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Keeping the home environment clean – why is that important?

Hello to those who have stopped by to glance over my first blog entry! 

If you are like me in some ways, you probably not a big neat freak (not talking about workplace, just home).  I honestly prefer to keep some level of entropy in my house for I think it looks more like a place to live in, not a museum or a laboratory.  I was raised with an idea in mind such as “you are a girl; you always have to keep everything clean.”  My rebellious nature often played bad tricks on me, because I was plain outraged by the fact that I had to do the dishes, mop and sweep, dust and water plants, and my brother only had to take the trash out every other day.  Is it just because of the anatomical structure? – I always wondered.  Therefore, the cleaning process for me has become a torture in many ways. To be honest, I would rather be analyzing a urine specimen, rather than be doing a thorough clean up.  Yuck!

However, I am a family woman now; I work in the field where I am required to keep everything in check and in the right place.  With my mind – I understand that perfectly, and the process of washing, wiping and so on does not bother me at work as much as household chores.  I dread it! I hate it, but I absolutely need to do it.

It is scientifically proven that the clean and neat environment affects our working/learning abilities in a good way. I noticed that too. If I do my homework and see the mess surrounding me, I become very angry and distracted.  If everything is where it should be, and I do not smell someone’s dirty socks – I will accomplish more.   With having a child, it is more important to keep the rooms organized, because now it is also a safety measure. There are many health risk factors that involve constant mess: allergies and asthma being a most common result.  The simplest example of messy personality disadvantage may be many uncomfortable incidents involving opposite sex. Say, if you are a guy expecting a girlfriend at your place for the first time.  All of sudden, right before her visit you start noticing dirt under your couch, stained sheets and a load of greasy dishes... pretty? Don't think so!

So, what did I come up with? Since some chores cause the sickness in my stomach, my husband and I came up with a schedule (kind of like the one you would have at work). Monday is a kitchen day, Tuesday – bedroom, Wednesday – child’s room, Thursday – bathroom, Friday – day out, Saturday and Sunday – laundry, mopping, and whatever else is left. Besides that, every day, there are: dishes, cooking and trash take-out.  Here, it is all easier – who is home more is required to do at least a half of that list on a given day. 

When it is my turn, it helps a lot to get everyone out, turn some favorite music on and go on dancing with a mop. I hear it is also a good exercise!

For those of you who live in dorms, that schedule or system also can be easily modified if you absolutely HATE cleaning.  Pick the chores you can “digest” and stick to them, let your roommate do the rest (if they are ok with it, of course)

I promise you though; it gets better once you slide into a schedule. Clean house usually provides better attitudes!


JackieCheuvront's picture

This is a great post, and so

This is a great post, and so true. A lot of people don't realize how much disorganization effects all aspects of your life, and it's so easy on just let everything go. But a clean house will make you more efficient and productive. Keeping everything in its place makes things easier to find, which will save a lot of time. I can't even count how many times I was late to something, because I couldn't find my keys in all of the clutter. Then I spent so much time trying to find them, I forget my homework or something equally as important, which in turn caused a lot more stress than was needed. It really is a downward spiral.

I love the idea of breaking up the different rooms into different days. It keeps it simple and not so overwhelming. I started cleaning like this recently. I also make sure I'm always stocked with cleaning supplies, and I'm always coming up with new ways to organize my life. This has made everything in my life so much easier, which is great. If you hate cleaning, start small, and you'll see how big of a difference it makes that you'll want to clean and organize everything. 

rachelsholiday's picture

Awesome post!

What a fantastic post!  I always have a lot of trouble cleaning if there is a mess in the house.  As I speak there are dirty dishes in the kitchen, still wrapping from Christmas on the floor, and an overflowing recycling bin.  I think when I’m done with this comment, I’ll probably do a little tidying up.  At least load the dishwasher or something!

In regard to school, one area that aggravates me the most is my desk area. I have a rather large desktop computer, and my desk is not exactly conducive to organization.  I’m also something of a “saver” without much space to save things.  I know that getting more things isn't always the solution, but I think maybe a filing cabinet would be helpful.  I can block out all the other messes, if I have to, but if I don’t have space on my desk to read my textbooks and type notes (my handwriting is horrible!) then I really do not get anything done.

Being in school can definitely be a challenge, and sometimes you have to pick your battles, even in terms of cleaning. If I have a lot of homework to do, I’ll do the cleaning that I know I have to so that it doesn't distract me.  The stuff I can successfully block out stays blocked until I have time to do it (or it starts smelling really bad!)

Tomochka's picture

Any future psychologists out there?

Jackie, exactly! I have the same key problem! I am just like a kid, I need to put things such as keys/wallets/ and whatever else is small and essential in the same spot. If I do not do this, then, well… I might be screwed! I get so frustrated, when I cannot find my lip gloss, and then I remember that I left it in a pocket. Then, I will have to sit and try to remember which pocket.

Rachel, I am battling with my desk all the time! It is just like a huge monster who somehow manages to eat all my important papers. Usually, I look for one thing and find the one I was looking for a week earlier. I too was thinking about getting a file organizer, and once in a while I do go through all of my papers, throwing away the junk and never used store coupons… this is terrible. Is there something wrong with people like us who struggle with keeping things clean? The funny part is though; I am a perfect organizer everywhere else (ironically, my workplace looks like no one ever touched it, and I have a pretty messy job). Are there any psychology majors here? Maybe someone could explain the trend. Sometimes I wish I were OCD, so I would keep my stuff clean without suffering so much… Not!

PYETwentyTwelve's picture

Your post is right on point

A clean living environment will allow you to see clearer and sticking with a routine to get your cleaning done is something that should be done so your dorm won't turn into a pig sty, you don't want your dorm looking like the room you left behind at home, right?  Plus you want your family to see how mature you have become since leaving home for college.

Keeping your living environment clean regularly should be a part of your life from day one because if you're sharing the living space with someone else and that person prefers a cleaner room, and you're too relaxed there will be problems in the shorter scheme of things.  Even with no dorm roommate, your room would still have to be cleaned up because don't you want friends at your place and making it look fabulous every single week will certainly impress them and show them you're well on the way to adulthood (well some of them anyway) and your parents will see you are making an effort.

Being clean whether in school or not is a habit that should be carried forward with you all the time.  Less clutter or messiness in one's life definitely makes things go on a little better, and once your cleaning is out of the way you can move on to other things on your to-do list.