Tidy Home, Tidy Mind – How To Feel Better By Cleaning Your House

Tidy Home, Tidy Mind – How To Feel Better By Cleaning Your House

Keeping things clean and organized is good for you, and science proves it. Here are five surprising reasons why cleaning your house could also boost your wellbeing:

  1. People with clean houses are healthier than people with messy houses. In fact, studies have shown that a person’s house cleanliness was a better predictor of their overall physical health than whether or not they engage in neighborhood walks. Not to mention, maintaining good physical health can promote good mental health.
  2. Cluttered or messy homes can lead to higher levels of cortisol, the brain’s stress hormone. When your home looks unorganized, it can make you and those with whom you share your home feel unsettled or even anxious. When you already have so much going on in your life with work, school, and hobbies, coming home should feel relaxing, not stressful. Setting aside a few moments each day to clean and organize can save you hours of feeling less stressed or less than your best.
  3. You will be more productive if your house is organized. As people often say, “clutter is the enemy of creativity.” A clean and organized house increases productivity, which is important for intellectual health and overall wellness. Although many of us think of our health as our physical well being, total wellness has several different components including physical, mental, intellectual, social and spiritual well being.
  4. You will have a greater sense of control after you clean. When you are able to take control of your environment, you will feel like you have better control over your life. Cleaning and organizing your houses foster self-confidence and a stronger sense of empowerment. These positive feelings can carry over to all of the other actions you take throughout the day.
  5. You will feel a sense of accomplishment after you clean. One of the best reasons to tidy up your home is that great sense of accomplishment afterwards. You’ll feel great about yourself, which will boost your mental health.

Tips for Cleaning Your Home for A Healthy Mind:

  • Give yourself 5 minutes each day to de-clutter.
    • Take five minutes — set aside just five minutes each day to clean. You can tackle the closest surface to you, or pick one corner to organize. Don’t worry if it takes multiple days or weeks to finish your entire home. Focus on one piece at a time can help make cleaning feel stress-free and manageable.
  • Clean as you go.
    • Small messes are easier to deal with than big messes. As you make small messes from day to day, take the time to clean up afterwards instead of saving that mess for a different time. For example, while you’re cooking, try doing some dishes at the same time. Or, wash your dishes after every meal instead of waiting until the end of the day to wash all of your dishes.
  • Make it fun.
    • Although cleaning often falls in the category of “shoulds” rather than “wants”, it can actually be fun! Try putting on your favorite music, playlist or podcast and listen while you clear. Or, try making clearning a whole family event by putting on a movie in the background.
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