A study done at Indiana University found a correlation between a clean home and physical fitness. Researchers found participants with cleaner homes exercised more. “At the end of the day, the interior condition of their house seemed to be the only thing affecting their physical activity,” stated activity expert NiCole Keith.
Other reasons to keep a clean home include:
Lowering stress and fatigue
“When you live in a messy home, you are subconsciously reminded of work that needs to be finished and visually, your eyes do not have a place to rest,” says Dr. Rian Rowles, a psychiatrist affiliated with Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill. “Too much clutter can cause tremendous stress and fatigue. When things take longer to find, or can’t be found, stress levels rise, and so does your risk for illness.”
Reducing allergy and asthma symptoms
Not staying tidy in areas with carpeting, upholstery or bedding, or in areas that are naturally damp, such as basements and garages, can worsen allergies and asthma.
Dust mites, pet dander and mold lurk in physical possessions, which can trigger allergic reactions, decrease air quality and increase potential asthma problems, says Dr. Uma Gavani, an allergy and asthma specialist on staff at Christ Medical Center.
“Falls and fires are two leading causes of injuries and deaths inside the home,” says Gary Bettenhausen, Bureau Chief of EMS from the Oak Lawn Fire Department. “Tripping over objects and slipping on slick surfaces can cause head injuries and broken and sprained limbs, which can result in a trip to the hospital emergency room.”
Anyhing that blocks doorways and hallways is also a fire hazard. “Clutter can easily hasten the spread of fire and hinder your ability to escape or to be rescued,” Bettenhausen says.
It’s important to keep your home picked up and free from spills to make your environment physically safer.
Lessening the spread of germs
Although most people think of bathrooms as the most germ-ridden spots in the house, findings indicate the Kitchen Cleaning is the biggest area of concern.
“The kitchen is a prime area for germs because of the many crevices that can hold water or splatters of food, says Dr. Stephen Sokalski, an infectious disease specialist with Christ Medical Center.
Keeping pests away
Bugs and rodents can multiply and easily hide in messy homes. They are attracted to liquid spills, food debris and dirty pet bowls. Their presence is trouble, as they spread disease, bacteria, germs and allergies.