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Did you know that we spend at least three years of our lives in our kitchens? According to a survey run by AGA Cookshop, we cook for around 72 minutes per day, which means the average person spends around three years of their lives slaving over a stove.

Given that we spend so much time in our kitchens and it’s also where we prepare (and, often, eat) our food, it’s only natural for us to strive to keep it looking spick and span. Whether that’s by using a Phoenix house cleaning service, or a cleaning service wherever you are based, or simply keeping it in a clean condition yourself. However, not only can having a clean kitchen help to impress your guests and keep bacteria at bay, but it can also do wonders for your mental health.

10 Ways a Clean Kitchen Can Benefit Mental Health

1. Cleanliness is a form of self-respect

When we’re fighting a losing battle against a never-ending to-do list, it can be only too easy to put off household chores and allow them to build up, especially if you’ve been feeling particularly depressed or anxious.

However, having a healthy work-life balance and being able to prioritise tasks which are beneficial to our physical and mental well-being is a great way to demonstrate self-respect and recognise our individual self-worth. Set aside some time for cleaning each day; you’ll be surprised what you can achieve in short bursts – just 15 minutes a day will add up to over one hour of cleaning by the end of the week!

2. Cleaning our kitchens is therapeutic

“Believe it or not, cleaning can be a rather fulfilling task. A recent survey by OfferUp revealed that 70% of us gain a feeling of accomplishment from cleaning, 61% claim it makes us feel “destressed” and 54% like the feeling of “relaxation” that cleaning offers. Check out Aroma Care Solution’s article for more reasons why cleaning can help to boost our mental health.

3. We can practice mindfulness while cleaning our kitchens

Taking time out from our busy lifestyles to sit back and reflect on our lives, our feelings and our goals can play a big role in enabling us to maintain our mental health. Practicing mindfulness is a great way to encourage our minds to relax and unwind, enabling us to think more calmly and clearly.

The next time you’re washing the dishes, spend a few minutes simply focusing on how the warmth of the water and the soft, fluffy bubbles feel against your hands as you notice the aroma of the washing-up liquid wafting through the air. No doubt you’ll feel much more relaxed and perhaps even mentally inspired afterwards.

Washing a fork under a tap

4. Clearing the clutter can free up our brains

Clean house, clean mind. There’s nothing worse than walking into your kitchen when it’s looking like a pig sty; it’s a sure-fire way to lower your mood and leave you feeling deflated. After all, what’s the point in splashing out on fancy new cabinets and Quartz counters unless you’re going to look after them?

There’s a reason why potential home-buyers declutter their homes before putting them onto the market; the negative vibes associated with clutter can be enough to put someone off living in a particular home.

5. Cleaning provides a good opportunity to organise our kitchens

While cleaning out your kitchen, why not take the chance to organise any untidy areas as well?

Cleaning out your cupboard provides the perfect opportunity to organise your spices, for example. You could decide to invest in a purpose-built storage solution or, alternatively, save mushroom cartons and use them to store individual spices. When our kitchens are organised, we’re more likely to feel at ease with ourselves – after all, no one wants to spend five minutes rooting around for spices at the back of their cupboard when they’re slaving over a hot stove!

Similarly, cleaning your kitchen also provides an opportunity to identify any broken appliances and source alternative parts where possible. Check out Spares2You to find affordable spare parts for many popular kitchen appliances.

6. Having a clean kitchen can make you more productive

We’ve already established that a clean kitchen can encourage us to relax and help to banish anxiety, but you may be surprised to hear that it could actually enable you to get more done.

When our kitchens are untidy, we struggle to devote our full attention to the tasks we set out to achieve each day, resulting in reduced productivity levels.

In contrast, a kitchen free from clutter, dust and dirt is a distraction-free place. It’s somewhere you can go when you want to free up your mind to focus on speeding through your to-do list, without having to worry about catching up on cleaning.

to-do list written on paper, next to a pen

7. Your household will be more harmonious

Having a clean kitchen doesn’t just benefit your own mental health; it also boosts the mindset of those around you who also spend a considerable amount of time in the kitchen.

If we make a conscious effort to keep our kitchens looking tidy, those we live with will also benefit from increased feelings of relaxation and positivity. There’s nothing worse than having to pick wet towels up off the floor, constantly lower the toilet seat or being the only one who ever empties the bin. Tidying up after yourself is a great way to show respect to others, avoid arguments and maintain a happy household.

8. You’ll be more socially confident

Although we’ll be unable to invite our friends over for a catch-up any time soon, in normal circumstances, having a clean kitchen can make us more likely to invite visitors to our home.

No doubt we’d be pretty reluctant to invite our friends over to admire the stack of dishes piling up in the kitchen sink or the rubbish overflowing from the waste bin. If we keep our kitchens looking tidy, we’ll be much more likely to want to spend time with our friends at home, perhaps by throwing dinner parties or sharing a few drinks. In turn, this can help us to feel more socially connected and improve confidence in interacting with others.

