Clean vs. Dirty

clean dirty home mental stateMost everyone has a goal of keeping their living space clean and picked up, but not everyone knows how to meet that goal. Some of us regularly have clean homes while others struggle with meeting this responsibility. Did you know that the state of your home can actually say something about your mental state? Psychologists and mental health experts have found associations between mental hardships and uncleanliness in the home environment.

We all know people who seemingly have the energy to do it all: live social lives of purpose and activity, all the while keeping their homes impeccably clean. We think of them as charmed, but in reality, this type of person is statistically more likely to be mentally balanced. Studies show that those who maintain a clean and organized home are more likely to be confident, level-headed, mentally stable, in control and have good time and life management skills.

On the flip side, there are those who cannot seem to keep a clean home, regardless of their life circumstances. In busy times or in peaceful times, their home looks like a disaster area. There are many factors that may contribute to a messy home, but statistically speaking, those who live in squalor are more likely to be out of control, undisciplined, mentally unstable and have poor time and life management skills. The possibility that this type of person lives with a mental illness or an addiction problem is also very real.

The moral is, if you have bad housekeeping habits and you identify with the statistical qualities of others who have bad housekeeping habits, you would be wise to change your ways. You do not have to do this alone. There are a number of professional services available to help you, including life coaching, cleanliness and organization coaching, counseling, mental health evaluations, rehabilitation and addiction counseling. Whatever is holding you back from having a clean house can be beaten with care and devotion.