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Alleviating anxiety by maintaining a clean house

In the last year many homes have also turned into offices. The separation from work and personal is harder to maintain as the worlds collide and we try to safely get through the pandemic. More and more emphasis is being put on the mental health aspects of getting through everyday life. Recent studies like this one from Psychology Today show that a messy environment (unclean and unorganized) can affect your stress levels.

Even something as simple as washing dishes can inspire and reduce nervousness according to a study at Florida State and reported in Time Magazine.

A clean and organized environment can help you succeed regardless of what you need to get done. A space you can find things, has room to move and feels calming can keep you focused. Sometimes things sneak up on us or we simply don’t have the time. In order to prevent your anxiety from rising take things day by day.

In order to try to tackle tasks without being overwhelmed we recommend the following:

  1. Break it down – make a list so you know what you need to do.

  2. Prioritize – will having an empty sink so you can cook be easier on you or having folded clothes so you don’t have to stare at piles.

  3. Organize – limit tasks to 1-3 per day so you don’t get overwhelmed.

  4. Plan ahead – know what time of day you’ll be taking on the tasks so you can “forget it” in the meantime.

  5. Ask for help – recruit the family to pitch in so everyone has ownership of a task. If you still need help we’d loved to be considered your partner to create a less stressful environment.

For more tips check out this article from Good Housekeeping. If you do it yourself or need a little help give us a call.

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