Let’s face it, constantly cleaning, organizing and putting stuff away is not anyone’s idea of a good time.  But keeping your home clean on a consistent basis is important for a number of reasons. You might not realize that cleaning can give you a sense of satisfaction which releases endorphins and makes you feel better. Even if the reasons below don’t spark motivation for you to keep your house clean, maybe remembering that feeling good when you are done can keep you focused.

Removing allergens – Keeping your home dust free will remove allergens from your home. Dust contains dust mite excrement, which is the true cause of dust allergies. Dusting your home on a weekly basis keeps the allergens at a safe and manageable level. You can also use a HEPA air filter to help remove dust from the air, which keeps the dust from settling on the furniture, meaning you can dust less often.

Lowers stress – A clean and organized house can lower stress levels for you and your family. Marie Kondo’s “KonMari Method” of tiding up recommends getting rid of anything that doesn’t give you joy. Things that don’t give you joy are probably adding stress to your life and should be removed. Once removed, you will feel better and will have a little less stress in your life.

Home safety – For the safety of your family and pets, you want to remove the dirt and clutter from your home. Frequent cleaning removes germs. Not to mention too much clutter can cause trips, falls and accidents.  Items stacked too high can fall down and be dangerous. Items left in the middle of the floor can cause a fall which can lead to a debilitating injury.

Germ-free – Cleaning and disinfecting should be a priority for your cleaning regimen. Some people do not realize that you cannot disinfect a surface that has not been cleaned first. Using disinfecting wipes on a dirty surface does not kill germs. Areas must be cleaned first with soap and warm water, rinsed completely, and then disinfected. The disinfectant needs to sit on the surface for 10 minutes or more to kill the germs.

Pest removal – Dirty homes are a haven for nasty pests such as ants, spiders, mice, and even flour moths. Leftover food attracts ants which are very difficult to remove from your home.  They are attracted to spills and drips on floors and cabinets.  By keeping your kitchen spotless you are working to keep ants and rodents away. Cobwebs are really just spider webs with dust on them. You’ll want to dust and vacuum walls and ceilings to get rid of the spiders that are making the webs.  Keep your food products in airtight containers which will keep the flour moths from infiltrating your pantry. Keep your shelves spotless so there is nothing in the pantry to attract them.