James Mitchell

The home is one place where you want to be yourself, away from the expectations of everyone in the office or your group of friends. While it’s best that you feel comfortable with your surroundings, this doesn’t mean that you should just let yourself go and make a mess everywhere. Your home should still spark joy and encourage you to be productive every day. That’s hardly possible if you aren’t maintaining it well.

Aside from the obvious benefits of being less prone to sicknesses carried by dirt and bacteria, there are other reasons to keep the house clean and organized. Here are three of them:

You Appreciate Your Home

When you bought your house or perhaps when you decided on its layout, certain features made you fall in love with it instantly. You can have a spacious foyer and a beautiful floating staircase, but you never get to appreciate them if they are covered by random clutter. You also will not see problem areas that can be solved quickly and bring your home back to its beautiful self.

People do feel unhappy with their home after a couple of years, but this does not mean that you need to move out to be happy again. All you have to do is declutter so that you can feel like a productive and functional adult with a home that others will envy.

You See What You Own

a lot of stuff in a garage

People love owning stuff. It’s not necessarily a bad thing if you buy things that you need and use. However, it becomes a problem when you buy things; you stash them away and then forget all about them. This means that you didn’t need them in the first place, and you might purchase a duplicate item because you forgot that you already had one.

Adults need to own up to their mistakes, whether it’s in purchasing or not purchasing something. This also means acknowledging that you need to clean your surroundings and throw away stuff that you do not need. Conversely, this reminds you of the items that you have but have not used. And because you are aware of what you already have, you can decide what to do with them. Being aware of what you own will also help you assess where you are in life. You might feel unhappy and think you haven’t achieved much, but your collection of trophies and jewelry could be saying the opposite.

You Realize How Much You’ve Changed

Say you were a collector of trinkets in your twenties and two decades later, you are not anymore. You might be holding on to things that have no value or purpose in your life, and therefore, they are mere clutter. They are things that you keep for no reason other than to be sentimental about your past. And while it is good to look back on those moments of your life, you do not have to live in them. If it is time to move on, let go of all the items holding you back.

You should not need a hundred reasons to clean your home; it will hardly feel like home if you kept it dirty. But even if you do need the reminders, know that there are many things to consider.

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