As kids we were probably all told to clean our rooms. Many kids don’t get into the habit of keeping their room clean until they are much older. For some of us, keeping things tidy isn’t our strong suit even as adults. However, the simple act of tidying our bedrooms can make a big impact on our health.
For one, a clean room can help you sleep better. It can also make cleaning easier overall, which can help you to get into the habit of cleaning often. A tidy room can even improve your physical and mental health, and leave you feeling accomplished each day. If you’re looking for reasons to get into a routine of tidying your room regularly, there are plenty, as well as ways to make it a little easier.
It Can Help You Sleep
Sleep is easy to get for some and hard to achieve for others. There are many activities that create good sleep hygiene, and one of them is to create a calming sleep environment. If you take a small part of each day and dedicate it to making your bed, tidying up any clutter, and creating a calming space, it can do wonders for your sleep. Fluff your pillows, straighten your sheets, put your clothes in a laundry basket, and keep your surfaces clear of excess items. This can create a clean and tidy space that is more conducive to sleep than a dirty room full of clutter. However, there are many conditions that can negatively affect sleep, so be sure you’re discussing sleep issues with your doctor if they are becoming a burden.
You’ll Have Less Cleaning
It’s simple: cleaning will be easier to do if you do it every day. The idea of cleaning and tidying is overwhelming for many who don’t do it often, as the amount of cleaning needed accumulates each day it’s not done. But by making a point to clean every day rather than letting things pile, you will save yourself a lot of time and stress. Folding a small load of laundry is a lot easier than folding a heap of laundry that you’ve let accumulate on the bed for months. Breaking up your tidying into smaller tasks will make your overall cleaning duties easier and less stressful.
It Can Improve Your Health
Believe it or not, tidying can improve your physical health as well as your mental health. In a physical sense, it keeps you moving as you go about cleaning your space. It also helps minimize dust and dirt in the air, which can affect your allergies, breathing, and sleep. Most importantly, cleaning removes bacteria and germs that can lead to sickness for you and others who spend time in your space.
From a mental health standpoint, tidying is an important aspect of self-care. Self-care is especially important for those in addiction recovery, people experiencing mental health struggles, and those who are feeling unhappy or overwhelmed. Self-care isn’t just bubble baths and meditation, it’s often completing common tasks to keep you healthy. This includes eating regularly, exercising, being social, and creating a calming environment.
You’ll Feel Accomplished
Another impact of tidying each day on your mental health is its ability to help you feel a sense of accomplishment. This sense of accomplishment can be the momentum a person needs to spend the rest of their day being productive and feeling good about themselves. Feelings of anxiety, hopelessness, and exhaustion often accompany poor mental health, but if just making the bed can be the one thing you’re able to do that day, that can be enough. Though it’s small, it’s still an accomplishment that can lead to your space feeling clean and calming. Even if your mental health isn’t in a bad place, getting a tidy start to the day can be the jumping off point to help you be productive in other areas.
Tips to Make Tidying Easier
If tidying isn’t your thing, it can be hard to get into the habit of doing it, or even knowing where to start. In addition to that, your space may not be a calming environment even when it’s tidied. In situations like these, you may need some assistance in making tidying easier. Luckily, in this day and age, sources to help you get started on your cleaning journey are just a click away:
- Watch Tidying Up with Marie Kondo: Marie Kondo is a tidying and decluttering expert who created the KonMari method of tidying. Watching her show on Netflix or reading her book can help you to feel understood and allow you to get some tidying tips by an expert — no matter how untidy your space may be.
- Identify problem areas: Identifying your problem areas can help you to tidy them better. If you have too much clutter, you may try bins and baskets to help separate things and organize them. If you have too many clothes, you can try the KonMari folding method where you go through your clothes, assess which items you love and want to keep, and fold them in a way that utilizes drawer space efficiently and provides easy access and visibility. Identify your problem area and then decide how to solve the problem. This can create a tidying method that works for you.
- Make renovations: If your space isn’t calming even when it’s tidy, you may consider making some small renovations to help you feel good about the space — which may motivate you to keep it tidy. If you have ugly or outdated wallpaper, work on removing the wallpaper and replacing it with new wallpaper pattern or paint color that you are fond of. If your space seems dark, create better lighting with a lamp or lighter curtains. These renovations don’t have to be large, but it’s important if tidying isn’t giving you the joy that it should.
It’s often the small things in life that make a big impact. Everyone can relate to the feeling of being in a clean and tidy space and the calming effect that it can have. Though it’s a small activity to lightly tidy your room each day, the impact can be large. It can aid in your sleep, overall cleaning tasks, your health, and your feeling of accomplishment each day. Even if cleaning isn’t your thing, doing it each day will have a big and positive impact on your life.