It’s easy to think that cleaning our homes isn’t as significant as playing with our kids, doing community service projects, or climbing the corporate ladder. But when we take a step back, we can see that cleaning really does matter and there is great value in taking care of our homes.
Here are 7 benefits of creating and maintaining an organized home:
1) It’s easier to be hospitable.
For many of us, when we’re drowning in clutter, we rarely have people over because spending days cleaning for a few hours of company is so much work. And how many of us have wanted to pretend that we’re not home just because we’re embarrassed by our mess when someone’s stopped by unexpectedly?!
On the other hand, when the house is clean, we can welcome guests in and be happy to show them around!
2) The house feels bigger and brighter!
I used to think that my own house was cramped and somewhat small, but after getting rid of van loads full of clutter, I realized that we have more than enough space! Perhaps you do too?
Plus, when the house is clean, it’s fun to make it feel even more spacious and breezy by flinging open the curtains, doors, and windows without worrying about who might see inside!
(If you are in a very small home, read this article for encouragement and inspiration.)
3) There’s more time for family time.
I used to spend at least an hour a day wading through laundry mountains, hand washing enough plates to eat a meal, looking for keys and shoes, and rifling through piles of papers to make sure I wasn’t forgetting anything important.
After I invested the initial time into decluttering and organizing every square inch of my house, I was shocked to discover that it takes less time to maintain a clean house than it takes to put out clutter-fires every day!
That translates directly into more family fun time, not less.
4) Everything is easy to find.
When everything is in it’s place, family members don’t need to ask for help finding clean clothes, toys, or tools every 20 minutes. Likewise, when company comes over and asks to borrow a particular item, we know right where to find it! No more digging, no more searching. It’s a calming, relaxing feeling.
5) Maintaining an organized home saves a ton of cash.
Having clutter can be so much more expensive than many people realize. Between overdue fines, frequent outside activities, and bigger houses, many of us have spent thousands of unnecessary dollars just because of having clutter.
6) Taking care of a home is honorable.
Often times we view women who do a lot within the community as strong and influential women. And while that’s true, a woman who is properly caring for her home and family is also very strong and influential, just in a quieter way.
“She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying: ‘Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all.'” Proverbs 31:27-29
7) A tidy home is a haven.
When the house is a mess, most of us will subconsciously find reasons to stay away such as dinner out, family nights away from home, and trips to coffee shops with friends so we can relax somewhere inviting.
When the house is clean though? My family (and probably yours too) can’t wait to get home in the evenings because we all love relaxing here. We also enjoy having other people over instead of meeting out, and we understand just how Dorothy felt when she closed her eyes, tapped her heals together three times, and breathed, There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.
Why do you think cleaning is important (or not)? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!