Cleaning for a Better Mood

Your house is messy, and you feel miserable. Believe it or not, research has shown it’s common to feel this way.

According to a National Sleep Foundation survey, roughly 75 percent of people sleep better when they have clean sheets. Additionally, individuals who live in clean homes are generally healthier than their counterparts living in clutter, according to research conducted at Indiana University.

Effects of living in a messy, cluttered environment are far-reaching. It causes people to feel tired and depressed.

Messiness makes it a struggle to focus on the task at hand. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, depression can cause clutter, too.

If you’ve lived in a messy home for years, you may not know how to clean it up. Try these tips to get started.

  1. Take It Slow. You may want to clean your entire home at once, but you can’t! Start in one room or in the corner of one room.
  2. Box It Up. Think you can’t live without a pile of items stacked in your living room? Box them up and put them in a hidden area. If you don’t use them in a year, toss the box.
  3. Don’t Overuse Storage. Cabinets and shelves are built for storage — not hoarding. If your shelves are bowing from the weight of what they’re holding, only keep what you use.