful southern belle from Birmingham, is our newest addition to OWL.

She is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in Restaurant and Hospitality Management and a professional chef. Margaret has worked for Southern living, owns a catering company and co-owned a restaurant in Huntsville, AL. Since cooking wasn’t her only passion, she decided to join our team and expand on her love of organizing and home décor. Her eye for flare and spirit of excellence makes her the perfect addition to our team.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being in ministry, and creating the best new recipes around.

For many years Susan has been the go-to organizer and stager for her friends and family. Having a long-time passion and naturally inclined skill set for making spaces purposeful, she decided to pursue a career in the industry. She has an endearing and meaningful memory of decorating her bedroom as a child. This included transforming bar stools into multi-story Barbie Doll townhouses. In her past lives, Susan was a Restaurateur, Executive Sales Manager, and a Cosmeceutical Sales Rep. When asked about her biggest accomplishment, she’ll gush about her gratitude for the blessing of having raised a good and decent human being. Her son is currently a grad student at the University of Florida’s MBA program.

Susan resides in Birmingham with her husband of twenty-six years and their pack of fur babies. This includes four cats and a “little” 110 lb. dog. Her lifelong platform is animal rescue and advocation.

“No matter how educated, talented, rich, or cool you believe you are, how you treat others ultimately tells all. Integrity is everything.”

Meet Miranda! The one that keeps our wheels turning and always answers the phone with a smile on her face.

She loves fishing, family, and all things nerd – which is 1000% why we love her so much!

Miranda lives in Odenville with her husband, precious baby boy, and a sassy cat.