A busy work schedule leaves you with little time and energy to deal with projects at home. We’ve all been there. Digging through the mess and clutter is draining. But then everything changed and while you don’t have to commute temporarily, you still don’t have the time to make progress on the mess.
But, no more than ever, you really need to start taking back control of your messy house.
4 reasons you need to start cleaning your messy house today
While cleaning probably doesn’t top your list of fun things to do, it can be cathartic. Take a look at these five reasons to help motivate you into taking action.
The piles of clutter and mess gather lots of dust
Most days you can move the mess to a different room and close the door. Out of sight, out of mind. While those piles are sitting there, they are gathering dust. And more dust.
Are you feeling a bit more stuffy and allergic that usual?
When you’re spending more time at home, you’re breathing in all the extra dust.
Clean up the mess to help you reduce the allergy inducing dust you’re sitting next to every day.
You’re probably wasting money buying duplicate or unnecessary items
When was the last time you bought an item only to realize you already owned it?
Or was it you needed a product but couldn’t find it in your messy house so you bought a replacement?
Part of cleaning up clutter allows you mentally note and reorganize the things you already have. Instead of spending money on a duplicate or a triplicate of an item, you’ll know where to find it when you need it.
In these days of panic or impulse shopping, it feels easier to buy the item rather than find it in your house. But now is the time to take back control of your budget by tackling the mess to save money in the long run.
Cluttered surfaces are hard to clean and disinfect
Cleaning and disinfecting on an regular basis is an important part of keeping your home healthy.
Aside from gathering dust, clutter makes it hard to wipe down counters.
While you may be able to keep your work to a smaller, clean space, in reality you need larger surfaces so you can unpack and quickly disinfect when you’re done with a task.
Visual mess creates conscious or subconscious stress
Now that you’re around a messy house more, it’s harder to keep the clutter out of sight. That dumping ground for papers is now the place you’re spending more time.
Whether you realize it or not, all the mess you’ve been avoiding is adding to your stress levels. Now is the time to reduce your stress, rather than increase it.
Simply seeing a pile of clutter can be distracting. You think about trying to clean it or feel bad that you’re behind in cleaning.
Instead of continuing to feel embarrassed by the state of your house, start trying to sort through the piles, one at a time.
What you can do with the leftover clutter
The good news is that there’s something you can do about your clutter and something good will come out of it. As you’re sorting through the piles identify things you can donate or sell.
As you’re cleaning up your messy house, you’ll find things that could find a new home through a charity shop or sale. Everything doesn’t have to go into the landfill.
You can use the boxes from the online shopping you’re doing to collect your donations. Leave those boxes aside for a few days first to be safe. Once they’re ready to use remove the labels and use them to gather up the items you can donate.
Now is the time to stop procrastinating and take back control of your messy house
Sure it’s always been easy to close a door or hide clutter so you don’t see it every day. Sometimes it feels like decluttering is stressful, but now that you’re home more it’s time to stop procrastinating.
All of the mess is gathering dust and making it hard to clean your home. Simply seeing all of the piles is adding to your stress levels, something you really don’t need right now. Take inventory of what you have so you don’t buy duplicates and gather items to give away to charity later.
Are you ready to take action? What other ideas do you have dealing with your messy house?
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