There is a lot you can tell about a person, by looking at the way they keep their home, from how often they do the dishes, to whether they neatly fold their clothes or throw them in a pile on the floor, and a dirty home may give you the clues you need about someone you don’t really know, or would like to know better.
So, if you’ve got a dirty home, what might it tell other people about you?
That cleaning scares you
If you’re the type of person who would rather pile their trash up in a spare room or leave the dishes festering in the sink, then you might find cleaning scary. While this might sound silly, it’s not uncommon for cleaning to evoke feelings of fear in certain people, and you may benefit from some talking therapies.
You like to procrastinate
Many people procrastinate, and not just about cleaning their home, but about a wide range of tasks and chores. While for the average person it seems logical to do a little cleaning often, instead of letting it build up until it becomes a mammoth cleaning task, many others will simply use excuses such as “I’m lazy”, “I don’t have the time to clean today”, or “I’ll do it tomorrow”, but this is not a good habit to get into. Try to start off small with tasks such as cleaning the dishes after you’ve eaten, or taking the trash out twice a week, and build up to larger cleaning tasks, until it becomes part of your regular routine.
Procrastinating can seep into all areas of your life, and can be a very negative force, so try to tackle it sooner rather than later. If you need help keeping your home clean while you get into a new routine, ask for a professional cleaning service to come in once a week and at least keep the place hygienic for you.
You might be suffering from depression
Often, people who don’t keep a clean home may be suffering from a mental illness such as depression, and the mental exhaustion and apathy leave them with no energy for cleaning; they may not even feel as if it’s important. Having feelings of low self-worth can contribute to the problem, and the individual might believe they don’t deserve to live in a clean home. That said, a clean, tidy and uncluttered home has been proven to help improve a person’s mood and fight the symptoms of depression.
What you can do to help yourself
Aside from seeking help from a therapist to tackle the root causes of your issues surrounding cleaning, having a maid come in regularly and take care of some of the bigger cleaning tasks, can be immensely helpful, and well worth the money. Once you begin to feel better, you may find there’s no need to continue employing a cleaner, but until then, take advantage of their help while you get on top of things.
Be more than what your home says about you; if your dirty home is getting you down, ask for help and don’t be afraid to take it when it’s offered. Whether it’s help from a therapist or a professional cleaner, help is help, and getting back to a happy, positive frame of mind is much more important.