Tips for Maintaining a Clean House

Now that we’ve discussed the importance and benefits of having a clean home for your mental health, we will now talk about the practicalities involved in keeping your house clean. Keeping your home clean doesn’t need to be another full time job and it doesn’t have to be stressful either. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but to lessen the amount of stress. In the next few sections, I will talk about some tips that will make keeping your house clean less of a chore.

Divide and Conquer

Your house is a mess and the task of cleaning the whole thing is starting to look more difficult than climbing Mt. Everest. Don’t feel daunted. Divide the tasks down into things you can do in about one to two hours a day and start completing those tasks every day. Eventually that mountain will be whittled down to a molehill. By breaking the larger task into manageable parts you will stay motivated as you complete each part as you see you are making steady progress. Also, the smaller tasks will require less time commitment making the task more achievable. This divide and conquer technique can apply even if your home is already tidy and clean. You can divide your current cleaning schedule into smaller tasks that you accomplish daily so you’ll feel less daunted at the prospect of trying to do the entire schedule in one day and you’ll be more likely to get the tasks done this way.

Find Ways to Have Fun While Cleaning

If it feels like a chore, then it’s going to be a bore. That is why you need to find ways to make your cleaning tasks feel like less of a chore. For example, you can vacuum while listening to music and pretend the vacuum is your dance partner. You can also turn cleaning into a little fun competition between family members to see who can clean different areas of the house fastest while still maintaining the proper standards. There are also many other ways of injecting fun into cleaning tasks. Just be creative and look for ideas that will work for your family and cleaning will stop feeling like a chore.

Use a House Cleaning Service

            If your life is extremely hectic and you constantly fall behind on cleaning your house, don’t be afraid to use a house cleaning service. This is not a bad reflection on you that you are lazy and can’t keep your house clean. It is just you using a service to expedite a task that you currently don’t have time for just like going to a restaurant instead of cooking. There are many great house cleaning services in Fayetteville, AR and I’m sure in most other communities as well. Look at the services and reviews for these cleaning companies to find the ones that will meet your needs. If it is within your budget, you can contract these house cleaning services to clean your home on a set schedule so you never have to worry about cleaning your home again.

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The Mental Health Benefits of a Clean Home            

In an earlier post I discussed an overlooked aspect of home stress that is having a clean home. In this post, I will expand further on the benefits of having a clean home. While all these benefits may not apply to you, but even if you can gain a few of these benefits it will help lower the stress in your life and improve your overall mental health. In the sections below, I will list what I think are the primary benefits of a clean home.

A Clean and Tidy Home Will Make You More Productive at Home

            Productivity, productivity, productivity – I’m sure you’ve heard this word plenty at work and the mere mention of it probably makes you stressed. However, when I say you’ll be more productive at home, I don’t mean you’ll end up doing more work (although you could if you want to). What I mean here is that you’ll be more efficient in doing the things you need to do at home so you can have more time to do the things you enjoy or just rest. For example, having your kitchen clean and tidy will greatly increase the efficiency of your cooking because you won’t need to clear counter space, or wash pots that you need to use, etc. By having more time to do the things you like, you’ll have more fun and less stress overall.

A Clean Home Reduces the Chance You Will Become Ill

            A home that is left unclean will have many microbes on various surfaces that can cause illnesses. Now you may ask, “What does physical health have to do with mental health?” and to that I say a lot. An old proverb states that a strong mind can only exist in a healthy body and to me truer words have never been said. Being ill often makes you feel lethargic and usually this causes you to fall behind on the things you need to do, adding more stress to your life. Also, a serious illness can greatly affect your psyche possibly even causing depression. There is also the issue of an illness in the family causes everyone else to have increased responsibilities increasing their stress levels also. That is why it is important to keep a clean home to minimize the chance of contracting an illness.

A Clean Home Reduces the Amount of Irritating Factors in Your Home

I think we’ve all felt disgust when encountering something very ugly or smelt a really offensive smell. It is often a very visceral and immediate reaction that we can’t control and it can even change our moods. Now imagine encountering these offensive sights and smells in your home. While you might be able to tolerate it, it can still cause you to become more irritable and more likely to lose patience with your family members. This obviously can lead to increased conflicts and more stress in the household. Conversely, a clean, tidy, and pleasant smelling home fosters feelings of comfort and reduces stress levels.

 

Robyn Branch Community Psychiatric Support Treatment            

Hi my name is Robyn Branch and I specialize in identifying issues in the community that can affect mental health and I provide solutions and expertise to help alleviate those problem issues. I am currently working out of the Fayetteville, AR area but I’m sure the issues I discuss can be applied to other communities as well. I would like to first start out by talking about sources of stress and how they cause mental health deterioration.

Sources of Stress

            There are three major areas where stress can enter your life and they are work stress, commute stress, and home stress. At work you can have difficult clients, tight project deadline, obnoxious coworkers, or any number of other things that can stress you. While commuting you can run into a lot of stressors as well such as long traffic jams or careless drivers. At home there’s stress that comes from conflict with your family members or stress that comes from needing to complete domestic chores. All these stressors can combine to damage your mental health and sometimes even lead to a complete meltdown. By examining ways to deal with and alleviate these stressors, your overall mental health will better and hopefully that will lead to a better community overall.

There is a lot of information out there in ways to alleviate work stress, commute stress, and home stress that you can read about. However, one area of stress that is often overlooked is stress resulting from domestic chores. An untidy home is not only a source of stress but it often compounds stress from other areas of your life. For example, lack of tidiness can cause you to lose track of important documents for a work project further enhancing your work stress or untidy spaces can lead to a point of contention between you and your spouse. Either way it is more stress that you don’t need in your life.

Why is Having a Clean Home So Important for Your Mental Health?

            Studies have shown that a cluttered workspace reduces the productivity of a worker immensely. The same can conclusion can be applied to have a cluttered untidy home. You already need to juggle many priorities in your life so the last thing you need is to have an unclean and untidy home where it is much easier to misplace and lose track of important items like your keys or important documents. Also, an unclean home makes your home feel much less inviting and less cozy overall. This makes it much more difficult to feel comfortable in your own home which is really bad because your home is your primary resting place where you recharge your batteries so you can face the challenges of a new day. Another problem that arises from an unclean home is that the unpleasant sights and smells act as additional irritant to you and that in turn can cause you to become unpleasant with your family members. So I guess the main point of this post is a good house cleaning can be a boon for your mental health.

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