Cleanliness and Psychology

A clean home is a happy home. Studies have shown that keeping a clean and tidy house has a positive effect on mental health in addition to improving physical health. Benefits to mental health are numerous, starting with feelings of achievement and satisfaction after a job well done, to better focus and healthier habits arising from a well organized and sparkling clean living environment.

Maintaining a spotless home, with every object kept neatly tucked in its designated place, is no small feat, but you’ll find it’s worth the trouble once you reap the rewards for the first time. By cleaning regularly we get one step closer to our dream home, where everything looks perfect and works like clockwork. We’re motivated and bursting with energy, so there’s no place in our house nor heart for dirt or depression.

A simple 20 minute cleaning session can do wonders for your mood as well as your lifestyle. With small children and pets around, it’s especially important to take the time to vacuum and dust often, to get rid of hair and pet dander that could cause allergies if left to their own devices. 

How to clean your home properly

Cleaning routinely, meticulously and systematically is essential when it comes to house cleanliness. Cleaning tasks usually consist of dusting, vacuuming, mopping and sanitizing. Add dishwashing, doing laundry and organizing to the mix and there’s your basic cleaning checklist.

When everything is orderly, people feel comfortable and relaxed in their homes. Any house can become a true sanctuary for the entire family if kept neat and cleaned carefully and with purpose. This creates a healthy, positive living atmosphere in which each family member thrives, contributes and feels happy and accomplished in turn.

The effect of cleanliness on mental health

There are multiple advantages to cleaning that are closely connected to good mental health. To name just a few:

Reducing stress and improving sleep.

Whenever our home is disorganized or overly cluttered it shows in our mood (we can’t find anything, we almost trip three times on the way to the closet and we blame the world), it consumes our energy (we feel like there is no end to the ever growing mess and we just can’t deal with that at the moment), it has effect on our sleep (we keep thinking of all the things waiting to be done, but we haven’t even started yet, so we can’t sleep).

When the opposite is true, and there are no unfinished chores nagging us behind closed eyelids, we can finally relax and allow ourselves to have a good night’s rest. 

Increased productivity and better focus

When there are a million unfinished chores lurking behind a corner, guilty thoughts get stuck in a loop in your head, so you can’t get anything done. By cleaning regularly you remove potential distractions (no more clutter and filth), and open the doors to better concentration and dedication to the task at hand.

Reducing stress and improving sleep quality helps increase productivity. This is the great power of a well-organized and tidy home, as this article suggests! 

Calming effect on the mind, similar to meditation

Many people clean when they feel nervous or stressed, because cleaning helps them feel better. This is yet another advantage of cleaning that showed a positive impact on mental health. The calming effect cleaning has on the mind is similar to the effect of meditation.

Physical labour helps us forget our troubles, empty our minds, and emerge on the other side stronger. Listening to some good tunes while cleaning is a good idea too, as it helps music lovers unwind and de-stress.

Becoming fitter

Cleaning can get quite physical and staying active has other perks besides the actual burning of calories or maintaining good looks. Becoming fitter makes us feel better about ourselves and motivates us to work further to achieve even better results. 

Exercise keeps depression at bay, and when we’re happy, energized and motivated, we’re less likely to eat junk food, according to psychologists.