“Aw Mom, do I have to? It’s my room anyways!”
Does that conversation sound familiar? Why is having a clean room such a big deal anyways? There are many reasons— did you know that scientific studies show you can get more accomplished if your room is clean? (We aren’t making this up).
Even more important than productivity, the New Era pointed out is that “A clean room is more likely to invite the influence of the Spirit.” That’s a powerful reason.
President Spencer W. Kimball put it plainly when he said, “We ask you to clean up your homes” (President Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, Nov. 1974, 4). President Gordon B. Hinckley taught that a clean home brightens our spirits. He reported that after his family would work to have the house be clean that “The result was wonderful. The house was clean, our spirits renewed. The whole world looked better” (“Be Ye Clean,” Ensign, May 1996, 47). When your bedroom is clean, you really will feel better.
We often hear comparisons between our homes and the temple. There can be no doubt that part of the reason the temple is a place of revelation is because it is a place of cleanliness. And because “only the home can compare to the temple in sacredness” we work to make our living environment similar to that of the temple (Bible Dictionary, “Temple”).
Tied to cleanliness is being organized. Have you had the frustrating experience of being late for school, but you can’t find matching socks? On the other hand, an organized living space can greatly help us. One can see the importance of organization in the creation of the earth. Notice this scriptural pattern:
“The Gods, organized and formed the heavens and the earth” (Abraham 4:1).
“And the Gods organized the earth to bring forth grass from its own seed” (Abraham 4:12).
“And the Gods organized the lights in the expanse of the heaven” (Abraham 4:12).
“And the Gods organized the two great lights” (Abraham 4:16).
“And the Gods organized the earth to bring forth the beasts after their kind” (Abraham 4:25).
“The Gods went down to organize man in their own image” (Abraham 4:27).
“All these things shall be thus organized” (Abraham 4:30).
“And the Gods said: We will do everything that we have said, and organize them” (Abraham 4:31).
Taking the time to get things organized can be a Godly activity. God himself has declared, “Mine house is a house of order…and not a house of confusion” (Doctrine and Covenants 132:8). Taking the time to clean and organize our rooms will make it so our house is more like his.