You’re a busy person, and like many of us, probably have a hard time keeping up with tidying up your house. You might dread coming home sometimes, or put off that mountain of laundry that needs to be folded, but other than the annoyance you feel, did you realize there are health issues that can arise from having a messy house? That’s right—your health can actually suffer when your home isn’t kept clean.

Albemarle Square Family Healthcare is a Charlottesville health clinic dedicated to the health of the entire family. We provide care for babies, children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. Additionally, we can help you with mental health care, occupational health exams, and much more. Contact us now to learn more, and to schedule your appointment!

Here are some of the health benefits of a clean home.

Stress Less

Remember that mountain of laundry mentioned above? What about that sink of dishes that you’re worried the Swamp Thing has taken up residence in? How do you feel when you think of these chores you’re putting off? Your heart rate might’ve climbed just a little, and you might feel a bit ashamed. Clutter in the home can cause stress and anxiety, and make you feel tired. These three things can lower your immunity and put you at a higher risk for becoming sick. So before you put off that sink full of dishes any longer, grab a family member and get them done. Your immune system will thank you!

Breathe Better

If you suffer from allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues, you especially will want to keep your home tidy. Dander, dust, and allergens can work their way into your carpet, curtains, couch, and other upholstered surfaces of your home. This can become worse if you’re a pet owner or if you live in a humid environment that makes your home more susceptible to mold and mildew. Set a schedule to vacuum, dust, and clean off the surfaces in your home. You’d be amazed at how quickly dust can accumulate, so doing it at least once a week is ideal.

Decrease Accidents

Even a sock on the floor can cause you to trip and fall. Take a moment each day to pick up clothes and other things off the floors and put them away. This will decrease your chances of tripping and falling, which could lead to serious injuries and possibly even death. A cluttered home is also at a higher risk for fire. If your kitchen is cluttered, your chances of a house fire are increased, which could lead to severe consequences. Speaking of kitchens, if spills on the floor aren’t wiped up, especially if they’re greasy, you can slip and fall. The best method for staying on top of this is to make a point to clean up spills and clutter immediately.

Reduce Illnesses

There are a few types of illnesses you can get in your home. The first we’ll cover is the spread of a virus from one person in the house to another. If you’re sick, keep disinfectant wipes on you, wash your hands often, and as a courtesy, wipe down doorknobs and other surfaces you touch to keep them germ-free for the next person who touches them. Second, when you’re finished cooking, thoroughly wipe down the counters and other cooking surfaces to avoid the risk of food contamination. Chicken, fish, and other foods can leave microbes behind that will make you sick with food poisoning. And finally, a clean bathroom will reduce the risk of spreading e.coli and other germs. Make it a point to wipe down surfaces often to keep the germs down.

Eliminate Rodents and Pests

You may or may not be aware of any pests that have taken up residence in your home. While even clean homes can have mice and termites invade the structure of the home, a disorderly home is especially inviting to numerous pests. Cockroaches, mice, and ants really love dirty kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms, and will hide out, multiply, and leave waste behind that can make you sick. When you pick up your dirty clothes and other clutter you’re giving pests fewer places to take up residence. Try to stay on top of it every day or every few days at the most.

Keep Your Weight Down

The correlation between stress and eating is strong, and many times when people are faced with stress (such as from living in a messy home), they will reach for food for comfort. These foods are usually your typical comfort foods, such as sweets, breads, and those high in saturated fats. When you’re trying to calm yourself with food, you will likely gain weight over time, which can further contribute to the cycle of stress. Take care of yourself in more ways than one by keeping your home clean. You’ll feel better inside and out!

Do you have health concerns related to your home? If so, Albemarle Square Family Healthcare would be happy to meet with you to discuss them. Our family doctors and nurse practitioners can discuss ways to keep your home free of germs, and ways to manage your stress. To get started seeing a provider at our Charlottesville health clinic, contact our office now to discuss our providers, hours, insurance plans we take, types of visits you can schedule, and much more. Make your appointment with us today!