It’s common knowledge that cleaning is good for us – but exactly how? Today we look at the benefits of a clean home once you tackle the big job.
Seriously – being clean and tidy means you’ll be more productive at work. Studies have shown that people who live and work in clean environments tend to be more focused and productive at work. Increased productivity means you’ll generate better results and earn more money in the long run!
2. It supports charitable giving
When you regularly purge your home, there’s always an opportunity to give your unwanted items to someone in need. You can accomplish this in a few ways. Perhaps hand your items over to your local Salvation Army or charity shop. Or have a garage sale and try to collect a few dollars from what you sell. You can also list your items online and give things you no longer need to people who can use and re-purpose them.
3. Less stress – that’s got to be a good thing!
Even something as simple as washing your dishes can be a good mindfulness activity. The result? A reduced heart rate and less stress in the long-term. Take it easy and turn up the volume on Adele.
4. A strong sense of accomplishment
Knowing that you’ve ticked a few big-ticket items off your list gives you a huge boost of energy and makes you feel pretty happy too! You’ll feel a huge sense of accomplishment when you can sit back and look over your clean and tidy home. It’ll also encourage you to continue the habit in the days, weeks and months to come.
5. Avoid allergies
Regular cleaning at home is one of the best ways to reduce dust and other nasty irritants. Simple chores like sweeping, dusting and vacuuming will eliminate dust, pet dander, dust mites and other allergens which can cause cold and flu-like symptoms. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, you’ll find your symptoms relived and breathing far easier by keeping your house clean!
6. You’ll be fitter
Here’s some good news: Cleaning doesn’t just make your home look spick and span, it can also burn calories. Every chore from sweeping, mopping, vacuuming and even hand-washing the dishes will help you work up a little sweat and burn off those unneeded calories. Turn up your favourite tunes and dance around while cleaning the house for at least an hour.
7. Reduced safety hazards
Keeping your house tidy and organised will likely reduce the chance of you (or your loved ones) getting injured. Minimal clutter and keeping things out of harm’s way can make a huge difference to the overall safety of your home. Keep an eye out for loose items around (i.e. toys) which could increase the risk of falls. Stacks of boxes and books can easily fall on someone and injure them.
8. More opportunities to be hospitable!
There’s a lovely feeling about having a clean and organised home for a number of reasons. You can have company drop by unexpectedly and you won’t feel embarrassed. Also, you’ll be able to entertain with a moment’s notice because your home is in great shape.
9. It supports minimalism
Clean and tidy homes generally have less stuff in them. This provides you with an opportunity to embrace the concepts of minimalism. When you start to cut down on the number of items you have in your home, you won’t want to add to it. Eventually you’ll start to purge more and more. Eventually you’ll begin to see the benefits of less than more.
10. It fosters calm
The outside world is a chaotic place at the best of times. So why would you want to replicate that chaos inside your home? When you live in a calm, clean setting, you take on peace and tranquility. You can step through your door, lock up and leave the noise and chaos outside.
11. Improves your mental state
Face it. There’s nothing better than walking into a house that’s clean and organised. You can breathe deep and enjoy the fact that your clean house will cause you little to no anxiety. The process of cleaning and de-cluttering has been known to provide a number of mental health benefits. Everything from physical movements to the completion of a task – they’re all things people find quite cathartic.