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Improve Your Health With a Clean Home

By Rachel Shouse

Maintaining a clean and organized home is a thing of fairy tales for some. You may feel like you can't keep up with what you have to do, nonetheless catching up on other, less noticeable, tasks. There are ways that you can get these chores done without your stress going through the roof. Understanding the health benefits of having a tidy home can be a great motivator. I also have some tips on breaking up your cleaning and organizing into realistic lists.

Your Health and Home

Where do you spend the majority of your time? Probably within your own four walls. Regardless of whether you work outside of the home or not, keeping things tidy at home helps create a relaxing place for you. 

Keeping a tidy home reduces both anxiety and depression symptoms. Anxiety disorders are easily triggered by a cluttered environment. However, functioning with these conditions is difficult at best.

If you suffer from allergies, asthma, and/or skin conditions, keeping up with the dusting can help prevent a lot of flare ups. The dust, dead skin cells, dirt, etc., floating around and getting on your skin or in your lungs will surely cause problems.

Tidy Up First

Before you start scrubbing your floors, try to tidy up your home first. Put away all of the items that aren't where they belong. Start in one room and complete that area first. If there is a lot to take care of, grab a hamper and put everything in there that doesn't belong in that room.

Organize Your Things

During this step, you're going to find things that you aren't using. Keep a basket or a bag nearby for those items for ease of access. Think about the areas of your home that would benefit most from some organizing. Start with the places that you dwell in the most or the areas that store frequently used items.

Time to Scrub

It's wise to begin this part in your kitchen. Keeping this area clean and sanitary can help reduce your risk of foodborne illnesses. I recommend that you start from the top, literally. Starting with the counter will be counterproductive if your upper cabinet doors need to be wiped down and crumbs and other funk falls right back on it. 

Remember to break all of these tasks up into manageable chunks. Keeping it realistic can help prevent you from falling behind and becoming discouraged. Take how much time you have into consideration as well. Be sure to keep everything simple. This may seem like a mountain. Break it down into hills.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Danville, Calif.

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