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Lift Your Spirits during COVID-19 by Keeping a Neat, Clean Home

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Does clutter or dirt around the house nag at you mentally, adding item after item to your to-do list? Have you ever noticed how much more relaxed you feel when you come home to a tidy house?

Although some believe that having a neat home isn’t one of the essential aspects of life, the reality is that your spirits will uplift by having a certain amount of order in the house. And cleanliness matters, too!

If you’d like to see your mood improve, there are simple ways to do it without leaving your house! Which is a good thing because many of us can’t leave our home, thanks to COVID-19.

To lift your spirits and feel like your home is your sanctuary, consider these ideas:

1. The mood and tone of your home influences what you feel. The types of furnishings are less important than the level of cleanliness and a certain amount of order and organization.

  • Make small changes in your home that make you happy.
  • If you’ve had a hard day at work and return to a home that is disorganized and needs a good cleaning, your spirits will drop. But if you return to a home that is organized and clean, you’ll lift your spirits by merely walking in the door.

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2. Your home may be a reflection of your mood. Not only does the state of your home influence your mood, but the inverse is also true, according to some mental health experts. Studies indicate that how you handle your possessions in your home is a reflection of what you believe about yourself and how you feel.

  • Consider this: if you’re calm and relaxed by nature, the arrangement, organization, and cleanliness of your home most likely present serenity and peacefulness.
  • If you’re emotionally overwrought or plagued with anxiety or depression, your home may be cluttered, disorganized, or in need of a good cleaning.
  • If you’re feeling down and find yourself with a messy home, remember that when the home’s challenges around addressed, your emotional state may improve.

Photo Credit: Katie Charlotte Photography

3. To have a well-ordered home, sort and store your possessions in an organized fashion. An organized home means that you can find things when and where you need them. You don’t need a grand scheme to do this. Just store your keys near the door, your cooking utensils by the stove, and the kids’ toys near where they play.

  • Avoid getting overwhelmed by the task of organizing. Vow to organize just one room at a time.
  • You can even concentrate on one area of a room, like a desk or a corner that you find particularly troublesome.
  • You’ll be surprised how much better you’ll feel at home if you begin to tidy up in small ways.

4. It’s okay to ask for help. Perhaps your home is too big or too disorganized for you to feel comfortable tackling it on your own. Or maybe you’re just too busy. My passion is helping others in their home to bring beauty and order to their space. If you are feeling overwhelmed, schedule a virtual home organizing session with me here.

  • Spouses and kids are a great place to start asking for help. After all, they live there, too! And they undeniably contribute to dirt and clutter. Give them specific tasks, and watch your house get clean before your eyes! Most importantly, implement weekly family home meetings. Check out my video for tips on running a successful family home meeting.
  • If you have the financial resources, treating yourself to a professional cleaning once or twice a year can be a wonderful gift to yourself. And the results can last for weeks or even months!
  • Having your own home is marvelous. And tailoring your house to suit your personal preferences is crucial to making you feel like your home is your castle. Do everything you can to keep your home organized, neat, and clean. You’ll feel glad you did each time you walk in the door.

Hugs and Love, Nikki

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