Come and find out Why Cleaning & Organizing is so Therapeutic! Maybe this is the secret to making housework fun!
What can you do when you feel the steam start to pour from your ears and you need to let it out? Why not pick up the mop? It might sound counterintuitive, but you could do your psyche good.
You need a way to vent nervous frustration — why not make it productive? Here’s why cleaning and organizing are so therapeutic.
1. It Gets You Up and Moving
If you’re feeling down in the dumps, physical movement is one of the best ways to banish the blues. Your body releases a flood of feel-good endorphins, natural body chemicals that act similar to morphine in easing pain and improving your outlook. Plus, it might be easier to motivate yourself to dust if 30 minutes on the elliptical sounds too daunting.
Why not make the activity even more enjoyable by cranking some jams while you vacuum and mop? Listening to your favorite tunes can both uplift and relax you as you dance and sing along — but please avoid using the toilet brush as a microphone.
2. It Provides Immediate Gratification
Life can sometimes feel a lot like all work and no play, making you dull. You know your side hustle will help provide a secure retirement someday, but right now, clocking in to work after you recently punched out from your real boss seems like drudgery. You know you’ll eventually save for a down payment on your dream home. Right now, you’re stuck in the world’s most ramshackle, if affordable, apartment.
Few things in life provide immediate gratification — but cleaning does. Even if you aren’t thrilled with your current abode, you’ll find it more comfortable if you tidy up your space.
Plus, you might discover that your digs aren’t so bad with a little TLC. You might not need a walk-in closet if you construct some DIY organizers so that every belt and bauble has a place. That haphazard stack of books transforms into an attractive accent once you build shelves and add a plant and framed photo or two.
3. It Creates a Sense of Agency and Accomplishment
Sometimes, you might feel anxious, stressed or even downright furious when you do everything you can — and your plans fall through, anyway. You worked so hard for that promotion, but your annual review rolled by without so much as a modest raise. It’s enough to make you want to throw in the towel.
Cleaning and organizing your space create a sense of agency. A lot of stress results from feeling out of control and tidying up can help you regain a sense of centeredness.
If nothing else, you will feel smug every time you open your shower doors and see a sparkling white interior instead of yellow rust stains. Why not indulge in that bubble bath now that you have a clean place to relax?
4. Less Clutter = Less Stress
If your house is a haven to clutter, no wonder you feel stressed. Too much stuff overwhelms your mind with stimuli, making your senses work overtime searching for nonexistent threats.
Clean up your place and sort your belongings into three piles — to keep, to toss and to sell or donate. Once you declutter your abode, embrace the minimalist principle of one-in, one-out living to keep it from returning. Before you buy something new, you must get rid of another item you no longer need.
Embrace the Therapeutic Power of Cleaning and Organizing
Cleaning and organizing your space can make you feel calm amid chaos. Embrace the therapy and reward yourself with a tidier abode.
Cora’s passion is to inspire others to live a happy, healthful, and mindful life through her words on Revivalist – wholeheartedly convincing them that everyday moments are worth celebrating. Cora has spent 5+ years writing for numerous lifestyle sites – hence her sincere love for both life and the beauty of style in all things. Keep up with Cora on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.
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