Whether you’re someone who deals with anxiety and depression or not, clutter, dirt, and mess can have a negative affect on your mood and lead to feelings of heightened depression. Leading psychological research has correlated clutter with stress and anxiety and discovered that housekeeping has a positive benefit on your mental health. In fact, researchers at Clorox polled 2,000 people and found that every hour of cleaning you do each week is associated with a 53% boost in overall happiness. The survey found people who actually enjoy cleaning are also 25% happier overall.
Don’t know where to begin? Make your bed! Making your bed is one of the easiest ways to start your day off on the right foot and have your surroundings cleared, improving your overall mood and outlook on the rest of the day.
And I’m sure you’ve heard about exercise working to improve your mental health -- and guess what? The physical activity of cleaning is absolutely a way of working out. All the bending, scrubbing, dusting, and sweeping gets your body moving and helps produce endorphins, reduce stress levels, and improves your ability to sleep. Better sleep. Better mood.
The idea of a clean home meaning better mental health shouldn’t be a secret you keep to yourself. Be sure to share the benefits of a less cluttered, cleaner home with the rest of your fam. Better physical health, improved mental health, and a cleaner, healthier environment makes for a happy, loving home.