Hi there! If you read my last article, in which I gave my first point for cleaning in the fall, then I thank you! Now I am going to give my second point, and it is something that can effect everyone. Stress.
Again, you can read my first point here:
(link to last weeks blog) http://pristinetoledo.com/2019/10/09/spring-cleaning-fall-cleaning-part-1/
The second point is stress. Oh, that dreaded word brings stress to people just by saying it. Stress has become something that can effect you through headaches, illness and even physically. Stress has no boundaries. Stress after the fall, during the holidays can be even more cumbersome. Holiday festivities, everyday obligations, jobs and the list goes on! Cleaning and organizing can bring a remedy to stress. I will give some ways on how cleaning, specifically in the fall season, can actually help you decompress and find this time of year less stressful.
Before I give my ways to combat stress through cleaning, allow me to share some statistics with you from the American Institute of Stress. These statistics come from surveys taken in 2014 and in 2017.
- Percent of people who regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress – 77%
- People who regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress – 73%
- People who feel that they are living with extreme stress – 33%
- People who feel that their stress has increased in the past 5 years – 48%
- Money and work accounted for 76% of the reason why people feel stressed
- 48% Say they have laid awake due to stress
- People who say they have difficulty maintaining work and family obligations 31%
I am not a clinical psychologist, but I think it is safe to say that stress is something that a large number of people feel. As an expert in the cleaning business, I can certainly say that having a clean home can take some of the stress away. Here are a few ways:
Just knowing where something is, especially when you need it. This can save you from worry and a big headache. Now there is enough of a difference between clean and organized, that I will write on why you need both. That is for a later time and date. Organization is taking your cleanliness and creating a structured system that makes getting around efficient. A person can have a clean home, but not know were items are. Or make a choice of putting items in a place that could make better use of space if placed elsewhere. Having these “small systems” for your home will in turn help you in the work place, or when you volunteer in a leadership role for the community. Though organization is not a fool proof way to keep the stress away, it certainly is a good start. It takes away many of the minor problems that could otherwise add to stress. To be organized, one must first clean, take out any clutter, and commit to constantly tweaking and adjusting to the possibility that things could be set up better.
There should be an end result or a calculated outcome when cleaning. A goal. Laura, are you serious? Cleaning is that important? ….Yes! When cleaning, one does not simply start to “see what happens”, there is an objective. In a stressful situation, many times an outcome is not foreseen and often not even thought about. When stressed, there are moments that can become a haze and then you start putting things in places that may not make sense, or that are not truly useful. One time, I was running late to church and in my rush I ran back into the house. Grabbing what I needed I went to the car and tried to open the door, only to find that the door…..was….locked! NO! Had I slowed down and told myself, “Okay Laura, put the key in my pocket, make sure car is unlocked, run in to grab item and then return to my car.” In my stress and haste, my thoughts were more like “what! I need my things.” Having an objective before a situation is very helpful. It helps us to stay on task and also helps us to keep things in perspective. Let’s say however, you start to stress out and something is starting to overwhelm you. Stop, take a step back and make an objective. Even if it is not an end result objective, but just a stepping stone objective. For example: your mother in law announces she is going to stop by in 10 minutes. At first you start throwing things in the closet, and down the basement stairs…but wait. Make an objective, she will see the living room mainly. Start there, and take any dishes to the sink to clean later (objective complete). Then take folded laundry upstairs to put away later (objective complete), etc…okay, I think you get the point.
Lastly, for the case of fall cleaning is obligation. As parents and as adults, we have an obligation to keep priorities straight. The last statistic that I shared, is the percentage of people who cannot help but feel overwhelmed with their home and personal life. When we come to the realization that I am here in this certain point of my life. We can actually get to the point to where this responsibility is not bigger than me. Often times, people like to revert back to childhood or adolescence. Where responsibilities were at a minimum, chores could be pushed off and mom and dad could be convinced….sometimes, that those things could wait. As adults, when Netflix and chill calls but Mount Saint Dishes is in the kitchen. Remember your obligation and remember that you and your family deserve a less stressful home, a Pristine clean home.
You will thank yourself later, and then Netflix will feel more rewarding ;).
Co-Owner, Entrepreneur, Businesswoman and Operator
Pristine Clean LL C