7 Tips for Housekeeping for Mindfulness & Self-Care: Transforming Chaos Into Calm

Last Updated on November 18, 2023 by Cheryl Moreo

Keeping a clean and tidy home can be much more than just a chore. Housekeeping can be a powerful tool for mindfulness and self-care. Cleaning and organizing your living space can create a calm, peaceful environment that promotes relaxation and reduces stress.

housekeeping

Before we get into the “how” of housekeeping for transforming chaos into calm, let’s read about how beneficial housekeeping can be to your mental health.

Housekeeping, the act of cleaning and maintaining your living space, can have a positive impact on your mental health in several ways:

  1. Reduced Stress: A cluttered and dirty environment can be a source of stress. When you take the time to clean and organize your space, you create a more pleasant and peaceful atmosphere. This reduction in visual chaos can help reduce stress and anxiety.
  2. Sense of Accomplishment: Completing housekeeping tasks provides a sense of accomplishment. This can boost your self-esteem and confidence, positively affecting your mental well-being.
  3. Physical Activity: Housekeeping often involves physical activity, such as sweeping, vacuuming, and scrubbing. Regular physical activity releases endorphins, natural mood lifters, and stress reducers.
  4. Improved Focus: A clean and organized space allows you to concentrate better on tasks and reduce distractions. This can enhance productivity and reduce feelings of being overwhelmed.
  5. Better Sleep: A tidy bedroom can promote better sleep. When your sleeping environment is clean and clutter-free, it can help you relax, which is essential for getting a good night’s rest.
  6. Reduction of Allergens: Cleaning helps remove allergens like dust, pet dander, and mold. This can improve respiratory health, sleep, and overall well-being, especially for those with allergies or asthma.
  7. Increased Pride in Your Home: A clean and well-maintained living space can make you feel more proud of your home. This sense of pride can positively affect your self-esteem and mental outlook.
  8. Time Management: Planning and managing your housekeeping routines can help you become more organized in other aspects of your life. Good time management can reduce feelings of chaos and stress.
  9. Social Benefits: A clean and inviting home can make you more likely to invite friends and family for a visit. Social connections and support are essential for good mental health.
  10. Sense of Control: Housekeeping allows you to exercise control over your environment, giving you a sense of stability and order and reducing the feeling of helplessness.
  11. Mental Break: Housekeeping tasks can be a way to take a mental break from other stresses or work. Focusing on cleaning can be a form of mindfulness, providing a mental break and relief.

7 tips for using housekeeping as a tool for mindfulness and self-care:

  1. Start small. Don’t try to tackle everything at once. Instead, focus on one room or even one area of a room at a time. This will help you stay focused, build momentum, avoid feeling overwhelmed,
  2. Use cleaning as a form of meditation. Focus on the task and try to clear your mind of any distractions. As you clean, pay attention to the sights, sounds, and smells around you.
  3. Take breaks. Cleaning can be physically and mentally demanding, so take breaks when needed. Use this time to recharge and refocus.
  4. Get creative. Housekeeping doesn’t have to be boring. Try to approach it as a creative pursuit. Experiment with different cleaning products and techniques, and find what works best for you. Find a place for everything. Keeping your living space clean and organized is easier when everything has a designated place. Invest in storage solutions like shelving, baskets, and boxes to help you stay organized.
  5. Let go of what you don’t need. Clutter can be a major source of stress and anxiety. To simplify your life and improve your mental well-being, let go of anything you don’t need or use.
  6. Make it a habit. Consistency is key in housekeeping as a tool for mindfulness and self-care. Try to make it a part of your daily routine, even if it’s just for a few minutes each day. Establishing a daily or weekly routine helps you stay on top of clutter and maintain a tidier living space. Set aside a specific time each day or week for tidying up, and stick to it.
  7. Celebrate your progress. Take time to acknowledge and celebrate your progress as you tidy up your living space. Whether it’s a small step like organizing a single drawer or a larger accomplishment like decluttering an entire room, pat yourself on the back and enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes with a cleaner, more organized living space.

While housekeeping can positively affect your mental health, it’s important to strike a balance. Obsessive or excessive cleaning can lead to stress and perfectionism. Finding a routine that works for you and doesn’t become a source of additional stress is vital. If housekeeping feels overwhelming, consider seeking help or ways to simplify your cleaning routines.

You can create a more peaceful and relaxing living environment by using housekeeping as a tool for mindfulness and self-care. So, the next time you clean, take a moment to appreciate the benefits it can bring to your mental health and overall well-being.

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.


Clean Mama Housekeeping logo

I have been a fan of Clean Mama for several years. I am a member of her Homekeeping Club. You can find her products on Amazon or order directly from her shop.


