Have you ever experienced a situation where you are determined to clean your house, be whatever it is? But you feel so lazy and there’s no time. Also, cleaning was supposed to be your New Year resolution!
Buddy, You ain’t alone in this battle. Preparing a New Year resolution list is something that everyone does. Adding ‘cleaning and keeping the house tidy’ to the list is done by most of us. However, the following of this list is hardly done by any of us.
Well, this isn’t anything new. We are often so busy with our lives that cleaning is literally thrown at the back of our mind. Furthermore, since the start of the year, cities all over the country are reporting more clothing donations than usual. Cleaning is something that is instilled in us from the beginning. While there are people who are obsessed with cleaning, there are also those who are bored with it.
But does it really matter if you let your home slip into a mess? The answer is yes. An untidy house or environment can have a bad effect on one’s mind and body. There are some scientifically backed health benefits of a clean home. Conversely, letting your home get dirty and/or disorganized can negatively affect your mental and physical well-being.
“There is a pleasure in imagining that this thing — being organized and clean — is a task that can be done,” explains Dr. Gail Saltz
what do the professionals say?
Keeping things clean and organized is good for you, and science can prove it.
A study led by associate professor Nicole R. Keith, Ph.D., research scientist and professor at Indiana University, found that people with clean houses are healthier than people with messy houses.
In addition to that, Dr Saltz, an associate professor of Psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell School of Medicine too speaks about cleaning and its benefits. “Once done, things would look nice and be less cluttered and you’d know where everything is. It’s sort of like imagining how good you’d feel after you do a spin class or a run,” she said.
And that’s part of the reason, she adds, why so many people are inspired right now by Kondo’s Netflix show: it gives them the tools to plan out how they can get something done, and help them feel like their goals are, indeed, attainable.
Do you want to know the benefits that cleaning can have on your body and mind? Here are the top few benefits of keeping our surroundings clean and tidy.
1. Cleaning up can boost your creativity and productivity
Yes, you read it right. According to a Princeton Study, clutter and dirt can have a negative impact on your ability to focus or process information.
When you have a task you don’t want to start, do you ever find yourself scanning the room for a distraction? You do! In Fact, everyone does. The more disorganized our home or workplace is, the higher the distraction. Moreover, the clutter and dirt around us is also a major cause of stress.
Disorganization makes it easy to spot something you can use to procrastinate. Furthermore, it can also hinder your ability to get things done — which is bad at home and at work. If you take the time to clean up your desk and your home, it can help you be more efficient.
“One’s productivity and creativity might be increased once one has completed organization — mostly because mentally, that distraction has been taken off the table,” explains Dr. Saltz. “It frees up more space to be productive and creative.”
2. It can improve your relationship
It is completely understandable if you’re wondering about the connection between a clean home and a person’s relationship. But it’s true!
“For many people, the issue of how clean and how organized to be is a real source of relationship stress,” says Dr. Saltz.
Every couple will have their own set of differences. while one half of the couple might really like things organized and obsessively clean, the other might be quite the opposite. Some might also think that it’s no big deal if the dirty clothes pile up or if the house goes a week or two between vacuums. But, we all are aware that a clean house is a must, especially when you have kids around.
“This can be a source of arguing, disagreement and upset that takes a lot of emotional space up,” she explains. Hence, it is always important to maintain that clean and tidy house. Moreover, cleaning the house together can be a great therapy to release stress. Why? Cleaning is known for relieving stress, and cleaning the house with your partner can be fun as well.
3. Socializing just became a lot more better and easier
Yes, having a clean can make socializing much better and easier. Imagine your neighbour knocking on your door and your things are all over the place! Yeah, that wouldn’t be a good situation.
When our house is cluttered and all over the place, we often hesitate to invite people over. But not socializing in your space can have a tremendous impact on your friendships and your well-being. Furthermore, it can make you feel isolated and increase your chances of depression or poor mental health. I bet no one would want to go into depression because of an untidy house.
So, get out of that bed and start cleaning. In fact, go ahead and give your room a makeover, maybe paint something on your room walls, or get decorate it with fairy-lights and dream catchers. Your mind and body will thank you for it
4. You might eat healthier
It wasn’t long ago when you promised yourself to go on a diet and start eating healthy. However, every time you look around your room, you feel so lazy that you just crash in your room with a pizza in your hand. It happens to all of us.
A study in the journal Psychological Science suggests that people in orderly environments can show a preference for healthier snacks. I guess you can blame your untidy room for your bad eating habits.
It is better to start cleaning that messy room because keeping a tidy house and eating healthy is something that can benefit every one of us!
5. It can financial help you.
There is an important meeting and you aren’t able to find your watch even after turning your place up-side-down – What would you do? Buy a new one! Imagine this happening every time. By the end of the month, your salary would just disappear and you wouldn’t even be aware of it. Moreover, Amazon, Myntra and Flipkart wouldn’t mind your little ‘out-of-time’ shopping spree.
If you can’t find something in a messy house, but you really need it, you’re likely to give up looking for it and just buy a new one. This can waste your money, according to MarketWatch — and it won’t help your clutter problem either.
According to a study, more than 10 per cent of American households rents storage spaces to hold their extra belongings. They can spend as much as $1,000 a year on that facility. It should come as no surprise that the sale of home storage products, such as plastic boxes, has become a $10.5 billion business.
Do you want to save money? Just tidy your house. It’s like treasure hunting, you’ll find a lot of your ‘lost’ stuff while cleaning. I too found a lot of my ‘lost’ stuff.
Don’t rush, take it slow
If you have planned on cleaning and tidying your messed up house, take it slow and easy. Firstly, not everyone has the same definition of ‘clean’ or ‘tidy’.It’s okay to want a bookshelf chock full of books or a lot of sentimental things around you. The key is to find the level of tidy and organized that makes you happy.
“You have to break things into bite-sized chunks so that it feels manageable and not overwhelming or anxiety-producing.” – Dr. Saltz
As long as your space or clutter doesn’t interfere with your ability to function — i.e. you can never find things, you don’t want people over, it’s affecting your relationships or your job, etc. — then it’s okay to decide what organized looks like for you.
If you stress yourself out trying to achieve the impossible overnight, you’re never going to experience the benefits that cleaning up can have on your health, defeating the point of your newest New Year’s resolution in the first place.
Source: Upworthy.com, Freshome