I like my house to be spotless, yet I am a terrible housekeeper. That juxtaposition has provided me with much insight over the years. Here’s why I believe keeping your house clean is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family.
Improves Mental Health and Well-Being
Let’s face it – there’s just not enough time in the day to do everything we’d like. By the time dinner is over and homework is done, we don’t always feel like doing those dishes. So we don’t. But when we get up in the morning, walking into a kitchen filled with dirty dishes, messy countertops and a greasy stove can condemn us to a day of doom and gloom. On the other hand, if the kitchen is sparkling and clean, it can help us conquer our morning stress and propel us into a good, productive day.
Helps Ensure a Good Night’s Sleep
A lot of people don’t bother with making their bed each day. And that’s understandable. It’s just going to get messed up all over again, right? But think about how good it feels to slip into a freshly made bed with taut sheets and fluffed pillows. In fact, scientific studies have shown that keeping your bedroom neat and your bed made can actually lead to a better night’s sleep.
When my house is a mess I don’t want anyone to see it. I avoid inviting people over. If the doorbell rings, I meet the visitor on the porch, closing the door behind me. It’s a wonder what my neighbors must think of me at those times! The fact is, having a messy house makes us unsociable. And that can lead to depression and irritability.
Yep, that’s right. Keeping a clean house can actually save you time! How often have you had to page through the same stack of mail multiple times to find what you’re looking for because you haven’t sorted it yet? Have you ever spent 30 minutes trying to find something to wear because all your clothes that fit are in a neglected pile of dirty laundry?
Protects Your Investment
In addition to all the mental and physical health benefits a clean house can provide, it can save you money as well.
Carpets that aren’t regularly vacuumed, for example, collect sand and dirt that can actually wear out your carpet prematurely. Tile grout that has not been scrubbed regularly can become so dirty and stained that it has to be chiseled out and replaced.
If you’re like me and just can’t seem to motivate yourself to clean regularly, you may want to hire a housekeeper. I consider it to be one of the best investments I have ever made, both for myself and my family.