The Psychology of Cleanliness and Mental Health

Have you ever noticed that the state of your house impacts the way you feel? If your house is cluttered, then your mind can feel “cluttered” too. If your closet is clean, you can start dressing better because you can now see all the items you own. If your bathroom is dirty, do you feel really clean after a shower?

Your surroundings, especially your home, can have a huge impact on how you feel throughout the day.

Pinterest is filled with pictures of closet organizers, pretty baskets, and storage ideas. The psychology of cleanliness and mental health, explicit or not, is sweeping the nation. No longer are people only dreaming of fancy cars and luxurious vacations, they are also dreaming of personal organizers and built-in bookshelves.

So, why do we yearn for this organization? For one, if you are organized, life gets easier. The time you used to spend looking for keys or finding that permission slip can be put to better use. You do not have to worry about the bills getting paid on time or remembering to send a birthday card.

All of these little tasks can be easily forgotten in an unorganized home, however, and they can build up on your shoulders until you feel like you have the weight of the world on you.
When your house looks good, you start to feel good. When you feel good, this impacts other areas of your life. The growth of your confidence is one of the key benefits.

Another key benefit? Do you ever see someone else and think “how does she get it all done?” Comparing yourself to someone else is rarely a good idea, but one of the reasons other people get more done is often because their home is clean and clutter-free.

Kids need cookies for school tomorrow? No problem because your kitchen is clean, your pantry is stocked, and the cookies sheets are ready to go. Imagine how much longer it would take if you had to clean the counter, wash the cookie sheets, and buy flour.

Whether you are living as a family or not, your home is your haven. It is your job, as well as your spouse’s, to create a peaceful place where family members can grow and thrive. It is very difficult to grow and thrive in chaos.

Think of a flower garden. If a flower bed is full of weeds and under an awning, are your flowers going to get the nutrients they need to thrive? They need space to grow. They need the nutrients that are being stolen by the weeds. They need access to the sun.

If you have kids, keeping a clean home is great because they need a safe space where they can feel calm, where they can play, where they can do homework, and where they can sleep. If their space is cluttered, they will be less likely to be able to focus.

Limiting the number of possessions your child has may help them. Some kids don’t get their room clean because they don’t feel like it, whereas others are too overwhelmed by their possessions to put everything away. This is one example where having less is more. If a child has a room with fewer toys, he or she is not only likely to appreciate them more, but also pick them up more easily. They know where things belong and the room becomes easier to keep clean. Having a clean space and being able to keep it clean on their own will help your child’s confidence grow.

Keeping the house clean is important for your mental health as well. Look around your home. Would you be okay with guests coming over right now? If not, why is this acceptable for you? You are just as important as anyone else. Treat yourself to a clean home.

There are a few little things you can add to your daily routine that will make a huge impact on the cleanliness of your home as well as how it makes you feel.

  • First, make your bed every morning. Instantly your bedroom will look cleaner and cared for. It’s a positive habit that is good for your mind too.
  • Second, open up the curtains or blinds and let the sunlight filter in. This is an instant mood booster, especially in fall and winter!
  • Third, do not go to bed with dishes in your sink. Make sure that your sink is shiny so when you head down in the morning to get some coffee you have a welcoming scene with which to start the day.

In addition to these great tips, use our line of Real Simple products! Your house will smell great, look great, and you can rest assured that it is truly clean and safe.

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