5 Benefits of Keeping a Clean House

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clean houseHaving a clean house is a varying priority to different personality types. But whether you are a clean-freak or total slob, these 5 benefits of keeping a clean house may surprise you.

Its a great workout.

Cleaning can be hard work, but that’s a good thing when you are looking to up your activity level. One hour of heavy duty cleaning can burn over 300 calories! Obviously running the vacuum around wont replace regular visits to the gym, but adding 15 minutes here and there is a great way to keep moving, all while doing something productive.

It’s healthy.

Do you know what accumulates on your surfaces when you don’t clean? Bacteria, dust, mold. These things can irritate allergies and asthma, and can lead to sickness. Its much easier to keep germs at bay when you keep things clean on a regular basis instead of waiting until you need to call a hazmat team in to clean your kitchen.

It saves you money.

When you take care of things, they last longer and you have to replace them less frequently. This is a lesson I am trying to impart to my teenager! Being a good steward of the things we own includes keeping them clean. Whether its something as big as a house or as small as dusting off a knick knack, if its something we care enough to own we should be cleaning it. We live in a throw-away society and have been trained to use things once and throw them away, but I challenge you to take better care of your things and reduce what you are throwing away and replacing.

A clean house = a calm mind.

One of the greatest anti-anxiety measures you can take is keeping your house clean. We all enjoy being in a clean house vs. a messy one, and when things are in order it creates a more peaceful environment. Being intentional in one area of our lives often spills over into other facets, so by keeping a cleaning schedule you might be surprised at what areas you suddenly discover some discipline.

You can have people over.

How many times have you made a mad dash around the house, picking up dirty laundry before someone stopped over? Staying on a regular cleaning schedule means that my house is always about 10 minutes from being company-ready. Its not 100% clean 100% of the time, but it’s never to the point I would be ashamed to have someone stop. Its a lot more enjoyable to have someone over when I am not worrying that they will see a mess hidden in the corner.

I find it easiest to keep my house clean when I have the right cleaning supplies on hand. Check out Grove Collaborative to have natural household items auto shipped to you and get $10 to spend! I get e Cloths and Mrs. Meyer’s products from Grove.

If you want some more cleaning tips, check out my series 31 Days To A Clean House.

Do you keep your house clean? Why or why not?

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2 Responses

  1. It has been a while since we last cleaned and seriously, I felt a little guilty when I first saw this article. You said that without cleaning, dust, mold, and other allergens will accumulate and cause problems to the health. In my case, it will exacerbate my brother’s situation as he already his asthma. It might be best if I call a professional to clean the house.

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Melissa is a former hairstylist of 20 years who has a passion for living a simply creative life. She loves inspiring others to pick up a planner and get their lives organized, to clean out a closet and minimize their clutter, and to clean up their physical and mental space to lead their most fulfilled life. She is a wife, mom, and crazy dog lady who constantly rewatches The Office.

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