Today is National Clean Your Room Day and I think we should all get in on this one. It is amazing how a messy and cluttered room or home can actually make your mind and body feel the same way. Let's take the day and clean out some garbage and lift our spirits and attitude as well.

My wife is one who will hang on to a broken mop for 7 years because someday we may need it again, or how about that drawer of Tupperware lids that fit nothing anymore but you just aren’t allowed to throw out. Perhaps you have 8 junk drawers and one for silverware, I know your pain my friend. I recently read an article about whether your home can make you fat. I must live in a squalor because I know my home has chunked a pound or 2 on my carcass. The article talked about how coming home to a messy home makes you feel defeated and non-energetic and I can tell you that is very true. When you clean your home it feels so much fresher and inviting and you tend to feel the same. I know after I have finally cleaned out the closets and drawers and attacked that pile of clothes and blankets that have been taking up space forever, I feel like a kid with new tennis shoes who thinks he can jump higher than ever before. I know you can look at your piles of stuff and think, “where do I start?”, just think of it like eating an elephant, one bite at a time, take a bite each day and before you know it you have consumed the pachyderm.

One of the greatest gifts I ever received had to do with cleaning. My wife and I went to San Francisco for vacation and while we was gone my wonderful son Nick, cleaned and organized our garage. What an amazing gift! I had a clean garage once but then kids moved back in and brought their stuff with them and then moved out but left stuff behind, then moved in again with more stuff, I basically had room to squeeze my motorcycle in after buttering each side of the gas tank so it just slipped in between mattresses and dressers. I came home to find nothing but an organized, neatly arranged garage with nothing but my Harley and a dog bed on the floor. It has been about 6 years but I still think back and smile at the thought of that sight.