I admit, I’m a little bit a clean freak. My house remains in pretty pristine shape, as I follow a cleaning routine and it makes the upkeep very easy. Plus, I actually kind of like cleaning. It’s satisfying.
But, not everyone is weird and enjoys cleaning like me, so you might be someone who wishes there was an easier way to get the cleaning done. Unfortunately, that’s not what I’m writing about today. As far as I know (unless you want to hire a maid or cleaner) manual labor is pretty much the only way you’re gonna get your house spic and span.
What I can tell you, though, is there are some very real benefits of having a clean home. Hopefully these 6 benefits of having a clean home will kick your motivation into gear!
1) Exercise (ish)
Spending 20 or 30 minutes cleaning your house each day is a good way to get your blood moving! I’m sure a lot of us are a little too busy to get to the gym, but lugging around a vacuum and scrubbing the shower is exercise, too— right?
2) No-Guilt downtime!
I cannot let myself sit down to relax or open up a book and start reading if my house is messy! It just makes it impossible to relax. Instead, I usually do my cleaning right when I get home, so if I do want to use my spare time for something enjoyable that evening I won’t feel guilty looking at all the clutter and messes around.
3) More company
Keeping your house clean means that you are more ready for unexpected situations, like a friend coming in town! You won’t ever have to worry about a rush cleaning session, or your friends (more likely family members in my case ;)) judging you for a messy house.
4) Better immune health
This might seem obvious to you, but a lot of people seem to forget about it. Dust, mold, bacteria, etc can cause health problems like allergies or even asthma. Cleaning your house regularly will help your family stay feeling good and healthy!
5) Less maintenance or repairs
Keeping your house clean and tidy, including your furniture and appliances, means you’ll probably end up spending less money and time on maintenance. As a gross example, I have a couple cats and they have their own little bathroom area with a couple litter boxes. That’s easily the grossest part of my house, and the walls and floor sometimes get a little messy, but once a week a make a point to tackle that room from floor to ceiling. Since I do it weekly, it never gets too gross, but if I left that for an extended period of time I would probably end up having to paint that room and steam the carpet. Anticipate those needs, and try to stay ahead of them!
6) Sense of accomplishment
If none of these other points appealed to you, just think how accomplished you’d feel! Any time I take in my tidy house I feel proud that I’m able to keep it looking so good. Everyone is different, since I’m a clean freak my sense of accomplishment might take more effort to achieve than yours (check out these 6 things no one ever cleans but you should!) but even a little bit of work each day can help you feel more productive 🙂
Do you guys like keeping your home spic and span? Why? Share with me in the comments!