I was contemplating today the reasons WHY we should have a clean house. Is it really that big of a deal? How important is it, actually? If we are ok with dirty dishes, clutter, piles of laundry and a ring around the toilet then why should we even bother with trying to establish habits that will keep our house clean and tidy? If I am not a natural clean freak then what is the harm in just being a bit on the messy side?
It is hard to commit to doing something if you really have no reason in your own mind for doing it. If I told you it was very important for you to put your finger on your nose for five minutes every single day, you would have a hard time doing it not knowing why on earth you should do that!
I have my own reasons for having a clean house. For me, I know that my home represents me and shows a lot of how my mind works and I guess I am just a bit vain and want my house to show the best me. I have a hard time focusing amidst untidiness. I feel very on edge and irritable with too much stuff out-of-place. I can’t have peace in my soul with dishes in the sink. I get really out of sorts when I can not find things so that is pretty motivating as well! Part of that is my character and a lot of it is human nature. Our minds don’t function well in disorder.
But beyond just character and human nature, there are very real reasons we should be clean and tidy.
Your health and the health of your children are one of the biggest reasons you should commit to developing the habit of a self-cleaning house.
An unclean refrigerator, an overflowing trash can, unwashed dishes in the sink, food left out or food particles on the counter or stove all are a breeding ground for disease and bacteria. Mmmmm….. dinner with a side of E. coli, salmonella and campylobacter!
Food left out, chips or popcorn on the floor or in the couch, pizza boxes left on the coffee table all are invitations for little critters to come dine and poop and make themselves at home in a cupboard. Critters are known for spreading disease.
Dirty ovens are a fire hazard and the smoke they emit every time they are turned on is harmful to your lungs.
Without regular vacuuming and dusting, you are exposing yourself to dust mites, pet dander, and mold that cause or make allergies worse.
Unclean bed sheets can hold bacteria and also mites and dander that cause a number of health conditions. The house we lived in when my kids were growing up was older and had a spider problem. Making the beds daily prevented spider bites. In other words, it kept the spiders from getting into our beds! Talk about motivation to make your bed every day!
The bathroom…… ewwwww. Let’s be honest. Bathrooms are the worst. If not cleaned regularly they WILL have bacteria and parasites such as worms, E. coli, and Staphylococcus. Every time you flush the toilet bacteria and germs are dispersed through the air. (Reason number 173,593 why I always close the lid first, but even then…) The warmth and humidity from baths and showers make it a breeding ground for mold. Even the cleanest bathroom is going to have some of this nastiness in it but imagine when it is not clean! Shudder!!!
General clutter and untidiness lead to more dust that can make allergies and asthma worse. Clutter can cause accidents and falls. I am pretty sure I have broken a toe at least five times and clutter or things like not pushing a chair back in are to blame. I left the vacuum cleaner out once and my baby toe was a victim. Clutter on the floor could prevent a First Responder from getting to you in case of a fire or other disaster. My children are still terrified of this apparently… I didn’t mean to scar them, just make them clean their rooms!
Research shows a link to cluttered and dirty homes to obesity and also laziness because of the mental impact disarray and uncleanness has. A messy home can actually contribute to depression! The act of cleaning your home and then enjoying a clean home has been proven to reduce stress!! With so much unrest and chaos in the world, your home should be a clean and peaceful place to be.
So there you have it! The WHY! The reasons for establishing self-cleaning house habits.
*Prevent pest problems
*Mental health, clarity, and peace
If that’s not a motivator, I don’t know what is.
Now, I am going to go clean the bathroom, AGAIN!