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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Hill

Cleaning and mental health

I started The Dirt Detectives in 2015 by helping a friend out. He was a great friend but not too good at cleaning, stuff would be everywhere! Our common bond was music and he owned a studio. I was an artist that loved to record and you couldn't beat his prices, but I hated to go there because of the condition of his apartment. One day God put it on my heart to help him clean his apartment so I spent an entire Saturday cleaning his place and taking out all the trash. Afterwards the 1st thing he expressed about his now cleaned apartment was "now I can have people over". A phrase that sticks with me to this day! He said that he usually never let people in. Not sure why he chose me as one of the rare few to let in his world but I truly to this day appreciate his friendship. It helped me to recognize my purpose, gave me a vision and passion for helping people, and also led me into the realization of how a cluttered and dirty home can affect people mentally as well as physically and emotionally. I watched my friend who was a loner and quite the cat person metamorphosize into a husband and dog owner. When I looked back over my life I noticed that from a child I've always like to clean and keep things organized so I decided to turn my purpose and passion into a paycheck.

Science proves that keeping things clean and organized is good for you. Women who described their living spaces as “cluttered” or full of “unfinished projects” were more likely to be depressed and fatigued than women who described their homes as “restful” and “restorative.” The researchers also found that women with cluttered homes expressed higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. They also found that clutter can actually make it more difficult to focus on a particular task. Specifically, they found that the visual cortex can be overwhelmed by task-irrelevant objects, making it harder to allocate attention and complete tasks efficiently. *Psychology Today


What makes staying organized so difficult?

Problem: You have too much clutter.

As we go through life, we pick up little (or big) objects that we don’t necessarily need.

Possible Solution:

Getting rid of clutter can be difficult, especially since we often attach emotional feelings to old objects. Try your best to donate or throw away your clutter. If you’re afraid to let certain things go, try taking photographs of them so that you’ll always have a physical reminder. You might also find new places to store these objects as your house becomes more organized.

Problem: You don’t have enough time.

Organizing just one room takes a LOT of time. When faced with the prospect of organizing your entire home, you might be tempted to give up before you start. How are you supposed to keep up with your career, your family, and your hobbies if you’re spending all of your time cleaning? Unfortunately, when your home is disorganized, you work less efficiently, giving you even less free time. It can become a vicious cycle.

Possible Solution:

Take things one step at a time. Spend 30 minutes a day on cleaning and organization. If you don’t have time for that, try 15 minutes. If you don’t have time for that, try 10 minutes. If you just don't have the time, book a cleaning appointment with us and let us take care of your cleaning and organization needs for you.

I hope this has been insightful and informative! I'm new to blogging but I have so much to share! Hope you Enjoy!

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