Whether we like it or not, house cleaning is a lifelong task. Until someone invents a self-cleaning home, we know it’s a chore we’ll have to repeat again and again. It’s a hard fact we must reconcile that we must do something we repeatedly dislike from now until the end of time. Sound bleak doesn’t it? But what if there was a way to learn to love cleaning?
I’m the type of person who believes in chipping away at the house cleaning work, bit by bit. Instead of letting things get to the point where they are extremely unmanageable, I prefer to clean as I go. This way, nothing ever becomes so disgusting I need to get my hazmat suit out. I’ve found it’s the only way to avoid chaos and filth.
But I realize not everyone sees it that way nor do they love the idea that even though they just checked off Laundry from their to-do-list, by nights end more laundry will have reappeared.
How To Learn To Love Cleaning
One of the easiest ways to learn to love cleaning is by changing your perspective on the task at hand. And one of the ways you can accomplish changing your perspective is by focusing on how cleaning benefits you. So I’ve come up with 8 reasons you can embrace that when looked at with the right attitude will have you loving to clean.
Gives You A Sense of Accomplishment
The great news about most cleaning tasks is that when you’re done cleaning the bathroom, you can take a step back and revel in your undertaking. You can see how your hard work and diligence to get the job done has paid off. Being able to see the results of your work is an important point because not all jobs we venture to complete provide us a visual representation of our performance.
That sense of achievement can spill over into other areas of our lives. When we set out to complete a household chore with success, we gain confidence we can succeed and take on other challenges. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to teach your children to clean up because it provides the same benefits of accomplishment for them as it does you. Teaching yourself to learn to love to cleaning will not only benefit you but your kids too!
It Provides A Sense of Control
This is something I realized very early on, that a clean home provides a sense of control in an otherwise out of control world. My clean home provides that safe sanctuary from the chaos of the outside world and that in turn brings me comfort.
The act of cleaning alone helps people feel more in control over their environment when they feel a lack of control in other areas of their lives. When you think about it, it makes perfect sense. We can create control and order in our homes and keep the outside upheaval of the world away from our haven.
It Calms The Mind
Cleaning can actually make you feel more at peace. When I started my cleaning business 15 years ago, I was very stressed and worried about losing my job and keeping a roof over my family’s head. I found cleaning to be very therapeutic. It provided an opportunity for me to be busy and gave me time to clear my head and think. To this day I still get those feelings when I clean.
I like to clean on the weekends so that I have a tidy environment for my days off and so I can start the week off organized. No matter when you decide to tackle housekeeping chores, you’ll find it provides you with the same sense of calmness to your mind.
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It Reduces Stress
Cleaning can be a very mindless activity. It, therefore, takes the pressures off of work and everyday life. Often when people feel stressed, engaging in cleaning activities is a way to reduce the anxiety they feel. In the end you not only have a clean home but you’re calm and less anxious and this could be one of the best reasons to learn to love cleaning.
Cleaning is Meditative
When you perform a cleaning chore, you repeat the same process over and over again. You have it down to a science. And because it’s repetitive, it’s meditative too.
The fact is we live in a fast-paced, work centered existence and the mindlessness of cleaning has big advantages. Many people, myself included who love to clean, realize that cleaning is a relaxing activity. Done with or without music, cleaning allows your brain to take a break from the thoughts of everyday life.
It’s A Reflection Of Your Self Worth
The shocking truth is clutter and filth can have a detrimental effect on someone’s mental health. All you need to do is look at shows like Hoarders to realize the emotional and psychological toll clutter has taken on someone’s life.
But what you might not realize is it can also be an indicator of how you’re feeling about yourself. When you don’t feel good about yourself, it shows up in how your environment looks. The worse you feel, the more chaotic the environment becomes and vice versa. Cleaning or a lack their of then becomes how you choose to signal to the world how you feel about yourself.
It’s A Mood Booster
Because cleaning can provide a seriously good workout, it also releases all those feel-good chemicals in the brain and thus boosts your mood. In addition to heightened mood, cleaning also reduces stress and anxiety. When I read the data on this, I little light bulb went off in my head, and I finally understood that my love of cleaning wasn’t just about a clean home but the results of how it made me feel. It totally made sense. So if you struggle with a little anxiety and stress, learn to love cleaning and pick up that mop and go to town!
It’s A Reflection On How You Take Care of Yourself
Now don’t get pissed and send me a nasty email for what I’m about to say because the data proves it.
A huge stack of dirty dishes and a big ole pile of laundry is indicative of how you’re managing your life. When you fail at one aspect, it usually means you’re failing in other areas as well. Whether or not you want to believe this statement, deep down you know it’s true.
Managing your home and all the simple daily tasks it takes to keep your house looking presentable helps you in other areas of your life.
I have this little saying that goes, ‘How you do money is how you do everything.’ Well, the same can be said for your household chores too! I see it all the time with people whose finances are tied up in a mess. Typically their homes are falling apart at the seams too. So, if you want to start gaining some control embrace these eight ideas and start cleaning. Soon you’ll learn to love cleaning and realize all the great benefits tidying provides for you!
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