As a member of the dojo community we often want to make a contribution in some way. As a beginner there’s often precious little we can do. We can’t teach. We often don’t know enough to jump in and take on dojo projects. But there are little ways we can help out. Keeping the dojo nice is one way any of us can do a little something.
Sometimes we don’t notice the little details because we are looking at them all the time. And sometimes we just don’t know what do. Here are some ideas. They will of course vary between dojo. Check with your dojo cho, sensei, or sempai before taking on anything too risky (like painting the walls a new color!). These things are probably pretty safe ways to pitch in:
- Pick a small area that doesn’t get cleaned often, and take it on. Like a cabinet, or the strips along the walls that daily vacuuming doesn’t get.
- If you have a green thumb, pull weeds, deadhead the old flowers, prune what needs pruning, or maybe bring a few plants to fill in gaps in the landscaping.
- Wipe down the door jambs or baseboards.
- Wash the windows. Or just one window. Clean the mirrors.
- Seek and destroy all the cobwebs! Escort the spiders outdoors and turn them loose.
- Take the rags and towels home, wash and fold them, and return them.
- Take the rugs outside (far away from any open doors) and beat the dust out of them.
- Clean out the refrigerator, or the microwave.
- If you have dressing room curtains, vacuum the dust off them.
- Tidy up a closet or supply cabinet.
Taking care of your space is a small but meaningful way to support your dojo community. Make it a moving meditation, an act of gratitude, and enjoy.