An Organized Home is a Healthy Home

A clean and organized home doesn’t just boost productivity and save time, it actually makes you feel better and decreases stress. In a recent announcement from HealthNet, a managed health care company out of California, they stress the importance of harmony between an organized and uncluttered home and your mental and physical health. See the article below:

LOS ANGELES, Mar 08, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) The month of March brings with it the official start of spring — a season associated with renewal and romance, and, on a less lyrical level — with dusting, scrubbing, and otherwise engaging in the roll-up-your-sleeves ritual known as spring cleaning. While heavy-duty housework hardly sounds inviting, Health Net, Inc. wants to spread the word that spring cleaning not only results in a tidy abode, but also brings with it mental health benefits.

Studies have shown that a dirty, disorganized home can harbor health threats in the form of mold, bacteria and clutter-caused injuries, but such an environment also can negatively impact mental health, explains Ian Shaffer, M.D., chief medical officer of MHN, Health Net’s behavioral health subsidiary. “A thorough spring cleaning definitely brings with it a feel-good sense of satisfaction,” he adds, “and the physical exertion of dusting, vacuuming and scrubbing has been found to reduce stress and anxiety.”

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