Cleaning isn’t only about simple aesthetics or utility. For instance, you don’t decide to do the dishes just because you need to use fresh plates. Since you can’t see germs with just your eyes, keeping your home dirt-free becomes more essential to protect your health.
A house full of clutter can have a negative impact on your well-being. Even good personal hygiene isn’t enough to stay healthy – you need to keep your home environment clean, too.
Here are the good effects of maintaining a clean home to your body and mind.
- Moderate allergy and asthma symptoms
When you continue to be diligent with your cleaning routine, you can keep your carpet, bedding and other areas that are damp tidy. This will help you control your allergy and asthma symptoms so that you can live more comfortably.
Dust mites, molds, and pet dander that lurk in your belongings are no joke. They can decrease air quality, trigger allergic reactions, and increase potential asthma problems.
Hire a cleaning service
If you can’t handle dust on your own because it causes your allergies to act up, let a professional cleaning service do the job on your behalf. They not only help you avoid the allergens that come with cleaning but they also get the job done right. Moreover, if you don’t have the luxury of time to clean, a cleaning service will free up your schedule for you.
- Improve safety
Falls are one of the leading causes of injuries in a home. Slipping and tripping over objects scattered around can cause broken and sprained limbs and head injuries.
Any items that block hallways and doorways also serve as fire hazards. Clutter can hasten the spread of fire and deter your ability to escape or get rescued. It’s crucial that you keep your home free from clutter and spills to make it environmentally and physically safer.
- Lower stress and fatigue
If bacteria infect your body, clutter corrupts your mind as disorder and chaos have a great impact on mental stress levels. Arriving at a messy home after a long, stressful day at work gives your eyes no place to rest. Instead of relaxing at your own place, you will be subconsciously reminded of the tasks that you need to get done.
By decluttering often, you can avoid feeling stressed and exhausted. Bear in mind that when you have too much clutter, it will take longer to find the things you need. This can end up increasing your stress levels and your risk for diseases as well.
- Keep pests away
An untidy home is a safe haven for bugs and rodents. These pests get attracted to food debris and liquid spills. Their presence spells trouble as they spread diseases, allergies, bacteria, and germs.
It’s very important to prevent pest infestation for the health of your entire family. You can start with regular cleaning which includes:
- Putting food away inside airtight containers after every meal
- Removing trash daily
- Sweeping and mopping up the floor
- Increase concentration
Living in a cluttered environment affects your ability to focus on the tasks at hand. In a 2011 study published in The Journal of Neuroscience, MRIs and other tools were being used to map the brain’s reaction to clutter. The study found that clutter can affect and limit the brain’s processing ability.
When you’re surrounded by too many things, you’re more distracted and less able to focus – and this is quite true for children who are trying to do homework as well. When you clean, you can avoid distractions by:
- Stashing items out of sight – Outfitted shelves with attractive baskets and bins can hide distractions like reading materials, toys, and craft supplies.
- Purging – Keep clutter down to a minimum by going through drawers, cabinets, and closets once or twice a year to find out what you can recycle, donate, or throw away. If there are too many items or large-sized possessions you don’t use but cannot let go, consider safe storage options instead.
Having a busy schedule is no excuse for not being able to clean your home. After all, you can always book a cleaning session for these demanding times. What’s important is that you find an effective approach to ensure that you get to keep up with your home cleaning.
AUTHOR BIO: Rania Bellos launched Dust Busters Cleaning Services with the help and support of her husband after spending 15 years working in the banking and finance industry in France, Lebanon, and the UAE. She welcomes the daily challenges and exciting opportunities provided by the highly competitive residential and commercial cleaning services market.