Housekeeping Tips for Less Stress

Simple Housekeeping Tips to Help You Create a Sanctuary from Stress

Cleaning with music can relieve stress
Playing music is one of the best ways to make cleaning fun. Creative RM/Kactus/Getty Images

Most people don’t’ realize how much clutter causes stress, but it’s true that living in a mess can drain you of time, energy, and even money, creating significant amounts of additional stress. Unfortunately, a cluttered home is the norm. But while stressed, overscheduled people have little time to clean, given the value of having your home as a sanctuary from stress, as well as what you save by being organized, it makes sense to keep your house clean.

The key is to be smart about cleaning, and clean in a way that causes little additional stress, or actually helps you reduce stress while you clean. The following low-stress housekeeping tips can help you do both:

Put On Some Music

There are many proven benefits of music for stress relief, and music is even used to promote wellness in the form of music therapy. Music can actually calm you down or energize you, depending on what type of music you choose. You can harness the stress relieving and energy-inducing powers of music to help your cleaning efforts, so that you’re actually less stressed (or at least no more stressed and tired) when you’re finished, plus you’ll get a boost from the great feelings you get from your cleaner space.

Pare Down and Organize

Toss or donate everything that you don’t need or love. Find a place for everything that’s left, so it’ll be easier to clean up. And don’t buy new things unless you absolutely need them.

These simple guidelines will leave you with less stuff to clutter up your space, and make cleaning quicker and easier.

Make Small, Consistent Goals

When creating new habits of any type, it’s good to make realistic goals, work toward them consistently and reward yourself for even the smallest progress.

This is also true with cleaning. If you set small, doable cleaning goals, such as 30 Second Chores, or the Daily Cleaning List that I’ll tell you about in a minute, you won’t get overwhelmed by the work.

Enjoy Your Results

Clean a little bit every day, and you just may have the magic formula for a cleaner, stress-free living environment. Further your rewards and keep your motivation up by enjoying your home when your work is done! If you clean your bathroom, give yourself a regular home spa experience so you can really appreciate all of your hard work. Enjoy a candlelit dinner in your kitchen, burn essential oils to enjoy aromatherapy, and decorate in a way that really makes your heart smile. Once you get used to having your home as a sanctuary from stress instead of another cause of it, you’ll probably be hooked!

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