Many people find cleaning their homes a tedious, never-ending chore they hate doing every week. It doesn’t have be this way. Cleanliness has many positive effects on your mental and physical health. It can help you lead a more fulfilled, organized, happier life.
Although it may seem like another task to add to your “to do” list, if you really invest in it and find fun ways to incorporate it into your life, you may find you enjoy cleaning your house more than you think.
Cleaning is a satisfying activity that can be used to reduce stress and anxiety. It also helps to keep your home cleaner and more healthy.
A regular cleaning schedule once or twice per week will reduce the amount of work required in one’session. This makes it easier and more manageable.
However, if you leave cleaning to the last minute, you will likely end up with a lot of work to do at once. It may also make it more difficult for you to maintain clean bedding and clothes.
“But cleaning is boring and I’m busy!”
You have many options to make cleaning more fun and fit into your life.
First, find what you enjoy
Listening to music with a strong beat can keep you moving and distract you. This can prevent you from becoming bored. To engage your brain, you might also consider listening to audiobooks or radio.
You may want to include cleaning in your spiritual and religious practices.
It is possible to pray or meditate before you clean. You can also light incense and crystals like selenite and tourmaline to purify your space. Ritual cleaning is part of many religious practices around the globe, including Christianity, Islam and Hinduism.
If none of these options appeal to you, and you prefer a practical approach, you have the option to turn on the TV, clean simultaneously with DIY, or just clean while you go about your normal household routine.
Next, determine your limitations and needs
You may be prone to making a lot of mess if you’re creative. This is not uncommon for creative people. However, it could lead to a less conducive environment for your normal activities and stress when you try to get work done in cluttered spaces.
You will have less clutter if you are more strategic or logic-oriented. However, it may be difficult for long-term workers to stick to a regular cleaning schedule. Instead of cleaning the entire house once a week, try doing a few small tasks each day before you go to work.
You can then relax and enjoy your “down time” by getting rid of all the housework. You won’t have to clean as much on weekends if you do it for a week.
How to organize a cleaning schedule and stay on top of it
You can clean your house by creating a list. This will allow you to identify the things that need to be done and the best time to do them.
It is important to limit the time you spend cleaning and to only do two to three tasks each session. You will likely become tired or stressed if you hold a long cleaning session. This will make it difficult to do the next one.
Instead, schedule 2-3 more cleaning sessions per week with some jobs (such washing up and cleaning the kitchen, etc.). It can be done every day or every other day.
“But I’m Not Motivated To Do It!”
You might find it difficult to motivate yourself, especially if you have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), or depression. Instead, you could use a calendar, your phone’s calendar, or any of the many apps available to remind you to clean your house. If you have a trusted support network, they might be able to help you with self-care issues.
A reward for every clean is another way to motivate yourself.
Maybe you can have a piece of chocolate after a hard week of cleaning. You could also indulge in a glass of wine after you have completed every task on your cleaning list.
Find what motivates you and embrace it!
Clean House, Clean Body
Cleaning your home can help you keep your body in top shape.
First, cleaning is an excellent way to incorporate physical exercise into your day, especially for the elderly who might not be able or able to do more strenuous tasks.
You can burn up to 100 calories in just 30 minutes by moving furniture, cleaning, mopping, and making bed. You can also keep your muscles toned and strong by moving heavy furniture and equipment.
You can eat healthier if you clean! Research has shown that stress can lead to a greater intake of unhealthy food and more stress. Living in a messy home will increase cortisol levels and stress.
A 2013 study also found that people who work in an organized space are more likely to choose an Apple over a Chocolate Bar when choosing what to eat. The cleaner your home is, the healthier you eat and less stressed you will be.
A survey by National Sleep Foundation revealed that a tidy bedroom can make it easier to fall asleep at night.
You will be able to avoid getting ill by cleaning your home regularly. It helps eliminate harmful viruses, bacteria, pollen and fungispores that can trigger respiratory conditions like asthma and allergies.
Where are the best places to begin? Mymove.com identified nine of the most germiest areas in your home. These include dish sponges and the kitchen sink.
Maintaining a clean home is good for your mental health
It is easy to reduce stress by keeping your home clean.
It helps you stay organized by allowing you to know exactly where everything is. There will be no more rush to find important files in the morning. This will keep cortisol, which is a stresshormone, under control.
Additionally, clutter can cause stress by overloading our brains’ visual stimuli. Sensory overload is a term that refers to excessive visual stimulation. This can lead to high stress levels in people with ADD, autism and other mental disorders.
Feelings of guilt and anxiety can also be caused by clutter. When you see evidence of unfinished tasks in front of your face, it is difficult to ignore the feeling of overwhelm.
Concentration is another aspect of mental health that clutter can affect. Our brains work overtime when we are overstimulated to process all the visual information. This causes us to lose focus on other things, such as work.
Feeling overwhelmed by clutter can lead to avoidant coping strategies such as eating junk food and watching TV.
This means that you can make your home cleaner and more peaceful by cleaning it regularly.
In 2011, for example, researchers using functional magnetic resonance imaging (among other biological measurements) discovered that clearing clutter from the immediate environment led to better focus, information processing, and greater productivity.
By staying on top, clutter can be reduced and you will have more productivity, more energy, better health, and a more healthy lifestyle.
Benefits for Your Home
Regular cleaning can bring many benefits to your home, not only will it make your home look cleaner and more tidy.
Cleaning your home regularly will make it less likely that you’ll find any serious problems later on. Stains that are not being cleaned immediately can be stopped from’setting in’ and made easier to remove.
Regular cleaning can also prolong the life span of carpets and furniture. This will result in a lower cost for purchasing and maintaining furniture.
Benefits for Friends, Family, Loving Ones, and Pets
It helps improve your relationships by doing your part in the cleaning and tidying up.
Yelp’s recent study found that up to 80% of households disagree about cleaning. 20% of those polled said it was a frequent cause of conflict. These arguments can be reduced by keeping your home clean, but it is not easy!
The cleaning is only one part of many arguments. But, there are other issues. Cleaning can be a way to express gender roles. Women who clean most often may feel neglected, while men who do the majority of the cleaning may feel that they are doing enough to make their partner happy.
You can reduce gender-based arguments and communicate better with your partner by creating a routine that identifies who does what job. Perhaps you decide to have a “date night” after cleaning day so that you can both reward yourself and spend quality time together.
You should also consider clutter if your family includes elderly people, children or animals at high risk of falling. You can help your family members stay safe by cleaning out and maintaining their living spaces regularly.
Benefits for Society and the Environment
You can also help the wider community by tidying up your home. You can donate your items to charity shops, or list them on sites like Freecycle.com. This will allow you to offer the items to those who are in greater need.
It also makes the environment more sustainable by making sure that things you don’t use are repurposed, not thrown away. You might also discover that you like the creative aspect of repurposing used items into useful household equipment or decorations.
Why do you need to keep up a cleaning routine?
Cleaning is good for your home, your family, your environment and your personal relationships. It is obvious that cleaning can make your life easier.