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.
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.
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!
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