Hello! We’re back with more cleaning tips for you! This time we are going to list some of the benefits of a clean home.
Having a clean home is somewhat of an overstatement and understatement at the same time. We all know it is important and good to us, but you might not know how so or the different ways that it impacts your life and well-being.
In this article, you will find that cleaning your home not only makes your place look nice and beautiful, but will also give your home a bright, positive vibe. It can impact (for good!) your physical and mental health.
We all know that the benefits of a clean home take time and energy, though. You can always contact Emily’s Maids of Dallas, our professional cleaning service in Dallas, Grapevine, Southlake, and Flower Mound.
Or, if you prefer to clean by yourself, you can read our guides for creating the perfect cleaning schedule for you during the week.
Let’s go through each point to find out, step by step, why having your home cleaned is more important than you think. Enjoy!
Why Do We Clean?
Since we were kids, we have been always taught to brush our teeth, take a shower, wash our clothes, and so on. And we all know that we feel good after taking a nice shower or even after washing our hands. This feeling is comparable to cleaning your home.
It’s clear that, sometimes, we are driven by social and hygienic norms that “demand” us to keep our homes clean. Other times, we are driven by the feeling of accomplishment after finishing a cleaning or organizing something, such as making our bed.
And other times, we just want to see a change in our home, and a clean home makes a big impact. The truth is, cleaning helps us feel better. Removing cobwebs, wiping our windows, or vacuuming our floors.
After seeing your home deep cleaned after a while, you may notice improvements in your physical and mental health.
The Physical Benefits of a Clean Home
The most direct impact a clean home has on yourself, and your family is related to physical well-being.
First, you have the hygienic purpose of cleaning. By cleaning, sanitizing, and vacuuming your surfaces regularly, you remove grease, lint, and dirt that slowly start to sit on top of your countertops, tables, and your floors.
You are reducing the chance of bacteria, viruses, mold, and mildew growing on your surfaces. Think of it this way: you always have microbes flying around in the air, but you don’t see them. If you live in Dallas, you already know the air quality is not great, to begin with.
All they need is a humid, cold area to start growing and set on the surfaces, affecting your health. Mold and mildew, for example, are usually found in bathrooms, kitchens, or laundry rooms. If you sanitize surfaces and let airflow and sunlight in, you will stop them from growing and causing you health issues.
Some types of bacteria are able to grow in areas that haven’t been sanitized for up to 48 hours. During that time, they may enter your body. Cross-contamination is also a big risk when you don’t disinfect your kitchen surfaces properly after preparing chicken or meat, for example.
Second, a clean and tidy home helps you avoid accidents. Toys scattered on the floor, dirty cups and plates scattered across your kitchen countertops, and even cleaning products that are in the wrong place and about to spill out. If your home is properly clean and organized, accidents are less likely to happen.
The Mental Benefits of Cleaning Your Home
Besides taking care of your body, you are also taking care of your mind. A clean home is able to reduce stress levels, help you be more focused, and help you rest better.
Research has shown that some cleaning chores as doing the dishes, improve your state of mindfulness. Seeing that beds are made, countertops are clean and free of clutter, and windows and doors look shiny, certainly won’t harm your mood when you get home!
Other studies have talked about the changes in mood and sleep habits that happen when your home is clean. When you go to sleep on a bed that has been cleaned, you have fewer dust mites and lint floating around that cause you to sneeze or that increase your allergy symptoms.
If you think about it, the sole fact of physical movement helps with your mental health. As long as they are not too demanding or recurring, they can give you a bit more energy and motivation for the rest of your day.
The Negative Effects of a Messy Home
It’s interesting to see it the other way around: what do we associate a messy, dirty house with? It tends to be related to people that are not in their best mental health state. A messy home does not define us, but it is certainly a good indicator of our mental and emotional state.
A house that is not cleaned or maintained frequently will increase our chances of getting health complications because of mold, bacteria, or virus. It will also make us feel bad. Seeing the house looking messier and messier can increase our anxiety, our stress and kill our mood.
As you can see, a messy home can be both cause or consequence of going through a rough patch in our life. Seeing that the bed is not made, the dishes are waiting to get into the dishwasher, and your floors need some sweeping and mopping, can be discouraging and keep us in a negative cycle.
And that is ok! We all have ups and downs in our life, and that shows in the way we interact with our environment. A clear mind often translates to a clean house, and the same goes for a foggy, overwhelmed mind.
However, we have to try our best and get back on our feet. Unsurprisingly, cleaning is a great therapy! It is a form of stress relief and will keep your mind occupied for a few hours. Even if you just clean for 10 minutes each day, you’re making progress! As you go through your home, you will feel better and better.
How to Clean Your Home Without Getting Overwhelmed
We know that a clean home comes with many benefits. But, as we mentioned earlier, this also has a downside: you might feel overwhelmed or tired after trying to “keep up” with a clean home.
The truth is, unless you are leaving this in the hands of a professional cleaning service, there is not much more you can do. It is all about trial and error and finding the checklist and the schedule that works for you.
The same cleaning routine is not going to work for everybody. In fact: it won’t even work for you after a couple of months or even weeks!
A good strategy to avoid frustration is to include your family as part of the cleaning schedule. Make sure they are age-appropriate tasks and that everyone is happy with their tasks.
If you do not have a routine that is working for you, start small and slowly work your way up. You might want to switch things up every other week or every month, for example. This way, no one feels “stuck” with their tasks, and you will not get frustrated in the long run.
Remember you also can also hire a professional cleaning service. We have talked about the benefits of getting professional cleaners to take care of your house In the past. With a cleaning service, you can dedicate extra time to spend quality time with your family, go out with your friends, or even have fun on your own!
At the end of the day, don’t be afraid to ask for extra help. Having the responsibility of cleaning and organizing your home on your own takes a tremendous toll on your mental well-being. If you are not careful, this can be even worse for your mental health than not cleaning.
We hope these tips helped you learn more about the benefits of a clean home. If you don’t know where to start, remember we have a cleaning guide so make sure to check that one out! Also, our fellas from Dallas Maids posted some tips for Fall cleaning if you want to find more info.
As we discussed earlier, a clean home comes with many physical and mental health benefits. A messy come can be either a cause or a consequence of us not being in our best state.
Remember to start slow, include your family in the cleaning schedule, and don’t be afraid to ask for extra help if you need it. Consistency is more important than having a spotless home once every quarter and then losing that momentum.
And, as always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or if you are interested in hiring a professional cleaning service! Emily’s Maids’ goal is always to make our customers’ lives easier and happier and remove stress from having to clean an entire home.
We will be back soon with more cleaning tips for our followers!