There are so many benefits to keeping your home clean, not the least of which is how much it reduces your stress levels. When your house is clean, you know where things are. You feel more refreshed in the morning when you wake up and in the evening when you come home. It makes your life better and more relaxing all the way around. Even the act of cleaning can help to reduce stress.
If you come home and the house is dirty, you will feel that you need to work on getting it clean when you get home. This is not conducive to relaxing after coming home from a long day at work. It can make you feel as if you have two jobs instead of one, and you will find yourself wanting to get away and get yourself some “retail therapy,” which only adds to the mess, or retreating into a bedroom or somewhere just to escape the mess. You will be even more stressed out because you don’t want to deal with it. Of course, there are those who will go ahead and clean up the mess anyway, but feel even more tired because they had to deal with something they didn’t want to deal with.
On the other hand, if you come home to a clean home, coming home can be a pleasure. If things are organized and you know where to find everything, this makes everything from preparing meals to sitting down and watching a movie or reading a book that much easier. You can relax with a nice cup of hot cocoa, knowing where everything you need is, and having it right at your fingertips. You can enjoy a hot bath, knowing that there are plenty of towels right where you need them and not waiting in a laundry basket or worse, on the floor to be washed. All of your bath products are ready to be used at a moment’s notice, and you don’t have to go searching for them just for an opportunity to relax. These are just some of the pleasures of having a clean home.
Cleaning in itself can be a stress reducing activity, because when you are cleaning, you are able to release your frustrations into scrubbing things down. It is a form of physical activity and exercise, making it ideal for those days when you have extra energy because you are so angry with your boss or one of your co-workers that you could spit. It helps to give you a place to release that anger without putting your job in jeopardy. By the time you are done, your house will be sparkling and your frustrations will be exhausted.
In the end, we all want and need our homes to be our sanctuary. We need them to be the place that we can escape from our troubles, but we can’t escape the outside world if the inside world is worse.