We don’t know about you, but it is HARD to keep up with the clutter and mess at our house! Our schedules are so busy with work, school, sports, and daily life that the mess (and dirt) accumulate quickly! Finding the motivation to tidy and clean isn’t easy. Still, we are trying to make it happen knowing how better we feel in a neat and clean environment. It turns out that feeling better in a tidy home is an ACTUAL thing. A clean and tidy home is proven to have multiple health benefits.
Regular cleaning keeps you healthier by stopping the spread of germs that can make you sick and minimizing triggers for allergies and asthma. Wiping counters, disinfecting bathrooms, cleaning floors, etc., all help kill those germs that cause colds and flu. When we frame cleaning as something that promotes wellness, it can shift our mindset to give us more motivation to complete those tasks.
Visual clutter makes it more difficult to relax. Mess and extra stuff lying around mean visual distractions that can cause anxiety and stress. Decluttering and tidying up can improve adults’ moods, but it greatly benefits kids as well. When we are less visually overwhelmed, everything feels easier and more manageable.
If we had a dollar every time one shoe was lost, a ballcap went missing, or the remote was nowhere to be found, we could retire on a private island. So much time is wasted looking for stuff in the middle of a mess or where it doesn’t belong. A tidy space calms the crazy in our minds, letting us focus on our priorities.
Rumpled covers, a bedside table filled with discarded water bottles, clothes all over the random chair in the corner that (your husband swears he will re-wear), and shoes strewn across the floor don’t make for a very calming environment. Nothing is better than getting into a freshly made bed with clean sheets and a orderly space. It doesn’t happen often, but we live for it and feel much better after a good night’s sleep.
If all these reasons aren’t enough motivation to keep a tidy home, maybe closing those rings will do the trick. We aren’t saying that cleaning or picking up your home replaces exercise, but it can work in some extra steps and increase your heart rate.
Set a timer for 20-30 minutes, get as much cleaning done as possible, and watch those rings close!