9. Cleaning is a great form of physical exercise

It’s no secret that keeping in shape through regular exercise benefits not only our physical health, but our mental health too.

Cleaning is an excellent form of exercise and, best of all, it’s completely free and it can be done from the comfort of your own home, regardless of your fitness levels. Shed the calories with intense chores like hoovering, mopping the floors or cleaning the windows, or take it relatively easy and stick to washing the dishes, ironing or emptying the bin. No matter how small it may seem, if you build it into your routine and do it on a regular basis, you’ll boost your exercise levels – and, therefore, your mental health – in the long-run.

10. A clean kitchen gives you peace of mind

Going back to basics in this final point, let’s take a look at how having a clean kitchen can help to give you peace of mind. Our kitchens are where we cook (and, often, eat) the majority of our food. Work surfaces and chopping boards can be a breeding ground for bacteria, yet we need them in order to prepare our meals. If we didn’t take the time to clean them properly, we’d be putting ourselves at risk of ingesting harmful bacteria.

With this in mind, ensuring we keep our kitchens clean enables us to take comfort in the knowledge that we can prepare our food in healthy, hygienic environments, without having to worry about making ourselves ill with food poisoning.

How often do you clean your kitchen and does it improve your mental health? Share your thoughts by commenting below.

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30 Comments on 10 Mental Health Benefits Of A Clean Kitchen

  1. This is brilliant, I’m going to show my partner so he can understand why my kitchen causes me so much stress!

    We need a new one, it is big but with no storage at all, I actually screamed at the cupboard I stack my pots and pans in yesterday because it is just so small and you can’t get anything out without the whole lot collapsing on to the floor!

    It’s an embarrassment, I hate people coming over and seeing it!

    When I finally get my new kitchen I know I will feel so much calmer and happy, I love nothing more than cleaning a shiny kitchen x

    • Thanks Claire, glad you like my blog post. I am always battling with spices falling out of my cupboards and running out of storage space for my pots and pans. I had a good clear out at the beginning of lockdown and I’m so thankful I did, it’s much better now πŸ˜€

  2. Some fantastic tips! The kitchen is definitely the heart of the home! I really need to utilise these and crack on with tidying mine up! It’s just one of those dull chores to keep on top of, but I seem to be in Spring Clean mode at the moment! Sim x

    • I think so too; I spend so much time in my kitchen! I love cooking and it’s also a social space for me and my housemates to chat and eat together.

  3. Although I don’t enjoy cleaning I do like having a clean kitchen and that motivates me to clean. An untidy kitchen stresses me out. I’m on the case daily!

  4. Although I don’t enjoy cleaning I like having a clean kitchen which motivates me to clean. An untidy kitchen stresses me out. I’m on the case daily!

    • Me too! I don’t mind cleaning once I get into the flow of it, but the thought of it can be daunting at times.

  5. I think I spend too much time in the kitchen and when the kitchen is organised and tidy I find that I can cook in a calm way as all the ingredients are easily seen

  6. I really love nothing more than a big deep clean – it’s so theraputic and I just feel so much better afterwards, like a weight has been lifted and it’s so lovely to relax in a sparkly house!

    • Totally know what you mean there – it always leaves me feeling happy and organised πŸ™‚

  7. Both my wife and I are cleaners when we are annoyed or having issues, so we utlisise this a great option as our mental wellbeing, it can be very distracting and satisfying, great post!.

  8. I could not agree with you more on this one, a clean house especially kitchen deffo helps the mind x

    • 100%! I live in a shared house and when it gets cluttered, I can really feel it in my mood.

  9. I think you’re so right that clearing up the clutter can help clear our minds. For me the kitchen is a place to entertain, and a place to get creative which is hard to do if the kitchen isn’t clean x

  10. During lockdown we gutted the kitchen and cleaned it from top to bottom, it was so therapeutic and so much easier to manage now

  11. I definitely feel better when my kitchen is clean, but ours is quite small with very little work and cupboard space which often makes it neerly impossible to keep perfect!

  12. All this is 100% true! I HATE a messy kitchen, if I go to cook and the kitchen is messy and turn straight back around lol I also feel anxious in case anyone were to pop round because I am so embarrassed by having mess in my house. And yes definitely, as much as I put it off and moan about doing it, I feel so good about myself when cleaning

    • Haha, I’m glad it’s so relatable for you too πŸ™‚ When I have a messy kitchen, I tend to cook only quick meals – often lacking in nutrition – and it definitely makes me feel more anxious too.

  13. I can relate to this, I always feel so much better when the kitchen is looking nice and clean! Although with the boys off school I am finding it harder keeping on top of chores.

  14. i like having a clean kitchen and home for sure πŸ™‚ although cleaning the kitchen is the least therapeutic room for me haha

  15. I have literally cleaned my kitchen today and could not agree more! I feel so much better knowing it’s clean and tidy.

    • I had a good house clean yesterday and I feel so much better for it. Boosts your mood doesn’t it?!

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