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There’s no doubt about it, a clean house is essential for a happy and healthy headspace.
Studies have shown that a direct connection exists between your living environment and your mental state time and time again. So when research supports the importance of a neat and tidy home, there’s no good reason not to keep yours clean; especially that messy bedroom.
Of course, it’s easier said than done.
We live in such a fast-paced world that the cleanliness of our homes is often an afterthought. The bigger your family is, the more of a mess you have to deal with.
But when the benefits of a clean bedroom and home outweigh the negatives, it’s worth it to make the effort.
A clean living space can help us feel better, accomplish more, and maintain a healthier lifestyle. With just a few tips and tricks (and family participation), it’s easy to get into the habit of keeping your surroundings tidy.
And once you see how much a clean bedroom improves your daily life, you won’t want to go back.
A messy bedroom may not be the number one source of your day-to-day stress – if it is, then feel free to take some of my problems – but it certainly doesn’t help alleviate anxiety.
When you come home after a long day at work and your room looks like a tornado just blew through, it makes it hard to relax and clear your mind.
In fact, a cluttered bedroom can negatively impact your ability to get a good night’s sleep.
If you don’t feel like you’re getting the rest you need, consider cleaning your bedroom before reaching for those sleeping pills.
Some people wonder, “How do you clean a messy bedroom?” It all starts with a clean place to sleep.
According to a National Sleep Foundation study, 75% of participants reported sleeping better on clean sheets and those who made their bed every morning were more likely to sleep through the night and wake up rested.
An easy fix for your sleep woes may be as simple as keeping your bedroom clean and in order. It looks like mom may have been on to something. Who would’ve thought?
A clean bedroom and home can make you feel more focused and organized, which helps with your sense of accomplishment.
A 2011 Princeton study found that excessive visual stimuli in a room, like unnecessary objects, compete for your attention. As a result, they found that participant’s ability to focus was compromised, making them less productive.
Having a messy bedroom also gives off chaotic energy which can transfer to other areas of your life.
When this happens, it may negatively impact things like your work or personal relationships. Instead, a non-chaotic, orderly environment helps you feel in control of your life because you’re in control of your surroundings.
Your living space reflects who you are as a person, so if it is well-organized, then you’re more likely to have your life together.
A clean home can also help save you time and money. Now you won’t waste time running around looking for your keys or buying an extra pint of milk because you didn’t see the old one behind all the half-empty take-out boxes.
One problem with having a messy bedroom is that it can create potentially dangerous conditions.
Clutter and trash piled up around the house can be a fire hazard, black mold in the walls could pose serious health risks, and left out food can lead to bug infestations.
If you’ve been sneezing and sniffling recently, it could be time to check off you spring cleaning checklist.
Make sure to check any and all air vents. Dust and mold can get in your heating and cooling ducts, contaminating the air you breathe on a daily basis.
And if you have pets, their hair and dander can build up in carpets and on furniture, making allergies worse. Make sure to vacuum and dust throughout the entire house.
If you have little ones running around, a messy house means more opportunity for injuries to occur. Coins or batteries left on a table become a dangerous choking hazard, while toys scattered across the floor are accidents waiting to happen.
Keeping your home clean creates a safer space for you and your family – a clean house is a happy house.
According to a University of Indiana study, a clean house may even have long-term health benefits.
In the study, researchers looked at around 1,000 people between the ages of 49 and 65, the demographic with the greatest risk of heart disease. They found that an organized living environment was the best indicator of good physical fitness and health.
Cleanliness doesn’t just help your body, it also helps your mind.
A 2010 study found that participants who used words like “cluttered” when asked to describe their home were more likely to be depressed than those who used words like “calm” and “organized.”
Not surprisingly, people who described their homes as messy also tested higher for the stress hormone, cortisol.
There’s also the possibility that we naturally feel healthier and happier in organized environments.
Our bodies are made up of many complex systems, none of which would work if they didn’t keep strict cycles. It’s when these cycles get messed up that our bodies get out of whack and don’t function properly.
That’s why, in addition to keeping your surroundings clean, it’s also important to practice basic self-care.
Remember, eating well, taking vitamins, and exercising regularly are all elements of a healthy lifestyle that help keep your body running smoothly. For an even bigger health boost, jump-start your daily routine by adding some natural alternatives.
Another plus of having a clean bedroom and home is that it creates an environment your family and friends will feel comfortable in.
Think of the times you’ve gone over to someone’s house and it’s such a mess you can barely find a spot on the couch and there are more dishes in the sink than in the cupboard.
If you’re an adult, there’s no excuse for living in a place that looks like it came straight out of Animal House.
To all the single guys out there: your friends may not care about those two-week-old pizza boxes stacked up on the coffee table, but functioning adults do.
Because your bedroom and home are a reflection of who you are, wouldn’t you want them to make a good impression?
You may be a wonderful, caring, kind person but if your date feels like they need to wear a hazmat suit to use your bathroom, you’re definitely going to lose a few brownie points. Keeping a clean bedroom isn’t just for your own self-respect, it’s also out of courtesy to others.
Hopefully, if you needed a little inspiration for cleaning up your home, these five benefits will get you going. No one’s perfect, and it may take a little practice at first, but a clean bedroom and home are easier to achieve than you may think.
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