After hibernating through the cold months, it’s time to emerge from our dusty hovels and smell the flowers. It was a long winter, but with the weather swapping out snowstorms for sun and rain, there’s no better time to let some of the cheer and brightness into our homes and embrace the endless benefits that having clean and tidy surroundings can have on our mindsets, health and overall wellbeing.
A Clean Home Is A Healthy Home
Okay, this one may not count as “surprising” but it’s super important. A messy or dirty home breeds bacteria, mould and dust that can exacerbate allergies and respiratory issues. Not to mention, having clutter taking up counter and floor space creates more opportunities for injuries due to tripping or broken glass.
Simply putting things back in their places after each use, and regularly cleaning high-impact areas like kitchens and bathrooms drastically reduces these risks while cutting down on overall cleaning time and improving indoor air quality.
It’s easier to work, think creatively, and feel relaxed in a clean and clutter-free environment. Not only will a clean home help you focus on the important things, but you can feel good about enjoying yourself in your downtime knowing that you don’t have to feel guilty about not spending that time doing chores, because it’s all taken care of.
In addition, the act of cleaning itself can be very therapeutic. Some activities, like scrubbing a bathtub or lugging a vacuum around, can even make you break a sweat, giving you a calming sense of satisfaction when the task is done.
No one wants to have company over in a dirty home, but sometimes the manic cleaning session before a dinner party is enough to deter you from hosting at all. Rather than a superficial cleaning frenzy, and worrying what your guests think of you based on the state of your household, you can feel at ease inviting people back to your home knowing that you’ve cultivated a nurturing and cleanly indoor environment.
By cleaning your belongings regularly, you’ll cut down on maintenance costs, because things that are taken care of simply last longer. You will also have a better idea of what you actually have (because you can actually find things!) and won’t waste time looking for things or money buying replacements.
Knowing what you have can also lead to a more minimalist lifestyle. How much of what we buy do we really need or use? Go through your clothes and belongings and donate your excess to charity, or recycle items that seem to be only taking up valuable space.