- What is Cleanliness?
- What are the Benefits of Cleanliness?
- Final Thoughts
If you have been struggling to find the motivation to clean up your environment, you are not alone. Everyone has experienced that at some point in their lives. I have been experiencing that a lot in my life too. But what keeps me alert to always cleaning and tidying my environment is the benefits that come with cleanliness.
In this article, I am going to share with you some of these benefits that continue to inspire me to undertake clean-up exercises at home.
What is Cleanliness?
Cleanliness refers to the state of being clean or free from stains, dirt, trash, and unwanted matter. To us, cleanliness concerns both the physical and spiritual purity of an individual.
Therefore, we can categorize cleanliness into physical cleanliness and spiritual cleanliness. Cleanliness is achieved by cleaning ourselves, our environments, and our souls.
What are the Benefits of Cleanliness?
The following are some of the benefits you can enjoy if you engage in cleaning activities:
It Reduces Accidents at Home
This is one of the most important motivators for me to make sure my body and environment are clean. Slips and falls are some of the most common accidents at home. One of its causes is having unnecessary clutter around the home.
Another accident is a fire due to gas leakage. This sometimes happens due to uncleansed corrosion creating a leakage on cooking ware. For example, one of our neighbors experienced a fire outbreak in his home. An investigation revealed that it was due to gas leakage from a rusted area on his gas cooker.
Therefore, maintaining cleanliness can reduce the incidence of accidents in your home.
It Provides Your Home or Surroundings with Fresh Air and Looks
Dirt and stains in our bodies and environments produce unpleasant odors or smells. This makes us uncomfortable. That’s why we find it difficult to stay in a bad, smelly home or environment. So, cleaning ourselves and our environment gives us some fresh air to breathe.
Imagine the freshness we will experience when we wear clean clothes and stay in a clean house. Also, our environment looks great if cleaned and tidied. So, we must work hard to keep it clean.
It Increases the Value of Your Home If You Want to Sell It
Regarding our homes, cleanliness increases its value. Even though you may not have a plan to sell your house, there are situations that can compel you to do so.
In that case, the looks and cleanness of your home can convince realtors to value it higher. This translates into more money for it. The reverse is the case if you don’t keep it clean.
It Reduces Cost of Furnishing Your Home
Maintaining a clean house reduces the costs you will incur in furnishing it. Dirt is powerful in destroying surfaces around us in our environment when left on them for too long.
So, it is better to keep the surfaces out of the reach of dirt in order for them to last longer. For example, if you don’t clean your kitchen appliances or tools, they will be prone to breakdown.
With that, you have to replace them, and that increases the cost of maintaining the home.
It Reduces the Cost of Eating Outside
I don’t know how you feel when you are hungry and your cooking wares are dirty. I have been there on numerous occasions, especially at the university. When that happens, I quickly run to a restaurant to order something to eat.
However, I don’t fancy eating outside that much. This, therefore, increases the cost of eating at the restaurant. It also inconveniences me, as I go against my will. This also comes with the attendant health risks of eating food from outside.
It Provides You with a Feel-Good Factor
Having a clean environment comes with the feeling of comfort and confidence. This is because you can easily attend to emergent or spontaneous activities or situations. For example, you can confidently host guests if your home is clean. You can also organize a party or gather with your friends in your home.
One time, my mom said that a dirty environment makes her bored. This has always stayed in my mind and motivates me to carry out cleaning activities at home.
It Takes You Closer to God
We have all heard the statement, “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” Even though not directly from the Bible, there are still numerous verses in the Bible stressing both physical and spiritual cleanliness.
For example, Leviticus 14:8–9 (NIV) states that “The person to be cleansed must wash their clothes, shave off all their hair, and bathe with water; then they will be ceremonially clean. After this they may come into the camp, but they must stay outside their tent for seven days. On the seventh day they must shave off all their hair; they must shave their head, their beard, their eyebrows, and the rest of their hair. They must wash their clothes and bathe themselves with water, and they will be clean.”
This emphasizes the importance of staying clean in the sight of God.
Equally, Islam places an emphasis on both physical and spiritual cleanliness. In fact, it has been referred to as one of the indispensable fundamentals of the Islamic faith.
For example, Allah says in the Quran that “…Truly, Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and clean” (2:222).
Here, the two major religions agree that cleanliness is an important part of human civilization and development. Following that, people who are clean are seen to be closer to their Creator. This has been the major motivation for me to observe cleanliness.
From the discussion above, the reasons shared are some of the major motivators for me to always clean myself and my environment. I hope they are helpful and can motivate you too. Thanks for reading!