By Elizabeth Rogers
They’re the places we eat, sleep, work, relax, play and do just about everything else — but after a long winter our homes can feel more like dungeons than sanctuaries. Outside, nature is cleaning up its act and renewing the environment; and indoors, many of us are doing the same. It’s the season to amend our untidy habits.
Why bother? There’s something to be said for having your home in order. If an environment looks like a disaster area, it can cause stress-related problems for the people living there. Worse yet, these problems don’t get left on the doorstep — they often follow family members to school and work.
On the flip side, a clean, organized living space offers many rewards. It’s a joy to come home to, and it also makes the day-to-day business of life much easier. It provides a sense of well being and boosts confidence.
“If you have a clean house, you have a clean life,” says lifestyle expert Mike Chalut. “Everything starts at home. When your house is clean and organized, you’re ready to take on the outside world.”
And he would know: as co-host of Kim’s Rude Awakenings, he has helped reform messy and cluttered homes — and the families living in them — and has seen how these organizational makeovers improve quality of life. Cleaning house, though it seems like an unpleasant task, does wonders for boosting the spirit.
It’s not surprising then that spring cleaning can wash away those winter blues. To help you get started, Chalut offers these tips.
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