Section 10 – A Clean and Happy Home

Did you know there are some real health benefits for keeping a clean home? When you live in a messy home, you are always reminded of work that needs to be finished. And visually, your eyes do not have a place to rest. Too much clutter can cause a lot of stress and fatigue. When you lose or can’t find things, stress levels rise, and so does your risk for illness.

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You can reduce your stress by keeping your things picked up. In areas that are naturally damp, like basements and garages, allergies and asthma can get worse. Dust mites, pet dander and mold hide in some objects. That can trigger allergic reactions, decrease air quality, and increase asthma problems. The more stuff you have in our home, the harder it is to clean. Messy areas increase the potential for dust, pet dander and mold to build up in closets, on surfaces and in cracks.

Did you know one of the leading causes of death inside the home is from falls? When your home is disorganized and there is excess stuff on the floor, those are tripping hazards. The same is true if you spill something and don’t clean it up right then. You or someone else can slip and fall. You should always keep your floors clutter free and clean to prevent falls.

Kitchens and bathrooms are where germs love to live. Your countertops should be cleaned daily to keep them germ-free. If you put raw meat on your kitchen counters, you should sanitize them after. This is a common cause of food contamination. Plus this helps with keeping bugs and other critters out of your home.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number one place germs live is also the place that is hardly ever cleaned. They report kitchen and bathroom faucets, door knobs, light switches, remotes, cell phones and other things you tend to touch a lot are some of the places germs thrive. So don’t forget to clean those frequently touched items too.

A clean and clutter-free home is a happy home. You will find you are less stressed and healthier when you live in a clean and happy home.


Updated 8/9/2023