We all have busy lives, there’s no doubt about that. Sometimes doing our laundry or making the bed after we wake up simply isn’t at the top of our priority lists. It’s easy to just close your door and forget about the mess you’ve left behind. But it’s not easy to forget about the germs and bacteria that could be collecting if you ignore it for too long.
Keeping a clean room is an achievable goal with many benefits. It doesn’t take much to keep your room clean and orderly, just a little time and dedication.
Having a dirty room can affect your mind negatively, even if you aren’t aware of it. In class, we talked about correlation and causation. A messy room has been proven to both correlate to and cause depression in people, says psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter in Psychology Today. “Your bedroom is your personal space. It’s where you drift off, wake up and likely spend a lot of me time. Unlike a cluttered space, an uncluttered room won’t overstimulate your senses, distract you, make relaxation difficult or trigger guilt for letting things get out of control,” says Carter. I think we can all agree after a day spent cleaning we feel like we have our life in order. It’s a refreshing feeling when you are organized and is definitely good for your mind. According to Charles Duhigg’s, The Power of Habit, “making your bed every morning is directly correlated with higher levels of productivity and overall happiness.”
The benefits of a clean room don’t just lift your spirits, they help your health as well. How many of us suffer from allergies? The annoying runny noses, sneezing, and coughs when the seasons are changing? Well, believe it or not, a clean room can lead to improvement with your allergies. Dust mites, mold, dander, and. many other allergy aggravators often live in fabrics like carpeting, bed linens, curtains and pillows. What do all these things have in common? That’s right, they pretty much make up your bedroom. Washing your linens and cleaning these allergy promotors could significantly improve them.
And how stressful is it when you are running late and you have to search through piles of clothing and messes just to find a shirt. With an organized room, there’s a place for everything and everything’s in its place. You won’t find yourself running late anymore or not being able to find the paper you need to hand in for class.
If I told you making your bed in the morning would increase your self-esteem, would you do it? The feeling of accomplishment you get when you simply make your bed in the morning can be a big deal. It can make you feel productive and proud of yourself for starting your day off right. Being proud and productive will certainly increase one’s self esteem. According to Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, “making the bed in the morning was the number one most impactful change that people brought up repeatively.”
So if one quick cleaning sesh could improve your daily life so much everyday, why not do it? Not only could you kiss your pesky allergies goodbye, but you can lift your spirits, becoming a happy and healthier person. We could all use a little less stress in our busy, high pace lives. So next time you’re about to shut the door on your cluttered dorm room, remember the benefits of a clean room, turn around, and decide to make today different from all the others and clean your room.