Your Moment of Zen: Clean & Organized
Are you clean and organized at home? If not, it might be worth a few hours of your time to put the onus on whipping your house into shape. Recent studies reveal that a house’s state of cleanliness and organization can greatly impact a woman’s stress level.
If you’re like me, you can see the dirt while it’s accumulating, spot the crumbs on the floor, and feel the angst when disorder persists. This disarray adds to the stress I experience with a full professional workload during the day. On the other hand, my husband lives in dirt and disorder oblivion. He’s tidy, mind you, but he thinks my cleanliness borders on the obsessive. Now, this new research-backed information gives me the ammunition I need to call in the cleaning cavalry when it’s needed—it’s a matter of mental health, for goodness sake.
A survey conducted by Maid Brigade, the leading maid service company, revealed that more than 78 percent of women feel they work a “second shift” when it comes to their daily life responsibilities. It’s no wonder—working women who have additional responsibilities such as children and home care (i.e. cleaning, organization, cooking) have stress on many levels. According to the American Psychological Association, almost half of all women (49 percent) surveyed say their stress levels have increased over the past five years.