Why is having a clean living space conducive or even a prerequisite to getting crap done? It's not a very rational procedure, which means I must enter the seedy world of psychobabble for a possible explanation.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness as the old saying goes and cleanliness is an important feature of many religious rituals where it becomes a form of self-purification, a symbol of letting the past go and starting afresh, of preparation for repentance and worship.
As author Robert Smith in Breakfast with Socrates notes :
And very few of us leave home in the morning without some act, however mechanical, of self-purification.... The point of getting clean in the morning is to create a blank canvass in which something better than yesterday can be painted and more life can be lived.
Our need to shower and clean is a form of preparation; of wiping the slate clean, to start afresh. When the fast food grease is scrubbed from my face and the sweaty slept-in clothes banished to the basket and after my freshly purified body is adorned with clean underpants and cheep aftershave, I feel prepared to begin. The sloth has finished and it's time to go outside and return to the land of the living.