Why Do I Keep My House Clean? My Top 5 Reasons
Really the title sounds like a rhetorical question a mom might ask, doesn't it?
Over the spring and summer I fell out of the habit of deep cleaning, zones for deeper concentrated cleaning, and most routines. The house held on with a few, oh so few, routines and manic cleaning whenever the family was gone away for a few hours. But I think, looking back, that it was the fact that I had worked to keep the house clean prior to their moving in that really helped us stay atop the housework for five months with two toddlers in the house.
I was thinking about housekeeping in general the other day as I was working away in my zone area and feeling quite accomplished.
1. Satisfaction. There's a satisfaction in doing work well that doesn't come by any other means. I didn't understand this in my youth. My whole goal was to avoid doing any more housework, especially once I had a home of my own because I'd been keeping Mama's house to some extent since age 7. I've found in these last 28 years that I appreciate the deeper sense of satisfaction I feel when I look around me and see the work is done and I know it was my effort that achieved it. No, it's not lasting, especially if you have a whole family living at home, but it holds well if you stay atop the routine things.
2. Peace. Clean and uncluttered areas and surfaces are soothing to mind and soul. I believe it's one reason why I'm often told that my home is so peaceful. I'm no minimalist. I have my books and I like pretty things about me, but I edit carefully and clean the things I have on display. I try to have just enough that your mind can take in a few details and rests.
3. Organization. A place for everything and everything in it's place. This too is a peace giver. I've spent many a day tearing apart my home looking for an item that would have been easily found if I'd just taken the time to assign it a place and put it back there. I'm not anal about organizing but I do know where most items are and about where a few others are likely to have landed.
4. Time to Relax. If things are done routinely there is free time in nearly every day. I can devote that spare time to writing, reading, napping, sitting on the porch, visiting, working on a project, etc. It's strange but true that doing housework actually gives me freedom to do other things.
5. It saves me money. Knowing where my things are and putting them prevents my going out to buy something needed that is 'lost'. In my lifetime we've 'lost' important papers, clothes, scissors, tools, etc. Keeping atop my housework and putting things away properly means we seldom lost anything.
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