Grove Co.

I am a customer of Grove Co. Their slogan is “Grove Co. brings you safe formulas, sustainable packaging, and superior performance for a clean home and a brighter tomorrow.” Their products are also available in department stores, on their website, and on Amazon.


SaleBestseller No. 1
Grove Co. Multi-Purpose Cleaner, Refill Concentrate (6 x 1 Fl Oz) Plant-based Household Cleaning Supplies, Ammonia & Chlorine Free, No Plastic Waste, Orange & Rosemary Scent, Total 3 x 2 Pack Refills
  • ALL PURPOSE CLEANER REFILLS: Great multipurpose cleaner bulk value refill packs. Simply pour the concentrated cleaner refill into our 16-ounce spray bottle (sold separately), fill with water, shake it and start cleaning. All while saving plastic waste
  • CUTS 2X MORE GREASE: This high-performance multisurface cleaner spray cuts 2x more grease than other natural brands.* Our surface cleaning solution is thoughfully formulated with 92% plant-based ingredients crafted to be sustainably powerful
  • ALL NATURAL FRAGRANCE: Our all-purpose household cleaners are formulated with 100% natural fragrance using essential oils & plant extracts. Choose from our delightful scent refills like Lavender & Thyme or Lemon & Eucalyptus. We are plastic and cruelty-free
  • NO HARSH CHEMICALS: Our cleaning solution is made with no parabens, phthalates, phosphates, amonia, chlorine bleach, synthetic dyes or synthetic fragrance and is packaged in infinitely recyclable glass and 100% recycled paper to help offset your plastic waste
  • NO PLASTIC WASTE: Grove Co. products are crafted to reduce plastic waste and be sustainably powerful for a clean & healthy home and planet. We use recycled materials such as glass, aluminium and paper to help keep plastic waste out of your home and landfills
Bestseller No. 2
Grove Co. Ultimate Dish Soap Refills (3 x 16 Fl Oz) Removes 48-hr Stuck-on Food & Grease, No Plastic or Parabens, 100% Natural Orange & Rosemary Fragrance
  • SPARKLING CLEAN DISHES: Our Grove Co. Orange & Rosemary Dish Soap Refill is crafted to be sustainably powerful for a healthy home and planet. Pair with our Refillable Dish Soap Dispenser. A durable and mindful housewarming gift
  • TOUGH ON STUCK-ON FOOD & GREASE: Our high-performance dishwashing liquid removes 48-hour stuck-on food and greasy messes. Pour the refill into our 16-ounce dispenser and start washing to cut grease in seconds
  • ALL NATURAL FRAGRANCE: Our dish soap refills are formulated with 100% natural fragrance using essential oils and plant extracts. Choose from a range of delightful scent refills like Lemon & Eucalyptus or Lavender Blossom & Thyme
  • NO HARSH CHEMICALS: Our thoughtfully formulated cleaning solution is hard working, and made with 98% plant-based ingredients that include no triclosan, parabens, phthalates, phosphates or dyes. Plus they are plastic and cruelty-free
  • NO PLASTIC WASTE: Grove Co. dish soap refills are packaged in infinitely recyclable aluminum and a recycled Kraft paper box to help you and your family keep plastic waste out of your home and one less plastic dish soap bottle out of our landfills.
Bestseller No. 4
Grove Co. Tub and Tile Cleaner Refill Concentrate (2 x 1 Fl Oz) + 1 x Reusable Glass Spray Bottle (16 Oz) Plant-Based Cleaning Supplies Bundle, No Plastic Waste, 100% Natural Lemon & Eucalyptus Scent
  • TUB & TILE CLEANER + SPRAY BOTTLE SET: Keep your tub and shower clean and soap scum free with this Grove Co. bundle that includes a 2-pack Lemon & Eucalyptus scented Tub and Tile Cleaner + Clear Spray Bottle. A durable and mindful housewarming gift
  • POWERFUL BATHROOM CLEANER: Grove Collaborative tile and tub cleaner concentrate removes hard water build-up, and is proven to remove 4 times more soap scum than other natural brands* while being gentler toward the environment
  • ALL NATURAL FRAGRANCE: Our tile and bathtub cleaner is formulated with 100% natural fragrance using essential oils and plant extracts. Choose from a range of delightful scent refills like Lavender & Thyme, Lemon & Eucalyptus or Orange & Rosemary
  • REUSABLE CLEAR SPRAY BOTTLE: Sleek and functional, our reusable cleaning spray bottle is designed with partially-recycled glass and a silicone sleeve. Our Slide & Snap labeling system lets you customize the bottle for your household cleaning routine
  • NO PLASTIC WASTE: Packaged in infinitely recyclable glass and recycled paper, our tile and bath tub cleaner concentrates and spray bottles are crafted to reduce plastic waste and be sustainably powerful for a clean and healthy home and planet
