Tidying up doesn’t only affect the state of your home, it also positively affects your health. According to a study conducted in 998 Americans aged 49 to 65, those people with the cleanest houses are also the healthiest and most active.
Among the many amazing benefits of a clean home to one’s physical and mental health include the following:
It reduces allergy symptoms.
Because a clean home is often free from dust, pet dander, and other potential allergens, it can reduce or further eliminate your allergy symptoms and asthma. It can also safeguard your home from the potential hazards of indoor pollution.
Symptoms like itchy eyes, wheezing, and runny nose are often attributed by people to allergies. But in reality, an unclean house is the one to blame. With the right dusting and cleaning practices, there’s no way the allergens can bother you.
It relieves stress and fatigue.
Performing cleaning tasks at home may not just improve your home’s cleanliness, but your mental health too. According to a Scottish Health Survey, at least 20 minutes of housework such as cleaning can reduce stress and anxiety by 20%.
Likewise, a clean and fresh-smelling home is known to reduce stress and leave a positive impression on people. Besides doing cleaning activities, use your favorite scents at home to help you de-stress even faster after a day’s work.
It promotes happy emotions.
According to a 2010 study from the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, women who describe their homes as less cluttered are happier. On the contrary, women with stressful-looking homes are more likely to have depressed moods.
Whenever you finish a certain cleanup activity, you unknowingly experience pride and happiness. Having accomplished a certain task such as cleaning can make you feel productive and useful which then leads to a sense of achievement.
It protects you from injuries.
With less clutter, there are fewer hazards that can endanger your health and safety. With fewer hazards, there will also be lesser risks for injuries. If your home is clean and tidy, there will be less falls, fires, deaths, and other injuries in your home.
According to Gary Bettenhausen of the Oak Lawn Fire Department, slick surfaces, clutter, and the like often cause head injuries, broken limbs, house fires, and a trip to the hospital ER. I must say, a clean and tidy home equals a safe home.
It encourages healthy sleep.
Want an easier way to doze off each night in bed? Try tidying up your bedroom. More than that, practice making your bed daily. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), the bedroom environment greatly affects the quality of sleep.
Based on the NSF’s survey results, clean and fresh sheets excite 78% of the respondents to go to sleep. Not only that, bedding sheets with a clean and fresh scent also resulted in a more comfortable night’s sleep, and an earlier bed time.May the above health benefits convince you to pursue a clean and tidy home. Remember, the first beneficiary is you. As to the question, “how clean?,” take the example of Robyn Griggs Lawrence, an author, and expert on simple living techniques, “Our house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy.”