Feeling a bit stressed at the moment? We get it — and we’re here to help!
If you’re trying to balance a job, family commitments, and your social life, while also hoping to travel, unwind, and make the most of your down time, then it’s easy for life to start to feel like a real whirlwind!
Here at Sweeping Dimensions, we know how stressful the day-to-day can become. Trying to keep a clean and tidy house on top of all of that the day brings? Well, sometimes it feels like it’s just out of the question.
But what if we told you that there are definite links that show a clean home can reduce stress levels and relieve anxiety? Would that motivate you to start tackling the clutter, ditching the dust, and scrubbing your surfaces?
Well, it’s true! If you’re looking to lower your stress levels and start really enjoying your time at home, a deep cleaning is a great place to start. Here’s why…
The Science Is Clear: The Links Between Cleanliness and Stress Relief
What are the benefits of a clean home — and can having a sanitary space really make that much of a difference?
Well, let’s put it like this… Picture coming home to a space that’s been freshly swept and mopped, with clean counters and a fresh-smelling bathroom. Everything is in order and no clutter is lying around and taking up space. Feels good in your vision, right?
Well, as it turns out, that positive feeling has a some real foundations in science.
In other words? If you think your messy, cluttered house is making only you go nuts — think again. For instance, studies have shown that being around an unclean space, one that could be described as “cluttered” or “unfinished,” correlates directly to higher levels of stress and “adverse health outcomes.” In contrast, those who could describe their homes as “restful” experience less stress, and report feeling fewer symptoms of depression.
What’s more, it’s not just coming home to a clean space, but also the act of cleaning itself that can actually alleviate anxiety and help you stay less stressed. For instance? The repetitive motion and clear-cut goal associated with mopping a floor or wiping a counter can have similar effects to meditation. The act itself can feel like a major relief, and lead to higher satisfaction and lower stress levels. Here’s how evolutionary anthropologist Martin Lang sums it up:
“If there is order to the house or environment… we may feel safe and like we can move in the space.”
When we feel safer, even subconsciously, it’s naturally easier to relax, unwind, and start to feel like our homes are restorative, instead of energy draining.
Helpful Cleaning Tactics to Keep Stress at Bay
So, what can you do if you’re looking to keep your home clean — and make your stress a distant memory? Here are a few ideas that might help
1.) Keep Up with a Regular Routine
Science has shown that those who adopt a regular cleaning habit — perhaps as simple as making the bed in the morning — experience greater productivity and fewer negative mental health effects. With that in mind, make cleaning a routine act of self-care, and it will feel like a restorative, stress-relieving habit, instead of a chore. Keeping up with regular cleaning duties — like sweeping and mopping floors, keeping surfaces and mirrors clean, regularly dusting shelves, and making sure dishes and laundry are not piling up — can make a huge difference for how you feel, day-to-day.
And don’t feel stressed about not staying in the routine perfectly! Nobody is judging you. Just continue with upkeep as best you can, set an intention for how you can tackle each area in the most efficient way, and you’ll be off to a great start.
2.) Practice Putting Things Away (and Keeping Them Away)
As the days get busier and stress mounts, it’s easy to feel tired and unmotivated to put things away in their proper place. Tossing stuff haphazardly around the house (or on that designated chair) is a normal thing to do. But what if you put in a bit of extra work?
Well, studies show that putting things away right after you use them can help keep your home organized and clutter-free, further benefiting your well-being. For instance? To go back to the bedroom, studies have shown that those who make their bed first thing report getting significantly better sleep than those who don’t. In other words? Little changes and habits can add up to a pretty enormous difference.
3.) Get Centered Before You Attempt a Cleaning
It may sound simplistic, but studies show the immense importance of a maintaining a regular meditation practice to help keep you balanced and clear-headed. Starting your day with even just 10 minutes of mindful breathing and a ritual focused on helping you get centered can carry you into the day with a better mindset and, what’s more, might potentially make it less intimidating to go after the tasks you’d normally write off as “too stressful.”
4.) Make Cleaning Fun
Who says cleaning has to be a chore? To experience even greater levels of stress relief, find ways to make your routine cleaning habits into a fun, relaxing activity. Blast your favorite music, bring over friends, turn your tasks into games – there’s no shortage of creative, fun ways to make cleaning feel better. Or, how about cleaning now — so that the next thing on your list can be adding new decor touches, or decking out your space with soothing, spa-like amenities?
5.) Hire the Professionals!
Sometimes, the best way to tackle your cleaning to-do list — and make things a whole lot less stressful — is to bring an experienced, professional cleaning service.
A professional cleaner can help save you plenty of time and effort, giving you back precious time to relax and enjoy the things in life that truly matter to you — with less stress along the way.
Looking to keep your home clean and cut down on your stress levels? Sweeping Dimensions would love to step in and help! At SDCS, we always make a sweeping effort to make life less stressful.
We’re always flexible, and we can make sure that our work fits into your busy schedule, no hassle necessary. Our professionally trained and uniformed teams will bring all of the supplies necessary to clean your home, with an emphasis on green, environmentally-friendly cleaning products.