We are all different and what motivates me might not motivate you, and vice versa, but we do seem to be more united in our appreciation of a clean home. For some of our customers a clean home means more time to do the things they truly enjoy – that, rather than DIY carpet cleaning on a Saturday morning; for some, a thorough hygiene cleaning gives them a sense of peace and control, which then has other positive ripple effects in their life; and for others the fact that they can call on us for pre occupation cleaning before they move into a new house is a huge stress relief which also leaves them feeling calmer.
We know most of us feel more positive in a clean space, but if there was ever any doubt, we can turn to science to back us up.
A study done at the University of California entitled Home Tours Correlate with Daily Patterns of Mood and Cortisol, analysed 60 dual-income spouses’ self-guided home tours by calculating the frequency of words used to describe either clutter, and a sense of incompletion in the home; as opposed to restful words, and nature words – the first two categories were indicative of a stressful home whereas the last two categories were considered indicative of a restorative home. Following the women over the course of three weekdays, (and allowing for other factors that might skew the data) the results showed that ‘women with higher stressful home scores had increased depressed mood over the course of the day, whereas women with higher restorative home scores had decreased depressed mood over the day’.
Another extensive study, Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors, followed 32 American families over a four-year period to examine how the material surroundings and vast number of possessions affected the meaning and well-being of the average person. The observations were startling, but two findings in particular spoke to the negative effect of clutter – ‘Managing the volume of possessions was such a crushing problem in many homes that it actually elevated levels of stress hormones for mothers [and] only 25 percent of garages could be used to store cars because they were so packed with stuff.’
If you find your cortisol levels are climbing and it’s directly related to the state of your home, then let us help you do something about it – call us today and join the ranks of our many happy customers by allowing us to do your next spring cleaning, carpet cleaning or whatever form your hygiene cleaning needs may take!