9 Reasons To Keep Your Home Clean
Why You Should Keep Your Home Clean And Tidy
Sometimes keeping your home clean can seem overwhelming. It’s easy to look around and feel overwhelmed by the mess. Every once and a while we just need a reminder as to why we do this in the first place.
That is what I want to do for you today. I want to give you all of the amazing reasons you should be taking care of your home. These ideas will give you a nudge towards keeping a tidy home.
But first, let’s chat about the expectation to have a perfect home. I want to motivate you to keep your house clean, but I don’t want you, for one second, to think my house is always clean.
Even as I write this I’m starring at a very cluttered coffee table, my kitchen has dishes on the countertops and table, and I there are muddy paw prints throughout the house.
We live in our houses and make memories here. We play with sensory bins and let the dogs enjoy some snuggles on the couch. It gets messy here because that is just life.
Sometimes we have a lot on our plates and we have to let things go and what we let go is often the cleanliness of our homes. And I get it, I really do. When you choose things like playing with your kids instead of doing the dishes… that is when it is right and okay to let things go.
Then there is the flip side. We let things go and continue to let things go. Then it becomes so overwhelming that we don’t even know where to start.
So I’m going to give you two of my biggest tips for dealing with a messy home, then I’m going to give you my motivational tips to get you started.
Two Things You Need To Do To Keep Your Home Consistently Clean
1.) Declutter your home
Your entire home. Do it one room at a time. Get the trash bags and donation boxes ready and be ruthless. Hold every single thing in your home and ask your self, “Do I use this,?” and “Do I love this?” If the answer is yes then keep it and find a home for it. If the answer is no then to get rid of it. Don’t make it more complicated than that.
This will be a process, it will take some time, and the time will be so worth it. You will suddenly notice that it is easier to keep your house clean. There is less to clean up, fewer objects to dust. Less stuff = more time.
That is the fastest explanation on decluttering that I can give. I have a ton of resources on this blog that will give you the help that you need. I will list some of those at the end.
2.) Start A Cleaning Routine
A cleaning routine will keep you accountable to get your chores done and keep you from feeling like you are cleaning all day long. In fact, you need to refuse to clean all day.
Or even better, design a cleaning system that works for you. I have a free e-book that you can instantly download and start using today.
Okay, I feel like all of that was truly important for me to cover before we jump into my 9 motivational tips for keeping up with the cleanliness in your home.
9 Motivational Reasons To Keep Your Home Clean
It Pleases The Lord
This is my number one reason for keeping up with my home. You will see it all over my blog. Proverbs 31 verse 27 says, “She eateth not the bread of idleness and looketh well to the ways of her household.”
In this part of the Bible, a mother is giving her son advice on the type of woman he should look for. I want to be that type of woman. I fail in many areas, but that doesn’t mean I should not try.
It is important for me to take care of my home. The Lord gave me this home and I am so thankful for it. I want to show him how thankful I am by taking care of the possessions that he has given me.
Additionally, I was designed, by God, to be a help to my husband. I know that having a clean home is beneficial to him. This is another reason why I feel motivated to keep up with chores in my house.
It Calms Your Mind
I’m sure you have heard the saying, “clean home clean mind.” I don’t think anyone can argue that it is easier to get things done when the environment around you is clean.
For me, when the house is a mess, that is all I can think about. I get distracted by the mess and can’t focus on what I need to be doing.
Once the house is clean, my environment is more peaceful and I am able to accomplish my tasks for the day. I guarantee this will happen for you as well.
If you are feeling frazzled, do a speed clean around your house, then get back to what you need to be focused on. I bet you can focus better now.
Beneficial to Your Physical Health
It probably goes without saying that keeping your house clean keeps the dust and dirt away. Dusting and vacuuming regularly keeps allergens away, which, of course, keeps you healthy.
This is coming from someone who has dealt with allergies and asthma all of her life. Dusting, vacuuming and regularly washing linens make a huge positive impact on my health.
Also, the actual act of cleaning is good for your health. Anything that keeps your body moving is beneficial to your lungs and your heart. Turn on some music and get some move minutes into your day.
While we are on the topic of your health… I strongly believe that the products you use to clean your home can have an impact on your health as well. Cleaning products with a lot of chemicals in them really affect the air quality in your home.
I switched our home over to all non-toxic cleaning products. This has also made a positive impact on my asthma. I never realized until about 3 years ago that those other cleaners were affecting my health. It really does make a big difference.
