Let’s face it. Having kids forces you to lower your standards for the cleanliness of your home. In no time flat, priorities shift from the house to the baby – and that’s perfectly normal! Fatigue and lack of time are just some of the factors that cause parents to spend fewer hours per week cleaning and tidying.
There are only 24 hours in a day. If you want to invest them smartly, the household can take a hit, unfortunately. That’s because it’s so important to spend time with your family.
Yet studies show that the connection between the cleanliness of your home and the well-being of your family are closely related. Here are some aspects of your daily life that are influenced by the state of your home, and therefore affect your family.
Your stress levels are heavily influenced by the space you’re in. An article published by the University of Minnesota suggests, “Perhaps most importantly for health, the environment can create or reduce stress, which in turn impacts our bodies in multiple ways. Children also mirror their environment. If you are constantly stressed, they will feel the tension and be more likely to show anxiety symptoms.”
One of the top tips given by specialists to people who are experiencing anxiety is to reorganize their home. Just doing an activity that allows you to refocus and become aware of your environment, can calm you down. Go step by – you are already very busy. There’s no point in setting unachievable cleaning objectives. You’ll just get even more discouraged. And don’t be afraid to ask for help, or hire professionals.
It’s important to maintain a clean home, for a sense of well-being that reverberates through your whole family. If you feel overwhelmed, you can always ask your spouse or your older children to take a few minutes to tidy the common areas. Make it a happy moment by playing music, talking together or organizing friendly competitions! Cleaning may not seem like your children’s favourite activity, but when they see the positive effects on the whole family, they’ll slowly change their attitudes.
Your family’s health is deeply affected by the quality of air circulating in your home. Children who come in contact with mold on a regular basis are more likely to develop respiratory diseases. Elsevir Masson, researcher for the bronchial clinic of Marseille, concluded one study with this insight: “[…] mold exposure is linked to a risk of ENT and bronchial symptoms, both the genesis and exacerbation of asthma and, lastly, hypersensitivity pneumonitis.”
So it’s a good idea to prioritize the elimination of mold in your home. When the seasons change, check high-risk areas for mold. These are often dark and damp places. For example, the shower, the bath, the seams of the shower curtain, under the sinks and in the ventilation hatches. Try to always stay one step ahead of the mold.
When children’s’ respiratory health is weakened by their environment, they’re also more likely to develop allergies. A home must be a refuge of peace where family members can rest safely. But if dust and mites build-up, your home can become more harmful to your health.
Mites are present in all homes, even the cleanest. But it’s possible to limit their spread. By doing so, you’ll reduce their negative impact on the health of your children. Among other things, you cover your bedding with waterproof mattress covers, wash the sheets with hot water every week, and opt for wooden flooring instead of carpet.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology advises cleaning your house regularly. Especially vacuuming every week, particularly if you have pets. It’s the simplest solution to ensure your family is safe under your roof.
Your children’s self-confidence and sense of responsibility are also impacted by the cleanliness of your home. Your children will be proud to live in an organized home, and they’ll develop healthy habits in their own space.
The American Academy of Pediatrics notes on its blog that it’s essential for the child’s development to give them more tasks and responsibilities each year. Younger people can help out around the house by cleaning up their rooms, putting toys away after games, or cooking with you.
This gradual process will allow them to learn how to start and finish a task. They’ll also be aware of everyone’s role in the family unit. For example, if you’re always storing craft materials after activities, your children may never understand the amount of time you actually spend cleaning. They need as many opportunities as possible to put the housework into perspective.
You can help them by clearly listing the tasks you need to be done and being grateful when they get done. Routine is also essential to the execution of a plan like this. Especially for young children, always doing the same actions at the same time makes it much easier.
For all the above reasons, a clean home is amongst the best things you can provide your family members. You can keep an organized house without even realizing it by incorporating just a few habits into your daily life. What’s more, you can free up your time by delegating a bit of your work to the other people living under your roof.
40 Comments on “Why Is a Clean House so Important for Your Family?”
A clean home is so important to me as well. I feel better when things are organized and the house is tidy. I agree, I’m sure that these cleanliness habits are passed on to children & grandchildren too.
Hmm. I wish my house was cleaner!
Great tips! Routine is so important when it comes to cleaning our home! It took a while for it to become a habit, but it is worth it for sure. I like the tip of making cleaning a happy moment with fun upbeat music.
