Is Cleaning Good For Your Mental Health?
Many of us have a love-hate relationship with cleaning. It feels great when it’s done but the idea of spending time cleaning seems torturous at times. Finding the motivation to clean can be hard but there are genuine benefits that arise from tidying which you should be aware of. Today, we’ll look at some of the reasons that cleaning can be therapeutic and how you can make tidying your home more relaxed and enjoyable.
The simple and short and answer to this common question is YES. Countless studies from universities all over the world have shown time and time again that cleaning can relieve stress and even alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression in some individuals.
Why Does Cleaning Make You Feel Better?
The therapeutic feeling we get from cleaning comes down to a few important factors and we don’t all experience it equally. When some individuals are surrounded by a cluttered or untidy area, the visual cortex becomes overwhelmed which makes it hard to focus on tasks and complete them to a high standard. To others, a tidy environment simply improves positivity and general attitude, which in turn makes tasks easier or enjoyable to complete.
How To Slow Down Your Cleaning Routine
The best way to slow down your cleaning routine is to address any problems you currently face when tidying. If you feel like you’re always rushing around, cleaning last-minute, or simply putting off tidying for as long as possible, you’re likely doing it because of one (or more) of the following reasons.
1. You Feel Like You Don’t Have Enough Time
If you feel like you’re too busy and never have enough time to tidy, you’re not alone. The idea of cleaning an entire room (nevermind a house or apartment) can seem completely debilitating if you’re in the wrong mindset. But if you keep putting it off, it’ll only get worse, placing you in a negative cycle you really don’t want to be part of.
The solution here requires making the cleaning process a gradual one. Give yourself a time limit in which you should clean a little bit of the house every day. At most spend 30-45 minutes tidying but if you don’t have that amount of time, this could be reduced to 10-15 minutes instead. You don’t have to stick to one area either. You might choose to do all the dusting around the house one day, then clean windows and glass units with steam cleaners on another day, or vacuum all the floors. This systematic cleaning method makes larger tasks more manageable and gives you a daily sense of achievement which helps make cleaning enjoyable.
2. You Feel Like There Is Too Much Clutter To Tidy
This is yet another problem we all face from time to time. Over time we collect items that we need or want at that moment but often hold on to them for too long. It might be old clothes you haven’t worn in years, or maybe a stash of birthday cards you’ve collated over the years, maybe it’s even larger items like furniture or tech you’ve been given but has no intention of ever using.
Thankfully tackling this problem is a slow and easy process. You’ll want to sort through these items, making a designated pile or space for items you want to keep and those you no longer need. Knowing when to let go of a once-loved item can be challenging but it’s a necessary step to achieve a clutter-free and organized home. It’s important to stay vigilant and strict with yourself as it’s too easy to just hold on to unused items you don’t actually need. But you don’t have to throw away items if they’re in good condition or unused, donate these to charity shops or sell them online.
3. You Don’t Remember How Good It Feels To Be Clutter-Free
Ultimately, this point is the purpose of this article. We sometimes forget how good it feels to have a clean, uncluttered living space. After tidying your house, it will inevitably get dirtier and slightly cluttered because you’re living there and that’s just how things work.
To savor the therapeutic feeling of a clean home, try your best to stay on top of the tidying. That means making a little extra effort to clean as you go, dust when you see it gathering, use mops when you notice dirt on the floor, and get the most out of your handheld vacuum cleaner whenever you have a free afternoon. To find some motivation, take photos of your home when you next give it a really thoroughly clean and surround yourself with books, articles, or Instagram pages of clean homes. This helps keep your home looking good and will help you feel good too.