I make my own cleaners and I get non-toxic cleaners through Grove Collaborative. This is the cheapest place I have found to get cleaning products. Actually, if you sign up with them you will get a free 5 piece set.
This is how I got started with their cleaning products in my home. Keep in mind that it is a subscription service. If you are like me and don’t like subscription services… no worries… you can do what I did and turn the automatic shipping feature off. That is what I have done and now I just order as needed.
Teaches Your Kids Good Habits
Your kids learn from watching you. Whether you like it or not they are going to pick up your habits and tendencies. If you want them to take good care of their future home then show them how to do so by taking care of their current home.
My daughter sees me cleaning every day and knows that this is a regular part of our routine. She even enjoys helping and often volunteers to dust. She is only 3 so I do have to keep an eye on her or I will run out of dusting spray in one go around.
Saves You Time
While keeping up with cleaning your home does take time, it will save you time in the long run.
Developing some habits to keep a tidy home will help you stay on top of things. This means that things can easily get done as you go instead of spending hours at a time picking up a mess that could have been avoided.
Keeping a clean home will also save you time because you will always know where everything is. When your house is clutter-free and everything has a place you will know exactly where to look when searching for something in your home.
Makes Your Home Welcoming
When inviting guests to your house you want them to feel welcome and comfortable. You want them to feel like you are happy to have them visit.
If they arrive at a messy home they are going to feel uncomfortable and unimportant. I want my guests to have a comfortable place to sit (dog hair free), a place to put their things, clean dishes to eat off, and a bathroom that isn’t scary.
I’ve been in people’s homes where I didn’t want my daughter to have to use the bathroom or touch anything in the house. You don’t want people to feel this way in your home.
Do understand that this doesn’t mean your house needs to be perfect to have company over. It’s okay for someone to see that you actually live in your home and you don’t need to paint a false picture of perfection.
Just be aware of how people may feel when coming into your home. It’s not about what they may or may not think about you. It’s about whether or not you are doing your best to serve them while in your company.
I strongly believe that when you develop discipline in one area of your life it will flood over into the other areas of your life.
I first learned this when I ran cross country and track. I was serious about training for a number of years. I know that the discipline I learned from this sport was transferred to other areas of my life.
Now, when I am closely following my cleaning routine, I am also being productive in other areas of my life. When I’m on top of my housekeeping game, my business is being run well, and my daughter and I are doing lots of activities together. Having plans, systems, and routines, keeps everything running smoothly.
Keeps Pests Away
Pests don’t enter your home just in extreme cases. Have you ever had ants?
When my sister was young she left a bag of saltwater taffy in her closet. Then we went out of town for a few days. I’m sure you can guess what happened. Cleaning up that mess and getting rid of those ants was not a fun job for my mom.
Being mindful of messes made and making sure they get cleaned up asap, will keep all the nasty critters away.
Provides A Safe Environment For Your Children
Kids can get crazy sometimes and having a safe environment for them to play in is important. You don’t want them always tripping over your mess. Tripping over their own toy clutter is a different story.
You want your kids to feel safe in their homes. This goes beyond making sure things are cleaned up so your kid doesn’t get hurt.
Keeping a clean environment is important for your child’s mental health. You want their home to be a place where they feel relaxed and safe. A clean and uncluttered space is going to accomplish this.
Keep your home clean so that your child enjoys their home and can find rest there.
Motivational Reasons To Keep Your Home Clean
I hope at least one of these ideas gives you a reason to keep your home tidy. Remember it’s not about perfection. It’s about systems and routines that will make your home an inviting and enjoyable place to be.
If You Need More Help Keeping A Clean Home
This blog is full of resources to help you achieve an enjoyable and comfy place to live in. I love helping others find a simple and productive way become the best homemaker they can be.
I will always recommend two main things to get you started. Declutter your entire home and start a cleaning routine.
If you want to know more about my cleaning routines. I suggest checking out my free printables library. I have made multiple checklist and printables that you can print out and use to help you build these daily habits. You also get a copy of my Ebook – Simplify Your Life With a Cleaning Routine. This book will help you design your own cleaning routine.
If clutter is your problem. I suggest either my 3-day challenge or my Declutter Handbook.
3-day challenge – Declutter Your Bedroom in 3 Days.
Declutter Guide – Declutter Your Whole House In Your Own Time.
Also, check out the list of other related blog posts, below.
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