5 Reasons I Keep Our House Clean

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Why I Keep Our House Clean | heartnaturedI feel like my house is put together if: the bed is made, there isn’t a mountain of dishes in the sink, and the counters are clear. Two relatively simple tasks, right? But for me, they seem to make all the difference. I wouldn’t say I’m a crazy clean person, but I do believe I flourish better in de-cluttered and clean environments. The floor doesn’t have to be spotless, all the laundry doesn’t have to be done, but I do like to feel ahead of the cleaning game. After talking about it with a friend, I realized there are a couple reasons why I take the time [most days] to make the bed, empty the sink, and clean the counters.

1. It simply looks better. Decorative pillows and straightened sheets make me smile when I walk in my bedroom, as opposed to a pile of sheets that cause a little stress.

2. I feel more productive for other tasks when our house is clean. Whether it’s designing a logo, reading a book, cleaning out a closet, etc, I feel more able to get stuff done. If there is clutter everywhere I am easily distracted by whatever I happen upon — dishes, shoes everywhere, etc.

3. I can find things quicker. I think the simpler I keep my material belongings, the easier this part of life will become. If things are put away, I can find them quickly when I suddenly need them. Not everything has a perfect, “permanent” place, but when I’ve taken the time to tidy up, I know where items are.

4. I feel more comfortable spontaneously inviting people over. Not that I think I have to reach some particular standard to be accepted, but I will confess that I’m more inclined to spontaneously invite people over if I know things are at least relatively picked up.

5. It helps our family thrive. I don’t have any kids yet, but I can tell that J and I get home from work, getting started with dinner is far more enjoyable if last night’s dirty dishes aren’t all over the counter. Can anyone else testify to this? I think that when we do have kids, it may seem silly to be sure we make the bed, or clean the dishes right after dinner, but in the long run, I think we’ll feel overall better suited to tackle the day.

Do you have any cleaning quirks like I do?

What is your favorite room in your home? Mine is probably our living room.

8 Comments

  • Brittany Bergman

    I couldn’t agree more with these points! It’s amazing what it difference it makes mentally when I come home from work to a put-together room than when I come home to blankets everywhere and dishes in the sink. My husband likes to rearrange the living room furniture to play video games, so I’d say my “quirk” is that I am always moving it back. :) I also love #4 — it’s so nice to have a home that’s ready for people anytime!

    05/14/2015 at 1:25 pm Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      Haha, I’d probably be the same way about rearranging the furniture back, Brittany. :)

      05/18/2015 at 11:54 am Reply
  • Rachel G

    For us, it’s not even so much spontaneous invitations as people spontaneously dropping by (a hazard of living in SE Asia, but one we’ve come to love!). I’m happier in a clean house, and it’s worth the work to make it that way!

    05/15/2015 at 3:02 am Reply
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  • Lori Boutelle

    I feel the same way when my space is organized & clean! I have two kids, so I’ve had to let my preferences go just a little (For example, I don’t clean the dishes & put them in the dishwasher as we dirty them, but instead keep the dirty dishes neatly stacked in the sink/on the counter & clean the whole kitchen every evening after dinner), but before nap & before bed I pick everything up & get my space just the way I like it. This helps me rest & enjoy my time in a clutter/distraction free environment!

    05/15/2015 at 11:45 am Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      Rest and enjoying time in a distraction-free environment.. yes, Lori! I definitely agree.

      05/18/2015 at 11:53 am Reply
  • Anna | SheisJoyful

    YES. It’s just something about a clean house! It makes my entire outlook cleaner really.

    05/16/2015 at 11:41 am Reply
    • Chelsea B.E.

      I can relate, Anna! It helps me go out into the day more confidently and ‘ready.’ :)

      05/19/2015 at 12:40 pm Reply

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