I couldn’t agree with you more on how vital it is to keep our homes clean.
Having a clean and organized space is so beneficial to my anxiety, stress and mental health… I just feel better!
I love waking up to a clean organized home It makes my day go by better
I love having a clean home, but I do admit I am not super clean and that is because of my back not being able to pull furniture out, that gets done when hubby is home and can help. But I always told my girls a clean home is a healthy home
100% !! I cannot even start to put my girls to bed until all toys are away and everything is neat and tidy. Fridays I always do a REALLY good clean, then when the girls go to bed, i can sit back with a glass of wine, watching a chick flick and enjoy it that much more
I definitely notice a difference in my overall mood when my house is clean and organized. My house is very busy and often becomes cluttered. Busyness in the family definitely gets in the way of being organized all the time. Completely normal, but we try our best.
Sharing the cleaning makes it so much easier!
Where we live currently live there is an air born mold that drives me crazy. Mold in the toilet, mold on the shower head and mold on tap spouts. Never experienced this when we lived in Ontario, but guess it is something we have to deal with here!
So helpful to my mental health to have a clean home. Unfortunately with two small kids, once I’m done one thing something else is messy or undone. It’s a never ending cycle lol
I agree. My Mom always kept a clean, organized home. I feel that when there is disarray you feel that inside too. Now I am off to do some chores.
I didn’t know that it’s stress related I love keeping my home clean I wash the walls twice a year .And thing’s do be left on done do to being busy with children . Although I try my best.
A clean and organized home is important to me. I learned from my mom and she probably learn from her mother, as my grandmother home was always clean and tidy!
With an infant and toddler, it really feels like I don’t have time to keep the house clean and tidy. I’m glad to have a maid help regularly as well as my husband taking time off to de-clutter every once awhile. It definitely has an impact on mental health so a clean home is worth it!
I couldn’t agree more!
I totally notice that my anxiety is worse when my house is cluttered and messy! I’ve been so behind this week after being sick, and it feels so good to slowly get the house back into shape.
Some of the times, it is easier said than done. I get to the point that I look up for places around the ceiling that I may have missed.
Busy single mom of two, I am trying to keep up.
I am stressed if my house is not clean and tidy. I was wondering if anyone else noticed it is harder to get the kids to clean up after themselves these days.
Honestly I feel so much more relaxed when i have a clean home.
I love having a clean organized home
I’m am a busy mom of 3 and I aim to have a clean house but it’s a continuous cycle of mess. I definitely need to include the kids more in cleaning and giving them more responsibility hopefully this will help us catch up with the mess.
I love having a clean house. It makes all of us happy and healthier.
While I agree that less stuff is less stressful. I think this is a bit of a personality thing. Some people just do not notice if stuff is everywhere.
We have been working on ‘clean living’ as a family. Just basic stuff like, you took something out? Put it away. You baked cookies? Clean the dishes. You spilled? Wash it up. You changed your clothes? Put them in the laundry.
It has made a huge difference in our peace at home. I also am always filling a box for the thrift store!
Great article! Love the feeling of a clean house!
Excellent reasons to keep the house tidy can’t underestimate the psychological/emotional impact to your well being
I know that I have increased anxiety with an unclean home. Having a clean home is very important.
Cleaning is more important than ever, now!
awsome work this is a very helpful and informative article which helps to manage house cleaning.
I was surprised when you said that an organized home can help children feel proud and develop their own good habits. My husband and I have been really buried in the clutter in our single-family home due to the fact that there isn’t a lot of functional storage space. Maybe I’ll look into hiring a closet organizer service for our home now that you’ve helped me realize how important it is for our family’s mental health.
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A clean home is not just a good way to protect your investment, but it is also a good way to make the home owners feel good.
I am a neat person and mirco managing is and has not ben my thing. I feel that I am being sabotage by my family, when it comes to a clean home. I am worn out for working so hard to clean, cleaning and keep that space clean is close to impossible please HELP ME!!!
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I’m a parent and I found your article on how to spend less time cleaning very insightful. It really spoke to me as it is hard for parents now-a-days to find the time or energy to keep their house clean! This can be especially challenging when trying to balance work and managing a household with children.
Thanks for all the tips and reminders. sometimes I just have to reread this. Trying to not get complacent with ways to protect my family during this pnademic.
My wife definitely would like it if our house was cleaner.