The Powerful Psychology behind Cleanliness

demonstration of proper cleaning

Have you ever wondered why you feel stressed whenever you see your room dirty and unorganized? However, if the opposite happens, you see your room neat and spotless, you feel like dressing up and doing a lot of things?

How you see your environment affects your mood. There is a powerful psychology behind cleanliness that when we see something organized, we feel good and refreshed. That is why cleanliness is very important to our homes and offices because it affects our overall health.

Research results

A study led by associate professor NiCole R. Keith, Ph.D., research scientist and professor at Indiana University, found that people with clean houses are healthier than people with messy houses. Keith and her colleagues tracked the physical health of 998 Americans between the ages of 49 and 65, a demographic known to be at increased risk for heart disease. Participants who kept their homes clean were healthier and more active than those who didn’t. In fact, house cleanliness was even more of a predictor for health than neighborhood walkability.

In another 2010 study published in the scientific journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, it used linguistic analysis software to measure the way 60 individuals discussed their homes. Women who described their living spaces as “cluttered” or full of “unfinished projects” were more likely to be depressed and fatigued than women who described their homes as “restful” and “restorative.” The researchers also found that women with cluttered homes expressed higher levels of the stress homes cortisol.

Why do you need to be organized?

  1. Life gets easier – When your house looks good, you start to feel good, too. The time you used to spend looking for keys or finding that bill slip can be put to better use. You do not have to worry about the bills getting paid on time or remembering to send a birthday card to your loved one. When you feel good, this impacts other areas of your life.
  2. Your confidence level grows- Comparing yourself to someone else is rarely a good idea, but one of the reasons other people get more things done often is because their home is clean and organized. How your house looks like reflects your personality. You can be more confident to welcome guests in your house because it is spotless and tidy.

Few little things to start being organized

Having a hard time starting? Don’t know where to start? Start with the little things. Then eventually, everything else will follow. Here are some few guidelines which you can use to get started.

  • Make your bed every morning. Instantly your bed will look cleaner and cared for. It is a positive habit that is good for your mind too.
  • Open up the curtains or blinds and let the sunshine filter in. This is an instant mind booster, especially in fall and winter.
  • Do not go to bed with dishes in your sink. Make sure that your sink is shiny so when you head down in the morning to get some coffee, you have a welcoming scene to start your day.