How often do you find yourself wanting to clean and organize your home, but something always seems to get in the way? While you know that you should keep the house clean, the act of doing so can quickly become overwhelming when there is a lot of work involved.
Even though it can be difficult to find the energy to accomplish such a task, the benefits of a clean home can positively impact your mental and physical well-being, making it well worth your time. Read on for some tips on how you can achieve a clean home, and why it will be beneficial for your health to do so.
Where should you begin?
Now that you’re taking on the task of cleaning your home, you need to decide on where to begin. Maybe you’ve made a list of everything you need to do, but didn’t make it any farther than that. Before you become too overwhelmed, take a deep breath and relax.
Cleaning is best achieved when you break it down into smaller, achievable steps. Instead of setting yourself up for failure by committing yourself to clean the entire house on your day off, create a reasonable schedule that allows you to have a life outside of your home. This schedule will ideally list out all of the rooms in your house and assign cleaning dates to them, so that you know exactly when you’ll be cleaning each room.
Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that you’re equipped with all of the necessary supplies, so that cleaning will be a breeze. Be sure to have all of your basics, such as disinfectant sprays and rags, ready to go before you begin. Once you figure out what supplies you’re missing, you can make use of an online household items store to have all of the essentials delivered to you. This way, you don’t have to worry about the added step of going to the store to pick up cleaning supplies before you can start cleaning your home. Once you have a plan, as well as your supplies on hand, you can get to work!
What are the benefits of a clean home?
Cleaning is a destresser.
If the thought of a messy room stresses you out, then cleaning is an easy fix. In fact, research shows that disorganization and uncleanliness can cause higher levels of anxiety as well as stress on individuals. As a result, cleaning can give people a sense of control over their environment. Not only does it provide this sense of control, but the repetitive acts of different cleaning tasks can even be relaxing. So, the next time you’re overwhelmed by something particularly stressful, try cleaning for 20 to 30 minutes and see if you feel better afterwards. You’ll likely notice that you are more in control over your space and may even be calmer from the act of cleaning. If anything, cleaning can aid you in reducing at least a little of your stress.
Cleaning is a productivity booster.
If your job or a hobby of yours requires you to focus, having an especially cluttered workspace can make this more challenging. That’s why creating a clean and organized environment can make a difference in your overall productivity.
If you have the space, creating a separate workspace is an ideal way to improve your well-being while working from home. Whether you are working at a desk or a table, try to keep the surface as decluttered as possible by making use of dividers as well as desk organizers, which can prevent office supplies from covering the entire surface.
With a clean workspace, you’ll be in a better mindset to perform optimally, ensuring that you’ll be more successful at your job or hobby. Check out our previous post on optimizing your home space to improve your well-being for more tips on how to create a more productive space.
Cleaning is a way to stay healthy.
In addition to all of the amazing benefits that a clean home can have on your mental well-being, the positive effects it has on your physical health are just as important. Simply put, a clean home will have less germs than the alternative, creating an environment that will protect you and others from falling ill. Because bacteria and viruses often spread on surfaces, maintaining a strict disinfecting schedule is important, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
Additionally, with spring upon us, frequent vacuuming and dusting may help prevent or reduce allergies or other respiratory ailments. If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies, being extra mindful of areas where dust, pet hair, and other allergens collect can make a difference in their overall health. As you begin your spring cleaning this year, be extra diligent in cleaning the dirtiest spots in your home.
Cleaning is an exercise.
Do you hate running on a treadmill? Or, going to the gym period? Great, grab a mop! While mopping is not the same as running 5 miles, it can be a way to torch some extra calories while you check off some house chores.
Like any type of exercise, the amount of calories you burn varies. For reference, however, it was found that a 150-lb individual burned 99 calories for 30 minutes of cleaning. By keeping the house clean, you’ll find new ways to stay active at home. So, the next time you have to vacuum, turn on your favorite Spotify playlist, and Cha-Cha your way to a cleaner room and a healthier you.
Maintaining a clean home is an important part of your health journey. The benefits it has on your mental and physical wellness make it necessary to your routine. Here’s to a happy and healthy home!