How a Cleaning Can Lift Your Spirits

  • How to Clean to Lift Your Spirits

There’s a lot of bad news out there right now. Fortunately, your home can be an oasis of brightness in a gloomy sea — offering respite, protection, and healing vibes, right you need them most. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up, did you know that cleaning your home is a proven way to lift your spirits? 

In fact, a growing body of research has shown that living in a clean, organized space is a powerful way to give your mind and body a healthy boost. Curious about just how much of a difference a clean space can make? From studies and our own firsthand experiences, we know that a clean home can… 

Relieve Stress

Over the years, numerous surveys and studies have found that having a dirty or cluttered home was a major source of stress for the vast majority of people. One study puts the number of people stressed about their messy home as high as 84 percent! 

When you take time to clean your space from top to bottom — or get professional help from an experienced cleaning team — you can scratch that huge source of stress off your list. This gives you the space and freedom you need to refocus on the things that actually bring you joy — or invest in other stress-alleviating steps, like bringing in beautifully scented essential oils, heading back into your home gym, or simply going for a restorative walk around your neighborhood. 

Inspire You Make Healthier Choices

A prominent study of nearly 1000 Americans found that people with the cleanest homes were also the healthiest and most physically active overall. In fact, research suggests that:

“encouraging people to maintain their home’s cleanliness may be even more important to their overall health than the walkability of the neighborhood they live in.”

Part of the reason why? Well, additional research also suggests that those who spend time in cleaner environments tend to adopt more wholesome and healthy lifestyle habits than those in chaotic or messy spaces. For instance, one study found that people ate healthier when served in a clean, organized kitchen, compared to those who had their meals in a messy or disordered kitchen. 

Help You Focus and Get Centered

The act of cleaning itself can be incredibly relaxing and therapeutic. The repetitive motions of sweeping a floor or wiping down a countertop can be grounding and meditative in their own right. In one study, people who were anxious about speaking in public “ran a cleaning cloth over an object more times than those who were not anxious” — leading researchers to conclude that the process of cleaning “can be a cognitive mechanism that can help people deal with anxiety.”

At the same time, really engaging with cleaning gives you the chance to observe and connect with your environment — a practice known as mindfulness, which has shown to offer countless positive health benefits. And at the end of your cleaning regimen, you can sit back and be grateful for your clean space. Practicing gratitude is a positive habit as well, whiich has been shown to help promote happy feelings and lead to stronger relationships.

Empower You to Be Your Most Productive

Does your “work from home” setup have you wishing for time in the office? Cleaning your workspace could empower you to be more productive and feel more inspired getting the job. 

A groundbreaking study from Harvard University, for instance, suggests that people are more willing to work on difficult or lengthy tasks when in a clean and orderly space. 

At the same time, having things organized, clean, and tidy can help you cut down on distractions and get more done. One study shows that untidy workplaces may lose up to $2.5 million a year from lost productivity – all due to the time employees are forced to waste searching through messy work environments for documents or files. 

Give You Confidence and Lift Your Self-Esteem

Feeling nervous that people may judge you for your unclean space? You’re not alone. Many people feel self-conscious about the state of their home. 

Over time, self-consciousness can “become a tremendous source of angst and unhappiness” as Jim Taylor, Ph.D, explains in Psychology Today.  This focus on doing something wrong can “create a preoccupation with how we appear to others, what others think of us, and, often, can cause social anxiety and an inhibition of behavior that we fear others might judge to be less than desirable.”

In other words? Plenty of people shy away from meeting new people or doing things they might enjoy, because they worry about things like how clean their home is! With a regular cleaning on the books, you can rest assured that your space will always be clean and presentable, so that you can feel good about yourself. 

Help You Feel Safe

At the end of 2019, very few of us might have predicted that we would spend most of 2020 indoors due to a global pandemic. These are frightening and unpredictable times — but a clean home can be a sanctuary, helping you feel better while also empowering your family to live more safely. 

As Darby Saxbe, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Southern California explains: 

“[Cleaning] gives people a sense of mastery and control over their environment… Life is full of uncertainty and many situations are out of our hands, but at least we can assert our will on our living space.”

At the same time, regularly sanitizing your surfaces and taking additional protective measures can give your family a proven level of protection against threats like coronavirus — as well as allergens, the flu, and potential future pathogens. 

Free Up Time for the Things That Truly Matter Most

One of the most frustrating and draining things about cleaning? It can take a long time, especially when it feels like you’re starting from square one. When you’d rather rest, relax, or spend rejuvenating time sitting down with your loved ones, it’s easy for cleaning to be the last thing on your mind… until it’s too late. 

Fortunately, you don’t have to get everything done at once. Research suggests that even small steps like making your bed or washing the dishes can give you a more productive and focused mindset, allowing you to move forward with the rest of your to-do list with confidence and energy. And once all those little things are off the list? Well, then you have time to hit the road, catch up on a show, or spend time with the people who matter most.

Ready to Experience the Benefits of a Clean Home for Yourself? That’s Where We Come In

You deserve a space that empowers you to be your best. Where your troubles and worries can simply melt away. Where you have more time to spend on the things you love. 

We’re here to deliver the clean, rejuvenating home you’ve always dreamed about. At Sweeping Dimensions, we always make a sweeping effort to make life less stressful. We’ll take care of the dirty work, so you can focus on making the most of your time at home.

With a professionally trained and uniformed staff, all of our cleanings are fully customizable to meet your unique needs. We bring all of the cleaning supplies and equipment needed to clean your home, with a focus on green, environmentally sound cleaning products. 

Ready to regain peace of mind during quarantine? We are always updating our arsenal of cleaning products to keep up with coronavirus and other emerging pathogens. We proudly offer non-bleach, environmentally friendly disinfectants that are safe for household use, so you can rest assured that your home will be securely sanitized from top to bottom. 

We’re so confident that you’ll love our service that we offer the Sweeping Dimensions guarantee! If our cleaning services should ever fail to meet your expectations, you can call us within 24 hours of your cleaning and we will send out a supervised crew to correct anything that needs attention.

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Ready to get centered and grounded? We have the services you need. Get in touch today for your free service estimate!

2020-11-06T13:00:51+00:00 November 16th, 2020|Residential Cleaning|