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How Cleanliness Affects Your Mental Health

By Elliot Caleira

Cleanliness has obvious benefits, but there may be a factor that you have not considered. That is mental health. Your mental health is essential to keep in balance. It determines what kind of emotions you are feeling on a daily basis and thus the quality of your life overall. So when it comes to keeping your environment and belongings clean, it can go a long way to helping with your mindset. Here is how:


Whether you just got done cleaning out your car, booking some tile and grout cleaning for the house, or just grooming yourself, it can make you feel accomplished. We need to be able to have big and small wins in life. You can set yourself for an easy win by keeping things clean.

When someone is not accomplishing what they want in life, it can lead to depressing thoughts. When you feel like everything is dirty, it starts to pile up. Eventually, you might feel like it is not even worth the effort to get it back in shape. This can pour over into other areas of your life. So get that feeling of being accomplished and start doing cleaning tasks that you have been putting off. Your mental health will thank you.

More Calm

The world is getting more busy each day. All the technology of the internet and social media has made our lives cluttered and scattered. Sometimes, it is just hard to get that inner peace. Of course, when you look around and everything is dirty and out of place, it only adds to it.

Aside from meditating, you can clean up a little and get major health benefits for your mind. In fact, cleaning something in and of itself is a form of meditation. You are free to focus on just that one task and use your hands to take your mind off all your troubles in the world, even for just a moment. Then, when you're done and look around, you will be more calm than before.

Find Things Faster

It can get stressful when you're running around and can't find a key item for your to-do list. You start getting agitated. Eventually, this stress builds up.

You might start taking it out on others around you or go back to bad behaviors that got you into the mess in the first place. You can get rid of that subconscious angst when you know where your things are and don't have to expend mental energy just to find them. Then you will have more left in the tank to actually put in your creative pursuits, which lifts your spirits.


People are very visual creatures. The kinds of things that surround you will have an effect on your psychology. There is a reason that offices have certain colors and salespeople wear calming hues. It really does matter when you look at your mental health from a visual perspective.

Work Life

If work isn't going well, then you are going to have negative mental thoughts. One of the keys to being a great employee is being clean. It means you are organized and ready to tackle the big things for the day.

Family Life

There is nothing more important than your relationship with your kids and the rest of your family. When your area is clean, your mindset is more clear and kind. You aren't holding onto negativity and stress that can wreck your home life. So make sure your home represents the kind of attitude you want.

When it comes to creating the kind of lifestyle you want, cleanliness is underrated. Of course, you can stay organized and have less clutter. But besides the practical matters, it also does wonders for your mental health. It reduces stress, clears up your thinking, and all of the things mentioned above. So give yourself the treat of a better attitude and outlook. Make cleanliness a top priority for you.

Elliot Caleira is a freelance writer in the self-mastery and health and wellness spaces. When he's not writing you'll find him cooking or teaching Portuguese classes. More articles by Elliot.

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