Did you know “letting your home get dirty and/or disorganized can negatively affect your mental and physical well-being”? If not, I am sure you are like many others who never realized a dirty/ disorganized home is really effecting you, without you even knowing! Like the article says, “Sometimes, you need a little push to help yourself start building good habits.”
They have listed 6 compelling reasons to keep things neat and tidy and I have given you my take on each of them and what I do in my own household!
1. You’ll feel less stressed.
“Visual clutter leads to mental clutter.” The article says, “tackling those outstanding to-dos and letting your house in order can help you manage stress.” I will be the first to admit this is a BIG truth for me! I used to always pick up around the house anyways as I came and went but when I started working from home in my current job, I realized really fast that I could not focus and would tend to get stressed much easier when my house was not tidy. Now I will tidy up before I go to bed each night – blankets folded, dishes in the dishwasher, clothes in the hampers, toys put away..etc. While it might not seem like a big deal, I rest better and get up more motivated knowing that I can start fresh each morning!
2. You’ll be more active.
“Cleaning gets you moving.” The article linked 10 different chores to burn 100 calories each! Cleaning for me truly does feel like completing a workout! So rewarding! I love to walk through my house after everything has been cleaned/tidied up, and just take it all in, like a kid who just received a student of the week award – haha! Not only has cleaning kept me active, keeping things clean has also allowed me extra time to actually get in a workout! DOUBLE WIN!!
3. You’ll be more productive.
“Disorganization makes it easy to spot something you can use to procrastinate. When everything is in order, on the other hand, your mind finds it easier to get stuff done.” I can attest to this truth! Part of my job requires some work in excel. Probably the least favorite part of my job. I would rather take a hand held dust buster to my floors than manipulate excel files (haha) so this is EXACTLY what I will do if my house is not tidy. Making sure everything is in order before I set down to start my work for the day keeps me on task, fewer distractions, and more motivated.
4. You might eat healthier.
I found it very interesting that the article states that “people who had been working in an organized space were two times mor likely to choose an apple over a chocolate bar than those who had been working in messy areas.” While chocolate is my kryptonite, I can relate to a clean house leading to a clean lifestyle. It is kind of like how when the sun is shining people are immediately happier.
5. You’ll sleep better.
“The National Sleep Foundation conducted a survey that revealed that just making your bed in the morning boosts your chances of getting a good night’s rest by almost 20%” WHATT?!?! 20% for just making your bed! I mean, who doesn’t want to sleep better? Like I said before, I tidy up every night before I go to bed because it does allow me to rest knowing I am not getting up and automatically having to put in work for something. One of my favorite parts of the day is getting up and having coffee in the quiet before everyone else gets up and enjoying my tidy home, knowing nothing is requiring my attention!
6. You’ll get sick less frequently.
I think it goes without saying, but, “a clean home leaves fewer places for germs and bacteria to hide. Plus, dust and allergens build up in carpeting, bedding, and upholstery over time, contributing to worsened allergies and asthma.” The article says just dusting and vacuuming are not enough, that you must declutter also! This one is a huge motivator for me. I can attest to how this has helped our family tremendously. Due to cleaning (with our wonderful disinfectant Waltz D) and decluttering regularly, my family has experienced less sever allergies and less sickness overall.
While the thought of keeping a tidy house seems daunting to many people because of how far they have let things go, all it takes is one good cleaning to get yourself started! Start today, make some money on a yard sale and declutter your house! Then once it is decluttered, get it clean! Then implement some steps into your daily routine to help achieve a level of clean you never knew possible! Don’t forget – A clean home is a healthy home!