Bestseller No. 5
Grove Co. Hydrating Gel Hand Soap Refills (2 x 13 Fl Oz) + 1 x Reuseable Glass Soap Dispenser, Plastic-Free & Liquid Refillable Starter Kit, Natural Orange & Rosemary Fragrance
  • GEL HAND WASH & DISPENSER SET: Keep hands feeling clean and soft with this sustainable Grove Co. bundle that includes two Orange & Rosemary Scented Liquid Hand Soap Refills and one Glass Soap Dispenser. A durable home starter kit or housewarming gift
  • CLEAN AND SOFT FEELING HANDS: Our Hydrating Hand Soap Concentrate Refill effectively cleans hands without drying the skin. Thoughtfully formulated, the hydrating formula is infused with moisturizing aloe vera so hands always feel soft after washing
  • ALL NATURAL FRAGRANCE: Our hand soaps are formulated with 100 percent natural fragrance using essential oils and plant extracts. Choose from a range of delightful scent refills or opt for an unscented formula. No harsh chemicals, Paraben and Cruelty-Free
  • REUSABLE HAND SOAP DISPENSER: Both sleek and functional, our reusable Hand Soap Dispenser is designed with partially-recycled, lead-free glass and a stainless-steel pump. Durable glass alternative to help keep plastic waste out of your home and landfills
  • NO PLASTIC WASTE: Our hand soap refills are packaged in infinitely recyclable aluminum and our refillable glass dispensers are crafted to be sustainably powerful for a healthy home and planet. Packaged in a recycled and recyclable kraft paper box
Bestseller No. 6
Grove Co. Floor Cleaner Refill Concentrate Variety Pack (6 x 1 Fl Oz) Plant-based Household Cleaning Supplies, Ammonia & Chlorine Free, No Plastic Waste, 100% Natural Scent, 3 x 2 Pack Refills
  • FLOOR CLEANER LIQUID REFILLS: Grove Co. floor cleaning solution, bulk value refill variety scent pack. Pair with our 16-ounce reusable glass spray bottle (sold separately). A durable and mindful housewarming gift to save plastic waste
  • CLEAN & STREAK-FREE FLOORS: Grove Collaborative floor cleaner solution removes common stains like dirt, red crayon, coffee and grape juice from tile, laminate & finished wood floor so your floors can shine without any streaking or leftover residue*
  • ALL NATURAL FRAGRANCE: Our household floor cleaners are formulated with 100 % natural fragrance using essential oils and plant extracts. This variety pack includes Lavender & Thyme, Lemon & Eucalyptus and Orange & Rosemary scented concentrate refills
  • NO HARSH CHEMICALS: Our floor cleaning concentrate refills are made with 96% plant-based ingredients that include no parabens, phthalates, phosphates, formaldehyde, ammonia, chlorine bleach or dyes. Plus they are plastic and cruelty free
  • NO PLASTIC WASTE: Packaged in infinitely recyclable glass and recycled paper, our floor cleaners for tile and wood floors are crafted to reduce plastic waste in our landfills and be sustainably powerful for a clean and healthy home and planet
Bestseller No. 7
Grove Co. Bubble-Up Dish Soap Dispenser & Brush Set, Ergonomically Designed Dish Scrubber, Removes Tough Messes, Gentle on Dishes, Sustainable Solution to The World’s Waste
  • Effective Cleaning Companion: Tackle tough messes with Grove Co Bubble-Up Dish Soap Dispenser and Brush Set. This kitchen essential provides some serious scrubbing power for cleaning dishes & cookware, ensuring soap suds are always on hand when you need them
  • Simple to Use: The dish scrub brush set is easy to use. Add soap and a splash of water to the ceramic base. Pump the bamboo brush up and down on the recycled plastic spring to generate foam, and start scrubbing. Refill with soap and water as necessary
  • Easy Care Design: Your dish brush with soap dispenser is easy to clean. Wash the brush with warm, soapy water. Pop the ceramic base of the soap dispenser on the top rack of your dishwasher. The brush is replaceable to easily renew this dishwashing set
  • Why We Love Our Dish Brush Set: The user-friendly dish brush is ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand for easy cleaning. The kitchen scrub brush effortlessly stores in the ceramic soap dispenser base when you’re not using it
  • GROVE CO.: We believe in transforming household products into a force for good. Our four-point standard ensures ingredient transparency, prioritizing plant-based formulas, focusing on sustainable packaging & 100% cruelty-free products
Bestseller No. 8
