Hardly anything makes you happier than a fresh-smelling, clean, tidy home. But did you know that cleaning has many more benefits for your body and your mind?
A tidy life pays off. These are 7 things that happen to your body and mind when you're soaking and mopping.
YOU SLEEP BETTER
The National Sleep Foundation found that 75 percent (!) of people sleep better in a clean, freshly made bed. A cleanly made bed emphasizes the feeling of relaxation and comfort. Because of that comfortable feeling you make serotonin and that ensures that you can sleep peacefully.
YOU BECOME HAPPIER
People with a messy house have more stress in their daily lives. That's because visual chaos compensates for the natural decline in the stress hormone cortisol — which normally happens at the end of the day. Coming home in chaos makes you unhappy.
YOU FEEL MORE LIKE EXERCISING
Sounds crazy, but if you think about it, it makes sense. If you consistently keep up with cleaning and tidying up instead of waiting for it to explode, you'll have more time to exercise. In addition, household and sports are motivated by the same characteristic features: the desire for endorphins, self-regulation and a mindset to achieve future goals. The Indiana University orphaned in an investigation before a fit body to a tidy house.
YOUR SOCIAL LIFE IS FLOURISHING
It is often difficult to find time or a place to see friends. Then it's handy that you can receive friends at home at any time without having to go through your house with a vacuum cleaner. Hosting people at home also creates an intimate atmosphere - which is good for your overall well-being. Moreover, that social component becomes the older you get, the more important.
YOUR CREATIVITY INCREASES
Forget everything they say about chaos and creativity: in a tidy environment there is more room for creative energy to flow. A lot of junk around you shifts your focus, making it difficult for you to concentrate and reducing your responsiveness. Make room in your house and your brain will follow naturally.
YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH IMPROVES
Do you often have a cold or suffer from allergies? An uncleaned house could be the culprit. Regular cleaning ensures that bacteria, viruses, pollen and dust have much less chance. Just think of all those dust mites that like to settle in your pillows, mattress and carpet and you probably feel like vacuuming right away.
YOU BECOME MORE AWARE OF YOUR POSSESSIONS
Regularly polishing your furniture and accessories simply ensures that they remain beautiful for much longer and therefore need to be replaced less quickly. This way you will naturally care more about your stuff. And besides: that is also a nice thought in case you ever put your house up for sale.