Endless to-do lists and piles of laundry are more exhausting than doing the actual work, and the worst bit is that they can easily mess with every other aspect of your life. A messy house and unfinished chores steal your peace, time from family, as well as time from yourself. And most of the time, you won’t have any idea that a cluttered home is already affecting you and your family in such a way.
Living at a time where attaining some form of balance gets harder by the day, you might want to focus on housekeeping a lot more than you have been. You need to think about and act on clutter as soon as you get home. As a homeowner, you should exert time and effort to make your home spotless. If you don’t have the resources to accomplish this task, consider hiring a professional cleaning service to help you out.
But why is it important to keep up on housekeeping and keep your home clutter-free? Here are some of the benefits of proper housekeeping.
- It lowers stress and your predisposition to depression
A study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin revealed that women with unfinished projects at home or the ones who regarded their homes as cluttered were more fatigued, depressed, and they also had significantly higher cortisol levels (stress hormone); compared to the women whose homes were restorative and restful.
According to Herbal Nutrition, long to-do lists only increase your cortisol levels, and take a huge toll on your sleep, mood, overall health, and productivity.
Seeing piles of laundry or clutter all over your home can cause stress as you’ll likely see yourself troubled on how you can resolve the problem. More often than not, clutter will lead you to ask questions such as, “How did my home become so messy?”, “How can I clean all of this mess on time?”, and “When is the best time for me to clean my house?” These questions can go on and on, which will eventually cause stress.
So, the next time you feel stressed and wiped out for no apparent reason, put away the pile of laundry and organize the house. Start with one room at a time and see how your mood improves. Always find the time to regularly clean your home so you won’t end up troubled in seeing clutter all over the place.
- You eat better
Working in a neat, organized space, even for 10 minutes a day, is enough to force you to change your eating habits. You might find yourself choosing an apple over ice cream easily compared to when you work and live in a messy environment.
The reason for this is that clutter is very stressful to your brain, and when your brain is stressed, it finds coping mechanisms such as comfort food or even overeating. This is especially true if you often feel hopeless about the clutter in your home.
An organized space makes you a clean eater. It’ll be easier for you to make the right decisions in choosing what to eat if your mind isn’t stressed. A clean home will also encourage you to prepare healthy meals from scratch so you won’t end up overeating. Your clean eating habits will then easily spread into your home, and you won’t have to force your kids to eat broccoli.
- It’s great for your relationship
One of the best (although not the easiest) ways for you to keep off depression and illnesses is by maintaining happy relationships with your loved ones.
Unfortunately, a disorganized space takes a toll on relationships, and the effects are felt in the form of diseases, depression, and failed relationships. Clutter could also create tension and leave room for altercations with your significant other. If your home is too cluttered, you and other family members will likely point fingers at who’s responsible for the mess. In some cases, a cluttered home will also cause family members to fight.
So, if you want to live in harmony with your family, without shelling out a considerable amount of money on professional cleaning services, avoid clutter and encourage everyone to keep the home clean and organized. You can do this by assigning all of your family members a specific cleaning task.
For example, you can teach your kids to store their toys after using them. If you’re living with teenagers, take some time to teach them how to properly take out the trash, clean the dishes, and vacuum the house. If everyone in the household cooperates, you’ll have better chances of maintaining a clean house.
Think of how much you get affected every time your kids or your partner fails to put their dirty socks in the laundry basket or if they don’t keep their drawers organized. These seemingly small things often take their toll on relationships, even though they can be handled easily, and the discord avoided.
- A clean home is a safe home
Good housekeeping is as simple as cleaning the broken pieces of glass after an accident, aerating the basement, and getting rid of any and all signs of mold. Failure to handle these issues on time often leaves a household unsafe and predisposed to accidents and illnesses.
Knowing that there are no hazards in your home gives you peace of mind and makes yours a happy home.
The other benefits include a boost in productivity, better sleep, more workout energy, and good health, overall.
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