I love cleanliness. Sorry for those who don’t…I’ll explain why.
I can’t stand the sight of banana peel sitting on someone’s office desk for multiple days or that wrapper in their car enjoying multiple rides over weeks. I feel cleanliness should be of paramount importance. And, it should start from within oneself. Think for yourself, would you be attracted towards somebody if you knew that person hasn’t bathed for a week…even if it is winters?
Maybe some specific examples will help:
I used to commute with a guy few years back in his car and he wouldn’t even bother to trash the wrappers from chocolate, toffees etc that his kid had eaten few days back. I used to literally take them off when I had to sit…sometimes even keeping them alongside me (because there were too many). I had to quietly feel bad for myself for sitting at the corner, because the entire seat used to be full of trash, at times. I soon got my own car!
A colleague of mine used to have Bananas almost every day but hardly found time to throw off the peels. They would get stale in days and even then they would sit right there against the keyboard and monitor. One lucky day, he would get rid of the trash, but by then there would already be marks on the desk. One can still see those spots there.
I know of a guy from college who was so busy with ladies, that he hardly had time to bathe (in summers too). He would just apply deodorant mostly and set out to please those women, who were mad for him. He was a handsome chap and had many women after him because he was rich too. He used those women (in the literal sense also) with finesse to further his business interests. Yes, he was earning while studying by being a part of two businesses that thrive on networking…that’s where he used those women, who were from different cities.
If you think about each of these cases, you will not feel good about them. Often times, we are not even mindful that we are a part of such group and sometimes we are too lazy to do the needful. However, it is not hard to clean-up the mess we leave behind – whether in office, car or even at a public place! Why throw trash on beaches, roads, stations etc when we know the same places would be used by our kids and our future generations?
I take pride in being clean (might not be ultra-clean). If you look at my house, office desk or car, you would hardly find a reason to complain. Sometimes I buy solutions to keep them clean, and I don’t hesitate a bit to spend (well, 5-7 bucks is hardly anything anyway). I clean my cell phone and laptop with a solution every week too. I am sure some of you do too!
In the last one year, I have had to shift seats in office a couple of times. Every time, I cleaned-up everything in my new cubicle with water and then with hand-sanitizer…including phone, monitor, keyboard, chair, drawers, and desk (of course). I have received compliments at times, for being clutter-free.
I believe, if you are clean, it will attract more people towards you and you will feel good for yourself too.