Grove Co. Air Freshener Concentrate (4 x 1 fl oz) Liquid Room Spray Refills, SANCTUARY Room Fragrance – 100% Natural Lavender, Blue Sage and Clove Fragrance
  • DISCOVER YOUR SANCTUARY AT HOME: This Grove Co. bulk value refill pack includes 4 x 1 fl oz serene & soothing Lavender & Sage scented room spray concentrates. Pair with our refillable glass spray bottle (sold separately). A mindful housewarming gift
  • CREATE MOMENTS OF PEACE: Our Sanctuary air freshener refill is a soothing and calming blend of Lavender, Blue Sage & Clove essential oils and plant extracts. Our vegan, paraben-free and cruelty-free room spray formula ensures a healthier home fragrance
  • REDUCE PLASTIC WASTE: Packaged in fully recyclable glass bottles with an aluminum cap, our concentrated room spray refills are crafted to help reduce plastic waste in our landfills and be sustainably powerful for a clean and healthy home and planet
  • FRESHEN UP YOUR HOME: Experience a room deodorizer that’s both effective and kind to the planet. Our air freshener spray concentrates help preserve the air quality in your home* naturally. Uplift any room with the power of essential oils fragrance
  • GROVE COLLABORATIVE: At Grove, we believe in transforming household products into a force for good. Our four-point standard ensures ingredient transparency, prioritizing plant-based formulas, focusing on sustainable packaging & 100% cruelty-free products
Bestseller No. 9
Grove Co. Glass Cleaner, Refill Concentrate (6 x 1 Fl Oz) Streak Free, Plant-Based Household Cleaning Supplies, No Plastic Waste, 100% Natural Lemon & Eucalyptus Fragrance, 3 x 2 Pack Refills
  • GLASS CLEANER LIQUID REFILLS: Grove Co. glass cleaning solution, bulk value refill pack in Lemon & Eucalyptus scent. Pair with our 16-ounce reusable glass spray bottle (sold separately). A durable and mindful housewarming gift to save plastic waste
  • CLEAN & STREAK-FREE GLASS: Grove Collaborative glass cleaning solution cleans and polishes window, mirror and glass surfaces without leaving streaks, smears or leftover film behind* while being gentler toward the environment
  • ALL NATURAL FRAGRANCE: Our glass cleaner concentrate is formulated with 100 % natural fragrance using essential oils and plant extracts. Choose from a range of delightful scent refills like Lavender & Thyme, Lemon & Eucalyptus or Orange & Rosemary
  • NO HARSH CHEMICALS: Our glass cleaning concentrate refills are made with 95% plant-based ingredients that include no parabens, phthalates, phosphates, formaldehyde, ammonia, chlorine bleach or dyes. Plus they are plastic and cruelty free
  • NO PLASTIC WASTE: Packaged in infinitely recyclable glass and recycled paper, our glass cleaner concentrates are crafted to reduce plastic waste in our landfills and be sustainably powerful for a clean and healthy home and planet
Bestseller No. 10
Grove Co. Wool Dryer Balls, Reusable Laundry Balls for Dryer, 100% New Zealand Wool, Reduce Drying Time, Wrinkles & Static, Sustainably Designed Laundry Essentials, Hypoallergenic, Unscented, 3 Pack
  • SUSTAINABLE WOOL BALLS FOR DRYER: These hypoallergenic Grove Co. Wool Dryer Balls help reduce wrinkles and drying time, providing a sustainable alternative to traditional dryer sheets. Our all-natural dryer balls are a must-have in your laundry supplies
  • REUSABLE LAUNDRY ESSENTIAL: These reusable laundry balls, made with 100% New Zealand wool, are plastic-free & crafted to be sustainably powerful for a healthy home and planet. They’re designed to reduce drying time by 25%, and energy consumption, too
  • DRYER BALLS REALLY DO WORK: Our dryer wool balls are made of soft wool and nothing else. They aren’t loud while in use and have no hard or loud tumbling action. They separate laundry to allow more air to circulate, softening clothes and preventing static
  • DRYER BALLS REALLY DO WORK: Our dryer wool balls are made of soft wool and nothing else. They aren’t loud while in use and have no hard or loud tumbling action. They separate laundry to allow more air to circulate, softening clothes and preventing static
  • GROVE CO.: We believe in transforming household products into a force for good. Our four-point standard ensures ingredient transparency, prioritizing plant-based formulas, focusing on sustainable packaging & 100% cruelty-free products

Other Lifestyle posts about healthy living.

Would love your thoughts, please comment or ask a question!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll to Top
%d bloggers like this: