Welcome Back for Part 2! Last week, we discussed how mental fatigue can affect our mood, productivity, and health, and we also covered how a cluttered and dirty environment can contribute to it. We shared some tips on how to declutter and organize your space, as well as the benefits of doing so. If you missed Part 1, you could read it here.
Let's get on to this week and wrap this topic up with a shiny bow! We will finish exploring additional ways to create a clean and comfortable environment that can help you reduce mental fatigue and improve your overall well-being. We will also show you some examples of how a clean environment can inspire your creativity and imagination.
Who knew that a clean space could actually inspire creativity? A clutter-free environment actually provides mental clarity, encourages fresh ideas, and helps us tap into our creative genius. Because let's face it, the world needs more masterpieces and fewer messes.
Promoting Restful Sleep:
Imagine crawling into a bed surrounded by piles of laundry and random knick-knacks (not exactly the recipe for a good night's sleep). In fact, research indicates that those that sleep in a clean bedroom report lower levels of anxiety, depression, and suicidality. Not only that, but a good night's rest also increases our productivity and overall mood the next day. We all deserve some quality shut eye, let's clear out those bedrooms!
Cleaning as a Mindful Practice:
Alright, hear us out on this one. Engaging in any sort of cleaning activity can actually increase various forms of mindfulness. Mindfulness is defined as: a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Ever find peace and relaxation as you're scrubbing a dish?! What about a sense of calm as you're vacuuming the thickest carpet in your home? Mind-blowing stuff.
Mindfulness and cleaning not only help us become present and aware in the moment, but also gives us a sense of accomplishment. Furthermore, who doesn't love the satisfaction of a sparkling clean space?
Practical Tips for Maintaining a Clean Environment:
Develop a cleaning routine: Set aside specific times each day or week to clean different areas of your environment. This will help you stay organized and ensure that cleaning tasks don't pile up.
Declutter regularly: Get rid of items you no longer need or use. Clutter can make it difficult to keep your environment clean and organized.
Use storage solutions: Invest in storage containers, shelves, and organizers to keep your belongings in order. This will make it easier to clean and maintain a tidy space.
Clean as you go: Instead of letting dishes pile up or leaving messes for later, clean up immediately after using something. This will prevent dirt and clutter from accumulating.
Establish rules for cleanliness: If you live with others, set clear expectations and rules for maintaining a clean environment. This will ensure that everyone contributes to keeping the space tidy (hello teenagers!).
Use natural cleaning products: Opt for eco-friendly and non-toxic cleaning products to minimize the use of harsh chemicals in your environment. This is not only better for your health but also for the environment.
Regularly clean high-touch surfaces: Wipe down frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, and countertops regularly to prevent the spread of germs.
Vacuum and mop regularly: Regularly vacuum carpets and mop hard floors to remove dust, dirt, and allergens. This will help maintain a clean and healthy environment.
Keep cleaning supplies easily accessible: Store cleaning supplies in a designated area that is easily accessible. This will make it convenient to clean up spills or messes as they occur.
Involve everyone: Encourage everyone in your household or workspace to take responsibility for maintaining a clean environment. Assign specific tasks or rotate cleaning duties to ensure everyone contributes.
From our hearts to yours, a clean environment not only keeps your physical space tidy but also helps alleviate mental fatigue. If scrubbing toilets and dusting shelves isn't your secret to a clear mind, simply hire us to do it for you. (Don't worry, we won't judge if you'd rather binge-watch your favorite show instead of picking up a broom after a long day of work and parenting). Let's embrace the power of positive mental health and a clean environment- let the sparkling countertops and fresh-smelling air be your therapy. Happy cleaning (or not) the choice is yours! xo