5 Unexpected Ways A Clean Home Makes You Happier

5 Unexpected Ways A Clean Home Makes You Happier

Have you ever heard the Gretchen Rubin quote “Outer order contributes to inner calm”? I wholeheartedly agree with this. When my house is messy and chaotic, just looking at it can stress me out. On the other hand, there is nothing as satisfying as waking up to a clean kitchen. It sets the tone for a calm, happy day on my end.


In the spirit of honesty, you should know that the state of my home has seen better days. Between working, taking care of the kids, and taking much needed time for myself, it has been difficult to stay on top of all the housework. And I’m sure you agree that once you get behind, it can be hard to catch up again.


For the month of May, I have decided to make the joyful habit maintaining a cleaner home. There are many positive benefits that come with a clean home. I think after you read about them, you will agree.


It Is Easier To Find Things You Need

When your house is organized, it is much easier to find things. Imagine not frantically digging through paper piles on your counter to find that permission slip that needs to be returned to school today. Sounds good, right? Having a place for everything makes this possible..

Maintaining A Clean Home Equals Less Time Spent Cleaning

I HATE cleaning! I would much rather spend my time doing other things, which is why it so often gets ahead of me. However, when I am able to clean a little bit every day, I find that, overall, I spend much less time on cleaning. Instead of having to do a 2 hour deep clean of my kitchen every weekend, I can spend 10 minutes each day maintaining it.


5 unexpected ways a clean home makes you happier

Less Overwhelm

When my house is in chaos, just looking at it makes me feel stressed. It makes me think of how much work it is going to be to actually get it back in order again. And when I am actually ready to get down to business, I feel overwhelmed and don’t even know where to start. Staying on top of it will make the housework more manageable and less stressful.


Makes You More Productive

I am not distracted by thinking about all the chores that need to be done when my home is clean. I can concentrate all of my energy on other things. While I work, I can really focus and get more done. In the end, this gives me more time with my family, which is the greatest source of joy in my life.

Physical Activity

If you have been following the series, then you know that April was all about getting more exercise. Walking around the house, scrubbing and lifting things is a good way to get a quick burst of exercise, which is a great happiness booster.


I am committed to making my home a happier place to live. To ensure my success in keeping my house clean, I plan on implementing a mini habit each week that will help me get on the right track. The first mini habit will be posted on May 1st so you can get started with me.
Here’s to more order and less chaos!

More From This Series

Joyful Habit #5 – Mini Habit 1 
Joyful Habit #4 – Exercise
Joyful Habit #3 – Eating For Happiness
Joyful Habit #2 – Wake Up Earlier
Joyful Habit #1 – Positive Mindset
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  1. These are great points! I personally LOVEEEE coming home to a clean house! Though, when you live with all boys, it’s hard to ask for that!

  2. I agree with this so much! I try not to put too much pressure on myself to keep my house spotless, especially during the week when I just can’t keep up with everything. However waking up to a clean house is such a great feeling. This post motivates me to try and do just a little more during the week so I can wake up without the chaos!

  3. HBing a clean house is my biggest struggle! I know a little bit goes a long way but I can never seem to do a little bit!

  4. This list is so true. especially being able to find stuff. It is so frustrating to not find what you need because it was never put back in it’s place. The amount of time and energy you save on this one thing can change your whole attitude for the day.

  5. I love having a clean and orderly home. Just had my grandsons here for the weekend and it was chaos with play dough and toothpaste everywhere! I cleaned and put things back in their place and even though I miss them, it give me serenity to have things back in order.

  6. Thank you for this post. I found it really motivating. I have adult ADD and get really overwhelmed when it comes to taking care of my home, but I can’t stand it when it isn’t put together. It’s a constant struggle with a messy husband and 2 kids! I don’t know how people can do it all! HAHA 🙂

  7. It definitely makes me feel calmer and more in control when they place it in a reasonable state. I don’t mind a little mess when I’m being creative but I do need to know it’s clean under the creative muddle!

  8. Bethany, I sooooo agree with you! Sometimes I’ll set a timer and see how much I can get done in a little 15- or 20-minute burst. One thing I do that saves lots of cleaning time is I keep a microfiber cloth by the sinks in the kitchen and bathroom and wipe off the faucets every single time I use them. I don’t ask anyone else to do that, but if I* do it every time I use them, they stay clean.

  9. I totally agree Bethany! I try to have the house clean with a family 5 minute pick up on Friday nights since walking down to a messy living room on Saturday mornings just starts the weekend off wrong! Decluttering consistently has also made cleaning so much easier.

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